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I’m not sure it’s fair to say the protest against Labour’s ultra-right-wing secretary Iain McNicol caused outrage among the Labour right, just because Johanna Baxter may have turned on the water works again.

You’ll recall Ms Baxter criticised Jeremy Corbyn last year for opposing secret voting at a Labour NEC meeting on whether he should automatically go on the ballot paper for that year’s party leadership election.

Mr Corbyn’s supporters had threatened to hold Mr McNicol legally liable for the cost of high court action if the decision went against the Labour leader.

Ms Baxter had to be prompted by an interviewer before she remembered to suggest that open voting would lay some NEC members open to abuse by supporters of Mr Corbyn.

She had previously released her contact details to the public, calling for opinions on whether Mr Corbyn should be allowed onto the leadership ballot paper without nominations from the Parliamentary Labour Party – and then cried crocodile tears while falsely claiming bullies had published her details online as part of a campaign of intimidation against her and other NEC members, to make them support Mr Corbyn’s case.

In fact, she has been responsible for a lot of naughty behaviour. Here‘s an article listing some of it.

But she is still only one person.

This Writer brought a motion before my own Constituency Labour Party, demanding Mr McNicol’s removal, a year ago. It was rejected on the advice of the secretary – advice which I consider to have been mistaken.

I am therefore heartened to see that other CLPs were successful in putting through motions of censure against the errant party secretary.

I think his removal is probably supported by a large proportion of the party – especially those he tried to exclude from participation in party democracy last year.

The first of a series of direct-action protests against Labour General Secretary Iain McNicol took place a short time ago outside Labour’s Brighton Centre conference venue, as protestors held signs near the entrance to the centre, wearing t-shirts that spelled out their message.

It didn’t take long for the message to have an impact inside the hall. Johanna Baxter, who was overwhelmingly voted off the NEC (National Executive Committee) during last year’s election of CLP delegates, stood to express trembling outrage at the protest against ‘an employee of the party’. McNicol’s performance in his post was not a factor in her speech.

Source: #ResignMcNicol protest causes outrage among Labour right | The SKWAWKBOX


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