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LIVERPOOL COUNCILLORS MOUNT LEGAL CHALLENGE TO LABOUR NEC

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Liverpool's Labour group is mounting a legal challenge against the national executive council over plans to sack se...
Liverpool's Labour group is mounting a legal challenge against the national executive council over plans to sack several councillors, reported the Daily Post (Jan 15, p1).

Councillors voted 16 to 9 to seek a judicial review challenging the NEC's intention to ban anyone who is either an employee of the council or whose business is funded by the council from holding elected office. The decision would affect at least four Liverpool councillors.

Jack Spriggs, one of the members under threat of losing office, brought the motion with the backing of Frank Prendergast, leader of the Labour group.

Mr Prendergast said: 'We are asking for legal clarification on whether the NEC is allowed to do this.'

Howard Knight, head of the Labour party's local government department, said: 'The group has decided to take some further legal advice on the issue. They are perfectly at liberty to do so. However, I am totally confident that the NEC has acted lawfully.'
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