Skwawkbox exclusive: Party was set to lose legal action by wronged local officers – but reinstated them at the 11th hour.
On Saturday (Feb 6) the Labour party reinstated elected local party officers, under legal pressure from the wronged officials and the Unite union.
The officers were suspended in a clear breach of human rights laws governing freedom of speech for allowing debate and votes on motions of solidarity with former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
The party was expected to lose the case brought by those wrongfully suspended. But before the judgment was handed down, the party emailed those affected to tell them they had been reinstated.
The notification revealed that an NEC meeting had been convened that morning, only hours before, considered the cases and agreed reinstatement while adding that they had justly been accused and found guilty and future defiance of the General Secretary’s advice would lead to further disciplinary action.
The letter went to say that while the party acknowledged members right to free speech it claimed that all elected local party officers are there to do the General Sectary’s bidding and act on his advice/orders.
It further warns this reprimand will remain active for one year and will be taken into account if further disciplinary matters arise.
The Word says: Corbyn is still exiled and does not look likely to be ever allowed back (court instructions aside) and Evans’ dictatorial ‘advice’ still stands. Will the reinstated pick up where they left off or have they too been sufficiently cowed like the PLP Left? We are watching.
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