Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, who has appointed herself to an unlawfully-created NEC position.

This Writer’s own CLP (Constituency Labour Party) was the first to try to get the undemocratically-imposed right-wing NEC members removed after a rigged vote in the Labour conference last year.

And no, I wasn’t the one pushing for it (well, not the only one)!

This seems an opportune moment to report back on what happened with that.

A while ago, I received evidence that NEC member Ann Black, who sits on that body’s Organisation Committee, had reported that the motion from Brecon and Radnorshire CLP, calling for the nullification of the vote on a package of 15 measures including the addition of two nominated NEC members from Welsh and Scottish Labour, had been “lost”.

Our motion stated that NEC chair Paddy Lillis, who had been chairing the party conference at the time the package of measures was considered, ignored calls for separate votes on each proposal, in violation of conference rules. This meant the vote he forced conference to make should be null and void.

Concerned about Ms Black’s claim – and about comments that CLP motions are regularly ignored by the NEC – a member of my local Labour Branch got in touch with that organisation and demanded to know what had happened.

They received a response from internal governance officer Rebecca Child, as follows: “The motion was tabled at the meeting of the NEC Organisation Committee in January and noted.

“The NEC accepted the decision of conference in respect of these matters and the rule changes as passed at conference are agreed.”

This indicates three things:

Firstly, the NEC has ignored the illegality of the conference vote on the changes including its new members.

Secondly, Ms Black lied about what happened to our motion – tying members of the local party up with trying to find out what was going on when they could have been doing better things.

Thirdly, it seems the claim that the NEC simply ignores motions from constituency parties is correct.

When my local branch discussed these developments last week, members agreed to work on a new motion to provide grassroots members with more influence on the NEC. A possibility is a petition page on the party’s website for members, similar to the government’s e-petitions page (but hopefully with more effect).

It seems wise to suggest, also, a mechanism of networking between CLPs, in order to bring matters of concern with party organisation and policy to the attention of members living elsewhere and build consensus to demand action from the NEC.

Labour is not a democratic organisation at the moment. That must change – and the only way it will do so is for members to demand it.

We await the result of the Garston/Halewood motion with interest.

This blog has previously highlighted the two additional, right-wing members levered onto Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) to obstruct the party’s direction under Corbyn and h…

Source: Garston/Halewood CLP demands removal of unlawful NEC members | The SKWAWKBOX

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