Reasons for suspension of left-wing NCC colleague become clearer as rumours of bid circulate
Left-winger Emine Ibrahim is planning a bid next week to become the new chair of the NCC, Labour’s ultimate disciplinary committee – at least unless and until Keir Starmer and David Evans get their new, supposedly ‘independent’ process (though in fact entirely Evans-appointed) into gear – according to rumours circulating among Labour insiders.
Ebrahim was re-elected to the NCC at last month’s annual conference and the left has a thin majority on the committee despite the best efforts of the Labour right to rig the vote by suspending as many left delegates as it could before the conference.
The rumour casts light on the party machine’s suspension of newly-elected fellow NCC left-winger Rheian Davies this week over years-old and entirely accurate comments on social media and in private groups.
In a typical example of the party’s selective and lopsided treatment of complaints, Labour readmitted a former councillor who quit the party, despite the fact that he had referred to Ibrahim with the Islamophobic term ‘Jezbollah’. Ibrahim has been highly critical of the party’s inaction over the widespread and entrenched anti-Muslim prejudice among the Labour right, so the machine will not be eager to see her elected to a senior position.
Insiders say the votes could still stack up for an Ibrahim win, despite the party’s gerrymandering tactics. If elected, she would succeed the respected Anna Dyer, who served on the committee for several years and ran a tight, quasi-judicial process.
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