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Letter suspending Cllr Sohail Munawar
from all Labour Party activities

Bullying, harassment and sexual harassment claims




02 November 2017

REF: L0103829
Case No: DCN-0245

 

Dear Cllr Munawar,

Notice of administrative suspension from holding office or representing the Labour Party (and from Slough Labour Group)

Allegations that you may have been involved in a breach of Labour Party rules have been brought to the attention of national officers of the Party. These allegations include conduct which is in breach of the Party’s

bullying and harassment procedure towards other Party members

and therefore a breach of rule 2.I.8. There is also an allegation of

sexual harassment in the form of an explicit video sent over Whatsapp to a number of other Party members.

It is important that these allegations are investigated and the NEC will be asked to authorise a full report to be drawn up with recommendations for disciplinary action if appropriate.

I write to give you formal notice that it has been determined that the powers given to the NEC [National Executive Committee] under Chapter 6 Clause I.1.A of the Party’s rules should be invoked to suspend you from office or representation of the party,1 pending the outcome of an internal Party investigation.

This includes the power formally conferred by Chapter 6 Clause I.1.B of the rules to impose a suspension from membership of the Slough Labour Group.

As a result you are not entitled to attend Labour Group meetings or to represent the Group in any capacity. You will however still be expected to retain your membership of the Labour Group and to abide by Group decisions as communicated to you.2

In view of the urgency to protect the Party’s reputation in the present situation the General Secretary has determined to use powers delegated to him under Chapter 1 Clause VIII.5 of the rules to impose this suspension forthwith, subject to the approval of the next meeting of the NEC.

Because of the nature of the allegations received and concerns that your presence at branch meetings may be detrimental to the Party, while subject to this administrative suspension, you cannot attend any party meetings including your own branch meeting and Annual Conference and you cannot seek office within the Party or be considered for selection as a candidate to represent the Labour Party at an election at any level.3

The General Secretary has appointed Robert Evans, South East Regional Board Member, to arrange conduct of the Party’s own investigation. You will be contacted in due course with details as to how the investigation will proceed.

Please quote case number DCN-0245 on all correspondence.

It is hoped you will offer your full co-operation to the Party in resolving this matter.

Yours sincerely

(signature)

Sam Matthews,
Head of Disputes

Explanatory notes

  1. In relation to any alleged breach of the constitution, rules or standing orders of the party by an individual member or members of the party, the NEC may, pending the final outcome of any investigation and charges (if any), suspend that individual or individuals from office or representation of the party notwithstanding the fact that the individual concerned has been or may be eligible to be selected as a candidate in any election or by-election.
  2. (Disciplinary Rules, Chapter 6 Clause I.1.A)

  3. Whilst the whip is withdrawn, attendance at group meetings is not permitted, nor is the holding of any group office or appointment nominated by the group. However, you are required to abide by the rules of the Labour Party and to comply with the whip of Slough Labour Group, and it is your responsibility to ensure that you take the necessary steps to maintain contact with the Chief Whip to achieve this during the period of suspension.
  4. A suspension of a member whether by the NEC in pursuance of 1 above or by the NCC [National Constitutional Committee] in imposing a disciplinary penalty, unless otherwise defined by that decision, shall require the membership rights of the individual member concerned to be confined to participation in their own branch meetings, unless the reason for the suspension in part or in full is their conduct in party meetings or there are concerns that their presence at branch meetings may be detrimental to the Party, and activities as an ordinary member only and in ballots of all individual members where applicable.
  5. A suspended member shall not be eligible to seek any office in the party, nor shall s/he be eligible for nomination to any panel of prospective candidates nor to represent the party in any position at any level.

    The member concerned will not be eligible to attend any CLP [Constituency Labour Party] meeting other than to fulfil the requirement to participate in ballots.

    (Disciplinary rules, Chapter 6 Clause I.3)