This Site always considered Rachel Reeves a poor excuse for a Labour MP. Now read on:
Ms Reeves sent a secret email to only some Leeds West members, asking them to support a move to rig the selection of delegates to Labour’s 2017 annual Conference – for the specific purpose of preventing future left-wing leadership candidates.
Or, as she disingenuously terms them, ‘divisive candidates’.
The email below was sent – or meant to be sent – only to members considered right wing. The idea of a Labour MP deliberately cutting out a large part of her membership ought to be astonishing and it’s a woeful indictment of the missing integrity of a large part of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) that it is merely appalling and not surprising.
From: Rachel Reeves
Date: 13 Mar 2017 15:50
Subject: Election of local delegates to Labour Party Conference
To: Rachel Reeves <Cc:
Are you able to make it to this month’s Leeds West CLP meeting this Thursday (16th March) at the Milford Sports Club in Kirkstall, starting at 7.30pm?
The next big challenge for the party is going to happen at local meetings all over the country with the election of CLP delegates to annual conference.
The hard left want to keep polarising figures in charge of the party after Jeremy Corbyn leaves. This will be through the (John) McDonnell amendment that, if voted upon by conference delegates this year, would mean the threshold of MPs needed to nominate a leadership candidate will be lowered from 15% of the PLP to only 5%.
This would make it easier for divisive candidates to be selected for the leadership race, even in the event that they have been unable to gain the confidence of 95% of their colleagues in Parliament.
Caroline Flint explains it very well and with more detail in this article –
This can be stopped, however, if local labour parties vote to send delegates who will not vote for the McDonnell amendment and instead vote to make sure that important issues like Brexit, the NHS and the economy are discussed at conference.
Leeds West Labour Party meets at the Milford Sports Club, Kirkstall, 7.30pm on Thursday 16th March. If you are able to make it and will support conference delegate candidates who wish to spend more time discussing the issues the public wants us to talk about and not the McDonnell amendment, do let me know. I will be supporting xxx and xxx as our delegates from Leeds West. If you want to talk to either of them directly, please do let me know and I can put you in touch.
It will be great to see you there next Thursday and, as ever, your support is always hugely appreciated by me and everyone else who wants to see Labour elected to government. It will also be appreciated if you can let me know if you can make it either way for numbers.
Best wishes and see you soon,
Leeds West members report that the meeting last Thursday was packed with people who had never been seen at a CLP meeting before – and as a result, the delegate selection was won by right-wing candidates.
So Progress and its members are carrying out a plan to swamp the Labour conference and sway the votes against Jeremy Corbyn, his policies and his supporters.
This is exactly the same as Momentum’s plan, which is to fill the conference with supporters of Mr Corbyn and vote in favour of his policies – so I’m not going to criticise it in the same way Steve Walker did in his Skwawkbox article.
It is shameful that Ms Reeves sent a secret email, though. This indicates an intentional conspiracy to undermine Labour Party democracy – and that is beyond the pale.
And it shows that left-wing Labour members in constituencies whose parties have not yet named their delegates to the party conference need to get their act together, get a list of candidates and ensure that enough of their own people are at selection meetings to put up a challenge to the conspirators.
You can be sure Ms Reeves isn’t the only right-wing Labour MP working to steal away the rights of the vast majority of party members.
Don’t let them get away with it.
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