Aberdeen councillors referred to NCC
As we reported earlier today, the case of the nine Aberdeen councillors suspended for entering a coalition with the Tories went to the NEC earlier today.
They have now been referred to the National Constitutional Committee, the party’s highest rulemaking body. It is very likely that they will be expelled - though this can be avoided if they choose to exit their coalition before the decision is made. Reports in The Herald about possible legal action against the party indicate that this course of action is unlikely.
A source on the NEC has informed us that the decision to refer the councillors was taken without opposition.
Responding to the news, a spokesperson for Scottish Labour said:
"As recommended by the Scottish Executive Committee, the nine suspended Labour Councillors in Aberdeen have been referred to the National Constitutional Committee where their membership of the Labour Party will be considered."