Jeremy Corbyn snubbed over plans to block more powers for Scottish Labour

Posted On: 
24th September 2016

Jeremy Corbyn failed tonight in a bid to delay plans to give the Scottish Labour complete autonomy from the party's UK headquarters.

Jeremy Corbyn tried to block plans to give Scottish Labour more powers
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In an embarrassing snub, the newly re-elected Labour leader was also blocked as he tried to postpone moves to increase Scottish and Welsh representation on the party's ruling National Executive Committee.

The changes were approved at a meeting of the NEC last Tuesday, and are due to be voted on at this week's Labour conference.

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But at an NEC meeting held just hours after he was re-elected Labour leader, Mr Corbyn tried to delay a vote on the changes until next September.

A source said: "Jeremy wanted to postpone the whole thing, which would have meant it wouldn't come back until next year's conference.

"There wasn't a vote in the room, but he lost - even his own supporters made it clear these changes have to happen."

PoliticsHome has been told that Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale "argued her case very strongly" at tonight's meeting.

One Labour MP said: "Corbyn's first act after talking about reaching out and unifying the party was to try and undo a decision to allow Scottish and Welsh representatives to have voting rights at the NEC.

"But he got turned over by his own NEC. Incompetence reigns."

A spokesman for Mr Corbyn said: "There were no votes at all this evening, just discussions on a range of issues.

"Jeremy wanted to give Scottish and Welsh executives the opportunity to decide how it would be implemented."


Meanwhile, the NEC also agreed that talks on giving Labour MPs a say on Mr Corbyn's Shadow Cabinet were also delayed.

The party leader has been holding discussions with chief whip Rosie Winterton over the plan, but no agreement has been reached.

Mr Corbyn is thought to favour also giving party members a say on the make up of his front bench team.

Around a dozen of the shadow ministers who quit in the wake of the EU referendum result have indicated that they are willing to serve Mr Corbyn again.