Labour left national executive committee members have said they took the decision to withdraw from the meeting on Tuesday “in the hope of pressing a reset button and returning hopefully to a more reasonable environment”.
Speaking at a Momentum-hosted event this evening, newly-elected representatives Gemma Bolton and Mish Rahman discussed the decision of 13 left-wing members to leave the first NEC meeting since the elections.
The reps staged the digital walkout because the existing rotating chair system was being overturned by the leadership, which allowed veteran MP Margaret Beckett to become chair rather than Labour left FBU rep and then NEC vice-chair Ian Murray.
Bolton said tonight: “After the undermining of the NEC’s processes in refusing to restore the whip to Jeremy, left reps on the NEC wrote to our new general secretary almost a week ago asking in the strongest terms that they reconsider.”
The NEC members wrote to David Evans after the walkout and argued the “true reason” Starmer wanted Beckett to become chair was that Murray had signed the first letter to the general secretary about restoring the whip to Corbyn.