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Left slate "wins huge victory" on NCC

Labour’s National Constitutional Committee (NCC) is the party’s ultimate disciplinary body, with the power to expel members referred to it by the National Executive Committee (NEC) without right of appeal except for recourse to legal action.[1]

Left slate Chair

On 13 December 2018, Anna Dyer was re-elected unopposed as Chair of the NCC, Labour’s senior disciplinary body – news which will delight Labour members eager to see the quasi-judicial group run in a more thorough fashion than was the case under the previous Labour administration.

Glasgow-based union activist Ms Dyer, who was elected to the NCC at last year’s annual conference on the left slate, was voted in as interim Chair in September,[2] replacing Maggie Cosin the Labour First-aligned, right-wing incumbent. Cosin, considered an ally of Labour First MP John Spellar, has been described by Momentum founder Jon Lansman as a ‘witchfinder general’ and appointed herself to the vast majority of three-member panels deciding high-profile disciplinary cases such as that of Marc Wadsworth, who was expelled from the party in 2018 and has launched legal action.

Highly-regarded for her integrity and determination, Ms Dyer also came to prominence in 2013 when she successfully sued the then Iain McNicol-run Labour Party for ageism:

"I took that action because there were some terrible practices and behaviour going on in those days that did a lot of damage to vulnerable individuals and to the party’s reputation. It was never about money and no financial settlement was involved, but things needed to improve and they did."[3]

On 27 October 2021, left-winger Emine Ibrahim was elected Chair of the Labour Party NCC despite the right’s efforts to gerrymandering-by-suspension.[4] She tweeted:

Member discipline and conduct must ensure the public trust us to hold public office and be the strongest we can in making our case to the electorate.[5]

Upcoming cases

After years of suspending her membership due to false allegations of anti-Semitism, the Labour Party has finally set a hearing date for Jackie Walker, who will face an NCC tribunal on 26 March 2019. Walker says:

“I’m so pleased to have a date for my hearing. Whatever the outcome, it’s been amazing to be part of an anti-racist, anti-Zionist left that has refused to be silenced by what has been the worst political witch hunt of our generation.”[6]

Another high-profile upcoming case is that of Chris Williamson MP who was suspended from the party on 27 February 2019 on charges of anti-Semitism.[7]


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