Treachery in the Labour Party? Vested interests try to stymie new General Secretary

Controversial: Jennie Formby.

John Cryer may be a veteran Labour left-winger, but he is not doing the will of the people in leaking an email outlining vague concerns about new GenSec Jennie Formby.

It seems Ms Formby has told two party officials, who quit in response to her appointment, not to work out their notice.

Perhaps there are trust issues with acting Parliamentary Labour Party secretary Dan Simpson and compliance chief John Stolliday?

Mr Stolliday’s departure will be welcomed by many of those who have been through the Labour Party’s current disputes procedure – a kangaroo court system that offers almost no opportunity for party members accused of breaching the rules to defend themselves.

Ms Formby has dedicated herself to the creation of a fairer system – in particular, with reference to accusations of anti-Semitism. She intends to implement the long-delayed recommendations of the Chakrabarti Report, published in 2016, introducing much-needed transparency into the procedure.

As for Mr Simpson, This Writer has no information about him. But his resignation was as a result of Ms Formby’s appointment as GenSec, so it would be reasonable for her to conclude that he would not be a hindrance rather than a help.

Mr Cryer should appreciate this.

So I question the decision to write an email about it to MPs – and to leak it to the press.

A Labour row has broken out after a senior MP attacked the “deeply troubling” and “worrying” priorities of the party’s new general secretary.

John Cryer, chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party , criticised Jennie Formby in her first week in the job in an e-mail to MPs.

The leaked e-mail blasted Ms Formby, an ally of Jeremy Corbyn , after two officials were put on gardening leave.

Acting PLP secretary Dan Simpson and compliance chief John Stolliday were both told not to return while they work out their notice, PoliticsHome reported.

Mr Cryer wrote that Ms Formby had “forced” Mr Simpson into gardening leave “rather than remaining in the service of the PLP until the summer as had been previously agreed.”

Source: Labour row as senior MP attacks ‘deeply troubling’ behaviour of new general secretary – Mirror Online


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6 thoughts on “Treachery in the Labour Party? Vested interests try to stymie new General Secretary

  1. rotzeichen

    I would question Bob Cryer’s credentials as a left wing MP. He has been a major disappointment and back seat driver for a very long time now. Funny how on the back of all the other smears just before the local elections, he is so concerned about two people that most would like to see the back of.

    The fact of the matter is we want dedicated staff that work for membership as a whole, not just a few MPs who think they own the party.

    I do hope these MPs local party’s wake up and take action.

  2. Christine Williams

    So who cares, to be on annual leave and paid, not having to work out service. Gives more time to find another job. Another failed attempt at chicken coup that is becoming more laughable by the day.

  3. aunty1960

    If anyone “quits” one would assume they would wish to leave at once, as they are so disgusted or upset at whatever or whoever happened they would not want to work out their notice.

    And this is usually agreed between management and the quiter

    I dont see the problem…

    and usually the separation deal is OK for ythe quiter, you can have the money, and perks and parting agreement money but you do not have to work the notice of a month but you will get paid.

    FINE! where is the problem or difference from any other resignation situation?

    I got a package and extended leaving long noticeof two paid months on top from NHS for raising patient care, nursing practice and clinical standards, did not have to work it. Did finish my career for life as they promised, but then what is new

    3rd of nurses dropped out or expelled for raising issues and practice during New Labour years, not 2/3rds drop out

    sometimes they would suspend people for years in NHS and Public Sector including excellent medical practitioners and consultants, teachers and social workers because they could not sack them but they would be on full pay for all this time and Unions participated in that too. 7 and 12 yrs of some I knew.

    NO NEWS, that is the The News

    All these tricks and suspensions and wastage should be stopped.

    1. aunty1960

      “Now 2/3rds drop out” as cannot guarantee patient care, standards or own professional liability as being directed and ordered to do the opposite to patient care by govt and private corporations who have the public service contracts..

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