Islamabad: The chairman Jammu Kashmir Self-Determination Movement International, Raja Najabat Hussain, and Mohammed Azam Secretary General of JKSDMI congratulated MP Yasmin Dar on becoming the chair of Labour’s disputes panel at the national executive committee (NEC) meeting on Tuesday. Labour party Representative Yasmine Dar a Manchester City councilor beat competition from the Momentum founder Jon Lansman and a former NEC vice-chairwoman, Wendy Nichols. She elected as head of a disputes panel that hears member complaints and has the power to conduct hearings and interviews.
Raja Najabat Hussain, in his congratulating statement said that Yasmine Dar who is also chairperson of the Jammu Kashmir Self Determination Movement International United Kingdom said she is a true and tireless representative of grassroots members and has always stood up for fair and transparent disciplinary processes, and we hope that MP Yasmin Dar as a chair of Labour’s disputes panel (LDP) post will try her best to deliver, JKSDMI chief added.
The Labour’s disputes panel body post, which currently allows the holder to oversee Labor’s disciplinary cases, became vacant as incumbent Claudia Webbe left the NEC after being elected as a Labour MP in December 2019. When Webbe was elected as disputes chair in 2018, her candidacy was proposed by now-suspended Pete Willsman. She stood unopposed and the decision to elect her as chair was unanimous. But the fresh contest was closely fought this afternoon, as Lansman stood for the role – splitting the Labour left vote on the ruling body – and UNISON rep Wendy Nichols also put her forward. Jeremy Corbyn also attended the NEC meeting and voted for Ms. Dar.
Writing for Labour List in May 2019, Yashmin Dar had said: “I’m in favor of radical reforms to Labour’s disciplinary procedures so that we can more swiftly kick out the small number of anti-Semites in our ranks. “But as a member of the national executive committee, I haven’t seen any evidence that this prejudice among a minority of members is an institutional problem.”
Reacting to the Equality and Human Rights Commission decision to launch an investigation into Labour for alleged institutional anti-Semitism, Dar added: “What the EHRC has missed is an opportunity to rise above party politics and address deep rooted inequalities within our society.
“Instead of separate investigations into Labour and the Tories, the EHRC could have launched a joint inquiry into both, and prejudice in politics more broadly. The NEC disputes panel hears membership appeals, applications for re-admission to the party, party disputes and conciliation, and operates in a quasi-judicial way to conduct interviews and hearings.