JVL Introduction

Given that the General Secretary has circulated a ruling that appears to rule out discussion of the suspension of Chris Williamson, we sugest that the motion below might be worth considering.

Model Motion

6th March 15.30; amended 18.40; amended 7th March 16.53

Calling on Jennie Formby to review guidance on current disciplinary cases

This branch notes that Jennie Formby has ruled “that individual disciplinary cases that are being/have been dealt with through the NEC Disputes Processes are confidential. Motions on individual cases are therefore not competent business for discussion at CLPs and will not be discussed by the NEC or any associated bodies”. Yet the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and a number of other members of the PLP have commented extensively in the media on disciplinary cases currently before the NEC.

This branch believes that this is a clear breach of the confidentiality Jennie Formby refers to in her guidance. This branch also believes that it is unfair for members of the PLP to be allowed to breach Party rules while CLPs and individual members are held strictly to account.

This branch therefore calls on Jennie Formby to review her guidance, particularly with regard to current disciplinary cases, and to say publicly whether members of the PLP are to be held to the same standards as CLPs and ordinary members.

In addition, this branch calls on Jennie Formby to rule that those individuals who have been suspended, and who have been subjected to extensive allegations of antisemitism and abuse in the media by leading party members, can no longer receive a fair hearing and that their suspensions should be lifted.