Excl: Bakers’ union on NEC backs Code of Conduct – attacking it through media is ‘cowardly’


BFAWU President Ian Hodson

The SKWAWKBOX spoke exclusively to Baker’s union (BFAWU) president Ian Hodson this morning about his take on the current and increasingly ridiculous smear campaign against Jeremy Corbyn and a full article on his hard-hitting comments will be published shortly.

But one of the key elements of the discussion was his statement about BFAWU’s take on the attacks on Labour’s Code of Conduct, which represents – according to NEC member and Momentum founder Jon Lansman – a ‘gold standard’ in the fight against antisemitism.

Asked whether BFAWU’s representative on the NEC will support the Code if the matter is brought up for discussion again at the NEC, Hodson was emphatic – and he had some strong words for those behind the attacks and the kind of tactics they are employing:

Jeremy Corbyn was one voice on the NEC when that was discussed. There was a lot of people in that room, including representatives of other unions. That’s democracy – whatever the way the vote goes, you’re tied to it whether you like it or not.

And to record that meeting and to play it in the media in the way that it was done – I think that’s appalling. And anyone who’s standing for the NEC now to do that or not to admit who it was – I think that’s cowardly and I think they should be called out for it.

BFAWU only has a single representative on the NEC and two larger, right-dominated unions have stated they will now support changing the code of conduct. But the strong voice and commitment to democracy and due process of Ian Hodson and the Bakers are an example to which the other, smaller unions on the NEC as well as the parliamentary and member representatives need to pay attention.

And to emulate.

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