EHRC report said that any leadership interference in disciplinary processes was outlawed. Now Starmer and Evans plan to be both judge and prosecutor
LabourList reported yesterday that Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) had approved the ‘outlines’ of a new disciplinary system that would end the role of the NCC, the National Constitutional Committee first set up by Labour to ensure that the NEC could not be both prosecutor and judge on disciplinary cases that might result in a member’s expulsion.
However, the key details were missing. Labour does intend to create a new process for ‘cases relating to protected characteristics’ – and supposedly this is in response to the findings of the EHRC report on Labour’s disciplinary processes.
But the EHRC report concluded that any ‘political interference’ by the leadership of the party in complaints is discriminatory – yet according to senior insiders, Keir Starmer and David Evans intend to respond by taking direct control of a large element of the disciplinary process.
In the new process, a panel of ‘trained’ NEC members will judge all complaints relating to any ‘protected characteristic’ – for example race, religion, gender, sexuality or disability. According to senior Labour sources, that panel will consist of just three NEC members.
And Starmer and Evans will decide who the three are.
According to the same sources, the appeals ‘board’ will also have three NEC members – and those three will also be chosen by Starmer and Evans.
One source told Skwawkbox:
The NCC was set up to ensure that the same people couldn’t act as both prosecutor and judge on complaints against Labour members. Now that’s exactly what will be happening – but it will be badged as ‘independent’.
Meanwhile, the NCC – trained, highly experienced and independent volunteers who give hundreds of hours for free to the party to run quasi-judicial hearings – is either sidelined on key cases or, more likely, going to be abolished completely and apparently without even a rubber stamp from Labour’s supposedly sovereign conference, despite Labour’s now well-known financial troubles.
The Labour party has been contacted for comment.
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