‘Left slate’ triumph at Labour NEC election is emphatic statement on Corbyn, anti-Semitism and democracy

Victory: The NEC election result should not only produce the thumbs-up from Jeremy Corbyn – it should be considered a massive thumbs-up for him.

All nine – yes, nine – members of the ‘left slate’ in the elections to the Labour Party’s ruling National Executive Committee have won seats, confounding the attack dogs who tried to undermine support for Jeremy Corbyn with accusations of anti-Semitism against him and one of the candidates.


Not only that, but the victory means that a review of internal party democracy is likely to see major changes including the introduction of mandatory reselection of candidates, meaning no sitting MP can expect to keep their Parliamentary seat without the support of their constituency party members.

Opponents of party leader Jeremy Corbyn were hoping to steal support away from the left-wing candidates who support him – most obviously with accusations of anti-Semitism against Peter Willsman, and claims that their support for the leader indicated that they must be anti-Semites (even though no accusation against Mr Corbyn – and there have been many – has been proved).

Supporters of Mr Willsman have pointed out that the accusations against him amount to a claim that demanding proof in support of anti-Semitism allegations is now considered to be anti-Semitism as well.


And his victory makes it clear that Labour Party members are entirely capable of making up their own minds about the facts.

His detractors have responded to his election by saying that many party members voted in the first four days of the election period, meaning they would have cast their vote before he was accused.

But people like Mr Eaton forget that we can check this – many votes were made online and the dates they were made are likely to be easy to verify. I would like to see the Labour Party release a statement on this.

The result makes it clear that the anti-Semitism smear campaign is not working at all. In fact, it might be turning party members away from Labour’s right wing.

Actor and stand-up comic Eddie Izzard, who won his position on the NEC by default after another left-wing member was forced to resign her position, was ousted.

And on a personal note, This Writer is pleased to record the abject failure of right-winger Gary Spedding, who contributed to a smear piece calling me an anti-Semite on an online magazine site called Prospect, and then called me an anti-Semite directly on Twitter. Read about it here.

It will be interesting to see the results of the next – Survation, as that company is the most trustworthy – opinion poll on voting intentions, conducted after the new NEC holds its first meeting (today, September 4) and makes its decisions regarding the democracy review and its code of conduct on anti-Semitism.

For now, the result is good:

But the validation is yet to come. It’s not enough that those we consider the good guys won; now they must justify our faith in them.

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6 thoughts on “‘Left slate’ triumph at Labour NEC election is emphatic statement on Corbyn, anti-Semitism and democracy

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      And posted yesterday by someone who can’t read dates – to be used by THIS someone who also couldn’t read the date. I hate it when people do that and wonder why they do. I’ll remove it.

      Having said that, the point I was making is still valid, of course.

  1. Simon

    I hate to point this out, but the Survation poll is from last year. However, on a more optimistic note, Corbyn is now 4/1 favourite with William Hill to be the next PM.

  2. Zippi

    I really hope that the N.E.C. does not incorporate, or feel under any pressure to incorporate into £abour’s Code Of Conduct, the examples of anti-Semitism from the I.R.H.A. working definition. in fact, I hope that it abandons it altogether and has a Code Of Conduct that does not separate and/ or segregate. We are supposed to be members of one Party and as such, our personal choices should not define who we are within that. We may bring our differing points of view and experiences but no individual, or group should be given special privilege.

  3. Vanda Bubear

    Survation have just done a poll with fieldwork 28 Aug to 1 Sept 2018. Labour 4 points ahead. UKIP up by 4 points to 7.

    Not last year?

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