LABOUR is in chaos after Jeremy Corbyn attempted to BAN Sadiq Kahn from speaking at the party conference leading to a major row between the left of the party and Blairites – all on the eve of its annual conference.
The key conference committee has said the Mayor should be allowed to address the party faithful but Labour’s governing body, the National Executive Committee does not back allowing Mr Kahn to speak.
The decision could go down to the wire — and might even be decided by a vote of delegates at the party’s Brighton conference, which starts on Sunday.
Corbynites want the ban to remain after the Mayor’s “disloyal” comments from the conference’s main stage last year.
However, Hammersmith MP Andy Slaughter said: “Sadiq should obviously be speaking as the most senior [Elected] Labour official in government.
Party chiefs are seeking to give delegates at conference a greater say in the proceedings, dramatically reducing the number of speakers from the main stage.
Mr Corbyn, shadow chancellor John McDonnell, shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry, shadow home secretary Diane Abbott and shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer are expected to speak.
A source in the leader’s office said: “This isn’t personal. There is a desire to give members more time to speak and debate.”