“The FBU calls for this decision to be reversed and at a minimum for Jamie Driscoll to be allowed to appeal to a panel of the NEC to hear his case.”
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) have published the following statement in response to the Labour Party blocking North of Tyne Mayor Jamie Driscoll from standing for the new North East Mayoral selection.
The decision to exclude Jamie Discoll, a sitting mayor from the North East mayoral selection process, is an utter disgrace. This move, amongst a long list of anti-democratic maneuvers by the Labour Party leadership, rides roughshod over Keir Starmer’s previous commitments to democracy in the party.
In 2020 he previously outlined the following:
“The selections for Labour candidates needs to more democratic and we should end NEC impositions of candidates. Local Party members should select their candidates for every election.”
Moreover, Keir Starmer sat down with Jamie Driscoll for an interview in the same year asserting:
“disciplining people to be united is going nowhere… [and that] ‘there is more that unites us than divides us’ is really powerful.”
Keir Starmer should show leadership and act in accordance with his previous statements.
The FBU calls for this decision to be reversed and at a minimum for Jamie Driscoll to be allowed to appeal to a panel of the NEC to hear his case.
Matt Wrack, General Secretary
Ian Murray, President
Tony Curry, North East Executive Council Member
Brian Harris, North East Regional Secretary