Shameful treatment of Dyer can’t mask reality of danger of making NEC – in reality Evans – judge, jury and executioner
National Constitutional Committee (NCC) chair Anna Dyer was, until a legally dangerous package of rules was passed this evening as a result of a grubby backroom deal between the Labour right and their union management allies, Labour’s most senior and expert elected officer in the party’s disciplinary process.
As she came to the platform to speak on the changes and describe why they are so dangerous, she was shamefully shut down by the centrist conference chair, who first told her she could only make one ‘final’ point – and then cut across her to shut her down as she tried to make it:
The same chair then admitted he was abusing his position by giving his own opinion that the rule changes were ‘long overdue’ – it’s not a chair’s position to tell delegates how they should be voting – but he had already abused it long before that. The chairing of conference sessions by various chairs has been one of many scandals of this conference.
But for all the grubby deals, gerrymandering, suspension of left delegates and outright nonsense told to conference delegates by right-wing officials who should know better and certainly owe a better duty of transparency to assembled delegates, Ms Dyer’s point stands. As it should, given she has intimate knowledge of the quasi-judicial and legally sound processes that applied before the Labour right started to water down the role of the NCC long before now:
Having one body – and in reality one official – as judge, jury and executioner in control of the whole process and able to handpick supposedly ‘independent’ disciplinary boards is dangerous, shady and an absolute scam that deprives Labour members of even a semblance of real justice.
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