Statement from NEC

Following the cancellation of the AGM I have received  numerous  emails requesting more information. This is statement I received from the NEC.

"CLP meetings
In recent months there has been a marked increase in reports of intimidation and threatening behaviour taking place at party meetings. Whilst the NEC recognises that the majority of our members hold vigorous yet collegiate meetings, the NEC has a duty of care for individuals who feel that their safety is threatened. It was therefore saddened to have to take the decision to suspend all normal party meetings at CLP and branch level until the completion of the leadership election.

However, in recognition that there is some essential business which must be agreed by CLPs, the NEC has made a number of exceptions to this suspension while this timetable is in place.  If there are any queries, please contact your Regional Director/General Secretary who will be able to provide guidance.

Meetings able to go ahead as agreed by the NEC include those:

  • Meetings solely for the purpose of making a supporting nomination in the leadership contest and for essential Annual Conference business
  • Campaign planning meetings for by-elections or devolved mayor campaigns
  • Any other meetings (such as Executive Committee meetings or social or fundraising events) with the explicit permission of the Regional Director/General Secretary

Meetings which go ahead under these exceptions will not consider ordinary motions or other business, except as explicitly agreed by the Regional Director/General Secretary. This means any CLP meeting already scheduled should be postponed until after the completion of the leadership election. This will be with immediate effect."

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commented 2016-08-10 13:42:25 +0100
This is a disgraceful attack on party democracy. This is dictatorship for poitical reasons, pure and simple. The right wing are scared witless by the support for Jeremy Corbyn, and have acted to stop members from expressing their anger at the MP’s who have instigated a leadership contest so soon after members elected Jeremy. Their refusal to accept the democratic will of the party is scandalous, and shows that they would rather cause divisions and have another Tory Government than have a proper Labour government, rather than a Blairite Tory- light privatising one.
I have attended hundreds of Labour Party meetings and never witnessed the behavior described – even if it happened, then justice demands that each case is dealt with appropriately, not a blanket ban on all members meeting in the whole country (even fundraising!) without the express permission of the hierarchy!
It smacks of desperation, and if the boot was on the other foot, how the Blairites would be screaming foul!
commented 2016-07-26 11:29:42 +0100
So when are we having our meeting to discuss the Leadership Election?

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