On Monday 22 July 2019, the General Secretary of the Labour Party, Jennie Formby, presented a report to the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) about antisemitism cases over the previous six months.
The result that interests me is that, of the 28 cases that were concluded by the National Constitutional Committee (NCC) between 1 January and 30 June 2019:
● 8 members were expelled
● 3 members received an extended suspension.
● 4 members received a warning.
● 1 member received no action, as the NCC found the charges to be unproven.
● 12 members left the Labour Party after being referred to the NCC.
I am the one member in 28 against whom no action was taken because the charges were found to be unproven. I am the thin yellow sliver on the pie chart.
The National Constitutional Committee is the Labour Party’s highest disciplinary body. It takes its role very seriously, free from political influence. If the charges against me had been proven, I am absolutely certain that action would have been taken.
Another time, I’ll say more about the cost – both personal and financial – of having to defend myself against a vexatious complaint. For now, let it be noted that the disciplinary process is improving. These latest figures compare to only 10 members seen by the NCC over the same period in 2018.