Jeremy Corbyn attempts to delay giving Scotland and Wales more seats on Labour NEC

Written by Kevin Schofield on 26 September 2016 in News

Kezia Dugdale told Jeremy Corbyn "how dare you preach unity and then try to undermine me as Scottish leader”

Jeremy Corbyn - credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Jeremy Corbyn will today make a new attempt to delay rule changes which would give Scotland and Wales more seats on Labour's ruling National Executive Committee.

The NEC was expected to meet at 7.30am at Labour's annual conference in Liverpool to discuss the plans.

Under the proposals - which were backed by the NEC last week - the leaders of Scottish and Welsh Labour would each be able to appoint one member to the NEC.


RELATED CONTENT

Theresa May rejects “desperate” claims she warned David Cameron against emergency brake on EU immigration

UK Party conferences 2016 - a comedy of errors


But the Labour leader fears this would give his opponents a guaranteed majority on the NEC and wants party members in Scotland and Wales to elect the new representatives instead.

At an NEC meeting on Saturday night - just hours after he was resoundingly re-elected Labour leader - Corbyn was defeated in an attempt to delay a vote on the changes until next year's party conference.

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale told him: "How dare you preach unity and then try to undermine me as Scottish leader.”

PoliticsHome understands that Corbyn and his allies spent yesterday putting pressure on the GMB to support his position, in a move which could help tip the balance in his favour if it goes to a vote at this morning's meeting.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey yesterday gave a clear hint that his union will back Mr Corbyn.

He said: "We believe there should be a seat for Scotland and Wales, but we believe it should be an elected seat, so there is a slight confusion about what 'appointed by the leader' means.

"It's placed us in a difficult situation because most of the rule changes going through we support."

Tags

Categories

Related Articles

SNP depute leader Keith Brown to leave Scottish Government as reshuffle begins
26 June 2018

Keith Brown will become the party’s standing campaign director, with responsibility for policy development and preparation for future elections

Interview: Keith Brown on being elected SNP depute leader
21 June 2018

Exclusive interview with the SNP’s new depute leader on the Growth Commission report, indyref2 and how he interprets his role

 

Nicola Sturgeon announces pay rise for NHS staff
9 June 2018

The increase will apply to all NHS staff in Scotland working under Agenda for Change and earning up to £80,000

Related Sponsored Articles

Associate feature: 5 ways IoT is transforming the public sector
5 February 2018

Vodafone explores some of the ways IoT is significantly improving public sector service delivery

Share this page