Talk of trigger ballots, deselection and factional manoeuvres is rife in the Labour party after three Momentum candidates were elected on the party's NEC – tipping the balance in favour of the Corbynistas. Since that election, the NEC moved swiftly to vote to oust Ann Black as chair of the Disputes Panel in favour of Christine Shawcroft.
The panel is responsibly for deciding whether to investigate sexist, racist, homophobic and anti-semitic abuse - and given that Shawcroft herself was suspended from the party in 2015 (for publicly supporting disgraced Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman), many moderates are concerned over her appointment and what it means for Labour's disciplinary procedure going forward.
So, it will do little to ease nerves, to learn of the latest antics from the Labour Against the Witchhunt group that aims to end the 'witch-hunt against the pro-Corbyn left in the Labour Party' and is led by Jackie Walker, who was removed as Momentum vice-chair over an anti-Semitism row. The group say they 'welcome' Shawcroft's election and now hope to hope for the Labour left to go further and end the suspension of such members:
Tuesday January 23, 11am-1pm:
LAW lobby of Labour NEC meeting
Venue: London, Southside, 105 Victoria Street SW1E 6QT
Suspended and expelled members will be present to speak to NEC members. “We welcome the election of Christine Shawcroft as chair of the Disputes Panel. But more is needed: now that there is a clear left majority on this leading body of the party, the witch-hunt against some of the best campaigners in the Labour movement has to come to a swift end!”, says Tony Greenstein, vice-chair of the campaign and suspended from the party for over 20 months.
Jackie Walker, chair of LAW and formerly vice-chair of Momentum, and also suspended for almost two years, adds:
“We want to speak to all NEC members and tell them about our demands to democratise the Labour Party:
1. A moratorium on any new NCC witch-hunt cases
2. The withdrawal of all outstanding NCC witch-hunt cases
3. The immediate implementation of the Chakrabarti report recommendations on Labour’s disciplinary procedures in respect of natural justice and due process.”
This is going to end well...