The Centre-Left Grassroots Alliance took every single place available on the National Executive Committee – all six – but this Akehurst person is trying to spin it into a failure for them.
He’s having to say that Ann Black – who stood on the CLGA ticket – will not support that side. That’s a suggestion that she stood under false pretences and it will be interesting to see how she responds.
And he seems to think long-serving trade union representatives might support the party’s far right element. That would be an interesting departure!
But his words come as a useful reminder that Labour’s reformers cannot take anything for granted.
There’s a long way to go before the party returns to its original mission, and we will all need to be vigilant against disruption by the right-wing elements that seem determined to sow dissent.
For example: This Akehurst person. Wasn’t he preaching nonsense about giving the left “a good kicking” a while ago? Is this really the sort of person who should be writing in LabourList?
The triumph of the left slate in elections to Labour’s ruling body has not handed complete control to Jeremy Corbyn and his allies, a leading centrist insists today.
Luke Akehurst, who lost his place on the national executive committee (NEC) this week despite more than doubling his vote, says there is a “net change of just one seat” and denies claims that Corbynistas now permanently hold the upper hand.
The results, declared on Monday evening, showed all of the candidates on the left wing Centre Left Grassroots Alliance (CLGA) slate – supported by the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD) and Momentum – were elected, while nobody from the Progress and Labour First slate made it on.
Akehurst goes on to highlight the role of long-serving trade union representatives as well as NEC members such as Ann Black, who has strong support on the left but is not considered a Corbynista.
“Contrary to some of the online and media reaction, this does not give full control of the NEC to Corbyn. There is a net change of just one seat as the PLP section saw a seat go from left to right”, he writes.
“When the new NEC takes office after Annual Conference, the solid vote for the Hard Left will be 16 if they all turn up, with 17 others. Thus NEC meetings will continue to be finely balanced and hinge on the personal decisions of the more independent-minded members like Ann Black, and the stance taken by the GMB and Unison. Moderates will win some votes and lose others just like we did in the pre-leadership election meeting.”
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