Despite all their dirty tricks, Jeremy Corbyn’s opponents could not prevent him from being re-elected with an increased majority.
It’s going to be even harder for them next time they try to oust him.
To start with, those thousands of new members who joined since January 12 will be able to vote and most of those who have been suspended will have their suspensions lifted.
With newly elected NEC members taking office, it won’t be so easy to find an excuse to suspend members. And it’s not Corbyn supporters who are tearing up their membership cards!
But much remains to be done.
The Parthian shot of outgoing NEC members was to exclude many pro-Corbyn delegates from Conference while proposing the re-introduction of elections to Shadow Cabinet – a proposal, if unopposed, which could lead to Jeremy being rendered ineffective as a leader by stacking the Shadow Cabinet with those he cannot trust!
Here are some suggestions for NEC reform.
1.No decision by outgoing NEC members should be binding on their predecessors, newly elected members should take office immediately instead of waiting until after Conference.
2.NEC’s discretion to interpret regulations needs to be restricted to prevent them from making up rules as they go along. No rule should come into effect until at least 1 month AFTER it has been publicised.
Have readers other suggestions to share?
Thanks to Mike Coulson for getting the ball rolling