Labour Conference chair Lillis already ignoring votes | The SKWAWKBOX Blog

160725 Labour badgesIf this is right – and, considering it is by Steve Walker, it undoubtedly is – then the Labour Party Conference has been perverted by the chair of the party’s own National Executive Committee.

Members cannot let even an apparent abuse of democracy pass by. These decision must be questioned – otherwise more abuses will follow.

If anybody else at the conference witnessed this or other incidents, you need to take whatever action is appropriate to have these matters reviewed, investigated and, if necessary, reversed.

Paddy Lillis, the NEC chair who has been chairing Labour’s first conference session… has already been demonstrating contempt for democracy.

The vote … to accept/reject the ‘Conference Arrangement Committee’ report, in which the CAC attempts to justify its decision to ignore some of the most key issues raised by Labour constituency parties and members, was voted on by a show of hands that had a huge number of ‘reject’ hands raised – at the very least, it was tight and probably more than those voting to accept, so a proper ballot was required. People at various heights and angles around the hall have confirmed this.

Lillis declared the ‘accept’ vote ‘overwhelmingly carried’.

Subsequently, various people stood to ‘reference back’ (i.e. object to and put to a delegate vote’) the fact that the NEC’s (National Executive Committee) proposed rule changes are offered as a ‘take it or leave it’ package, rather than allowing members to vote individually on rule changes. This means members have to reject good changes if they want to reject very bad ones.

Lillis simply waved off these objections: “It would take time to discuss them all. If you object to any of the changes, you’ll just have to vote against them all’, or words very close to those.

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8 thoughts on “Labour Conference chair Lillis already ignoring votes | The SKWAWKBOX Blog

  1. Debbie Friedman

    It’s scandalous and an affront to the democratic process but then that’s already apparent in the culling of members’ votes for the leadership. I sincerely hope the powers that be in Corbyn’s camp have their eye on the ball with this one. It’s horrible feeling like a powerless bystander in this gerrymandering process. I hope justice (somehow) will prevail – or this NEC power balance issue will be the undoing. A complete stitch-up unless it can be reversed or re balanced before it gets passed.

  2. Roy Beiley

    You could not make this anymore sinister. What a way to carry on. Or is that the intention? To make the membership give up and Fall into line?

  3. rockingbass

    If this goes on, Humpty Dumpty (The Labour party)can not be put back together again. It reminds me of past conferences….A vote of no confidence in the NEC required today.and the chairman.

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