This Writer read a comment on Twitter that he was the inevitable result of developments in the party over the last few years, and I think that is right.
People want a real alternative to Tory neoliberalism, rather than a watered-down, warmed-up rehash of it.
That’s why Mr Corbyn’s supporters in the Centre-Left Grassroots Alliance swept the board in this year’s elections to the NEC. Here are the full results:
Oh, and this election clearly shows that we’re not interested in spin, any more. Look at what happened to Johanna Baxter, who released her contact details on the internet prior to an NEC meeting, released a photograph of her reading them in relaxed manner with her pet… and then complained about threatening messages to the media: Dumped.
As for right-winger Luke Akehurst… well, the less said, the better.
One welcome addition is Rhea Wolfson, elected to the executive after former Scottish Labour leader (and right-winger) Jim Murphy did everyhing in his power to dissuade her constituency party from nominating her. He said Ms Wolfson should not be put forward for the NEC because she was supported by Momentum, claiming that the Corbyn-supporting organisation was plagued by anti-Semitism. Remarkably, he succeeded – despite the fact that Ms Wolfson is, herself, Jewish. Fortunately, she found other ways to get the nomination she required.
Let’s hope these new committee members get to work straight away. Recent NEC decisions have caused serious damage to its standing in the party and it’s time some of these decisions were reversed.
An order to stop wasting members’ money on pointless court cases defending those decisions would be a good start.
Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters have swept the board in elections to part of Labour’s ruling executive – in a sign that support for the embattled leader is solid among party members.
Six seats on the national executive are reserved for those directly elected in a postal ballot of the paid up membership. In 2015, the six places were taken up by a mix of Corbyn supporters and those critical of his leadership.
But in this year’s ballot, announced today, the vice chair of the executive, Ellie Reeves, was knocked into seventh place behind [six] known Corbyn supporters. Ms Reeves is the sister of Rachel Reeves, who was a prominent member of Ed Miliband’s shadow cabinet but chose not to serve as a shadow minister under Jeremy Corbyn.
Another casualty was Johanna Baxter, who complained about intimidation by Corbyn supporters after last month’s executive meeting, which took a vote which could have had the effect of preventing Mr Corbyn from being on the ballot in a party leadership election had it gone through.
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