Free

Update for anyone who has been following the saga of my troubles with the Labour Party; here’s the conclusion: I’ve been expelled (freed).

This is the letter I received:

NEC Disciplinary Decision

As you are aware, the Labour Party has been conducting an investigation into the allegation that you have breached Chapter 2 Clause I.8 of the Labour Party Rule Book.

We have previously written to you informing you that an NEC panel would consider your case and the possible use of the NEC’s powers under Chapter 1 Clause VIII.3.A and Chapter 6 Clause I.1.B as amended by Annual Conference 2019. In that letter we invited you to submit any representations and evidence in response to the allegations.

An NEC Panel met on 30 January 2020 and considered all the evidence that the Party put to you and any representations and evidence submitted by you in response. After considering all the evidence in the case, the Panel has come to the following conclusions:

Your conduct was in breach of Chapter 2 Clause I.8, in particular it can reasonably be seen to demonstrate hostility or prejudice based on race, religion or belief.

In coming to this conclusion the panel considered that your conduct contravened both the provisions of the NEC Code of Conduct on Antisemitism and the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism and its accompanying examples.

That the case was suitable for use of the powers under Chapter 1 Clause VIII.3.A A and Chapter 6 Clause I.1.B as amended by Annual Conference 2019, the following conditions having been met:

a. The proposed charge and all evidence to be relied upon were put to you;
b. You were given a reasonable opportunity to submit any evidence and make any representations in response to the proposed charge;
c. There was sufficient evidence in documentary or other recorded form to reasonably conclude that the charge was proven and justify the sanction proposed;
d. The evidence relied upon was sufficient to conclude that the charge was proven and justify the sanction imposed without the reasonable need for witness evidence;
e. There was no other compelling reason to determine the matter by an oral hearing;
f. No member of the panel taking the decision was involved in the conduct of the investigation or making of recommendations as a result of the investigation.

Taking into account all relevant evidence, and the factors above, the Panel has concluded that the appropriate sanction is to expel you from membership of the Labour Party. The NEC shall not normally consider any application for re-admission until a minimum of five years has elapsed. Under the Labour Party’s rules you have the right to appeal against the decision*

Hardly a detailed explanation of how my “conduct contravened both the provisions of the NEC Code of Conduct on Antisemitism and the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism and its accompanying examples.” But I wasn’t really expecting that.

I have valued working alongside most Labour members in Newham and continue to hold them in high regard wish them well.

Background information here: Case 3641