He has put out an email to members of Labour First, the group which exists to enforce the supremacy of ‘moderates’ (in reality the far-right wing of the Labour Party) over the majority of left-thinking members who have joined to support Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.
Mr Akehurst is very keen on using party rules to squash any left-wing behaviour out of the party and maintain it as a pale-blue clone of the Conservative Party. Nobody knows quite why he’s so keen on this because it is electoral suicide (as the last two general elections have clearly demonstrated).
To this end, he wants Labour First supporters to push for large CLPs to switch from all-member meetings to a delegate-based structure, with the delegates being Labour First members and everybody else squeezed out, of course.
That way, the election of delegates to next years national party conference can also be rigged to ensure that right-wingers are sent, who will oppose measures put forward by Mr Corbyn’s team.
Forewarned is forearmed. Labour Party members who support democracy now know what is being planned and can act against it.
One good pre-emptive strike would be to call a vote that confirms your CLP will continue to have all-member meetings, ensuring that any ‘delegate-only’ vote cannot take place for several months. A debate on this topic should help flush out the ‘moderates’ in local party structures, too.
Those of us who support the rule of the majority should also consider our own nominations for delegates to the party conference next year – starting now. These people need to start building support across branches, to ensure Labour First is foiled when it really counts.
Luke Akehurst and his organisation hate democracy. But democracy can beat them. All Labour members have to do is use it.
The email detailed the change in date of the group’s 2017 Annual Conference. And in it, Akehurst announced that Watson will be the conference’s keynote speaker.
He also advised members on Constituency Labour Party (CLP) meetings. He urged CLPs with more than 500 members to opt for “a traditional delegate-based General Committee structure” for meetings. Rather than ‘all-member meetings’.
In his email, Akehurst claimed that selecting delegates to represent the CLP is a more “realistic” option for those with a larger number of members. He also addressed the election of delegates by CLPs to the Annual Labour Conference.
Finally, he explained why his focus on delegates was so important. Members need to start thinking about “who the moderates are” in their CLPs, he wrote. Because “the key objective” of Labour First is to ensure that the majority of delegates at the conference are “moderates”.
Akehurst acknowleged that stacking the conference with ‘moderate’ delegates would help win key votes suited to that agenda. Essentially, following the failed Labour coup this summer, Akehurst is planning to ensure the system is set up in such a way that Corbyn – and his 300,000+ supposedly ‘hard left’ supporters – can’t get anything done.
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