Jewish left-winger Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi was elected to NEC in recent elections, to the outrage of right-wingers – now as many predicted the party has found a pretext to suspend her
Left-winger Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi, the only Jewish ‘CLP’ member of Labour’s national executive (NEC), has been suspended by the Labour party, on the pretext that she spoke at an event involving ‘proscribed’ groups before they were proscribed.
The announcement of her election to the NEC was delayed by several hours, apparently in order to allow right-wing groups and hostile press to prepare statements and articles condemning her election and demanding that she – despite being the only Jewish elected representative on the NEC – be allowed nowhere near the party’s disciplinary processes. The statements and articles were published within moments of the formal public announcement of the election results – and many of her supporters predicted that it wouldn’t be long before the regime engineered her suspension or expulsion to get her off the NEC.
Ms Wimborne-Idrissi, who has frequently been targeted by the regime because of her pro-Palestinian views, tweeted the news in the last hour:
The manoeuvre also removes Wimborne-Idrissi from the usual NEC meetings that take place leading up to Labour’s conference about the items that will be discussed and the proposals delegates will be allowed to vote on at the event, which begins this weekend.
The suspension comes just hours before Al Jazeera’s investigative unit broadcasts the first of a three-part exposé of the Labour right’s sinister abuse of democracy and privacy to ‘crush democracy’ in the party – and just hours after the broadcaster published a trailer for the programme that featured Ms Wimborne-Idrissi, among others:
The appearance led to further predictions that she would be suspended – and so it turned out to be, with the Labour taking steps to negate the democratic decision of party members to elect her.
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