How many Labour Party members were deprived of the chance to contribute to their constituency party's nomination of a candidate in the summer's leader election?

How many Labour Party members were deprived of the chance to help nominate a candidate in the summer’s leader election?

Hot on the heels of claims that Blaenau Gwent Labour Party officers may have ‘rigged’ their nomination in the Labour leadership election, another CLP is coming under scrutiny.

Ogmore Constituency Labour Party members wanted an all-member meeting, but officers decided the executive committee would meet and vote. The eventual decision – by secret ballot – was to back neither candidate.

CLP member Delyth Gardner wrote on Facebook: “I discovered shortly afterwards that normal members were allowed to attend meetings of the Executive Committee, but this was impossible as their meeting had gone unadvertised, so nobody eligible to attend as an observer could possibly attend. This is totally undemocratic of course, and very unprofessional.

“I then asked for minutes of the meeting, only to be told they would be ratified at the end of October and would not be available until then. There was a blanket refusal to say what had been discussed in the meeting (no surprise there), even though we should have been notified of the meet, and been able to attend to see who said what ourselves.

“This is clearly very undemocratic, and treats normal members as insignificant proletariats.

“As a result of the revelations from Blaenau Gwent, this morning I decided to ask four simple ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ questions. Will I get an answer? Sadly, I expect I will be ignored, and the Executive Committee will continue to ignore ordinary members who might ask difficult questions, however passionate and supportive they may be.”

It all seems very suspicious.

If you are a Labour Party member, and your CLP officers chose not to have a nomination meeting when you wanted one, or nominated a candidate in secret, perhaps you should be asking some serious questions of them.

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