Tucked away in a September 2016 report by an alarmed eyewitness to that month’s NEC (National Executive Committee) meeting is some remarkable information that points a finger squarely at one senior Labour figure for attempts to roll back the ongoing re-democratisation of the party in what amounts to a disenfranchisement of the largely pro-Corbyn membership – and a move that stacked the NEC against the party’s leader in spite of the efforts of delegates at last year’s party Conference.
At the Liverpool Conference in September 2016, the right of the party made a successful and unlawful move to lever two additional, anti-Corbyn members onto the NEC. Labour’s rules and procedures were ignored or trampled in order to force through a ‘pre-packed’ rule change adding one unelected member to the NEC for each of the leaders of Scottish and Welsh Labour. Pro-Corbyn Irish Labour was not included.
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