The CLP had a branch/delegate structure imposed on it by Labour’s regional HQ against the wishes of its members that is more easily controlled by a right-wing minority – and results in the first branches to elect delegates confirmed fears that the right had organised to control those selections, while a move via the affiliated Co-operative Party on Merseyside crowbarred 5 more right-wing delegates onto the ‘General Committee’ full CLP meetings.
But the CLP’s Left started to organise and fight back, achieving a very encouraging set of results in the next batch of delegate selections – and more news just in looks more positive still. Here’s what a CLP member told this blog:
Central got 4 out of five delegates, chair, secretary drew on 11-11 (rerun expected).
St Michaels swept the board except for Youth Delegate (they couldn’t identify a candidate in time). Right were consistently outvoted by up to 53 to 25. The left around Sefton Park seemed to have had something up their sleeve and they are just warming up.
There’s a lot more to do but it certainly looks like we have the right-wingers’ feathers ruffled.
The task is anything but complete, but the progress made is an example to CLPs across the country of what can be achieved when the Left organises to match the right so that its superior numbers can take effect.
This information needs to get out to Labour members nationwide, to encourage the discouraged and so that CLPs can organise before they’re caught out and don’t need to recover from an unexpected move to disenfranchise them.
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