Beckett’s position has become untenable
Margaret Beckett, the veteran Labour MP appointed by the right as chair in a ‘coup’ to prevent Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) having a left-wing chair, has this evening abused elected NEC member Laura Pidcock, calling her a ‘silly cow’.
NEC members have told SKWAWKBOX that Unite representative on the NEC, Howard Beckett (no relation), and others immediately demanded Margaret Beckett’s resignation. He also took his namesake to task for the use of such a gender-based insult in the week of International Women’s Day and pointed out that members have been suspended for saying far less.
Others weighed in, despite attempts by Unison’s Wendy Nichols to shut the matter down. Acting general secretary David Evans has apparently conceded that at least two complaints against Ms Beckett were already in play and would be investigated.
The Labour right broke party practice and protocol to install Beckett – on the NEC at the gift of Keir Starmer – in place of the left-wing vice-chair who had been due to take over. Ms Beckett has rendered her position – on the NEC at all, not just as chair – untenable.
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