And then there were four…


Another day, another suspension…

IN addition to Jo Bird (now reinstated) and Mohammed Azam, two more NEC candidates have now been suspended.

The latest is Mehmood Mirza, hard on the heels of Graham Durham a few days ago. We carry short reports on their cases.

As ever, “in order to protect the rights of all concerned”, they are asked i.e. instructed not to share the charges or any related information with third parties.

It is hard to see how this protects the rights of the accused. Perhaps someone can explain?

Update, 23rd Feb: and now there are five! See A joint statement regarding all recent suspensions


Mehmood Mirza with Jeremy Corbyn

Another Labour NEC candidate suspended over alleged anti-semitism

Morning Star, 18 Feb

A candidate in the Labour national executive committee (NEC) by-elections has been suspended from the party over alleged anti-semitism.

Graham Durham, of Brent CLP, was suspended over his criticism of Labour leadership candidate Rebecca Long Bailey at a meeting in January.

The Jewish Chronicle reported that he had said: “She has been cuddling up to the Jewish Labour Movement and the Chief Rabbi, a well-known Tory. We should not be allowing that.”

Mr Durham told LabourList today that the report was “inaccurate” and that most of the 150 people at the meeting “applauded the points I made in critical support of Rebecca Long Bailey.”

Before he was suspended, he tweeted on Sunday: “I am not to my knowledge suspended but, whilst anti-racist to my core, I did call the Chief Rabbi a Tory […] are facts illegal now?”

His suspension follows Birkenhead councillor Jo Bird, the only Jewish candidate standing for the NEC, being reinstated after being suspended for the second time in less than a year.

Her CLP nominations, of which she has at least 110, are considered valid.

Mr Durham surpassed the threshold of five CLP nominations


Excl: left BAME NEC candidate suspended – complaint includes applause at meeting and was briefed to right-wing media

Skwawbox, 21 Feb

A left candidate for the BAME (black, Asian, minority ethnic) seat on Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) has been suspended after a complaint to the party about his conduct.

Mehmood Mirza, who received 75 nominations from local parties, would be unable to publicise the nature of the complaint because of Labour’s confidentiality requirements. However, while the precise nature of the complaint is unknown, a Labour source has told the SKWAWKBOX that parts relate to Mirza applauding a speaker’s comments at a Labour Party meeting and walking around a meeting after members were asked to remain seated.

The SKWAWKBOX also understands that Mirza’s supporters allege that the complaint was lodged by a figure on the left of the party.

Two hours before Mirza received notification from the party, he received a call from the right-wing Telegraph newspaper asking him to comment on the complaint.

Recently, two BAME candidates – Cllr Jo Bird and Mohammed Azam – were suspended by the party after similar complaints. Jo Bird was quickly reinstated and enjoys a high degree of popularity among Labour’s left members. Mr Azam is understood to be out of the country dealing with a family matter.

The Labour Party does not comment on individual cases.

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Comments (2)

  • Mary Davies says:

    The witch-hunt continues…yet what mental and physical effect this has on the victims of these cruel allegations should concern us all.

  • Mark Francis says:

    When do WE start complaints against them? Such as non jewish members like Euan Philipps who attack jewish members for anti semitism because they do not suport his obsessive hardline views on israel.

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