Wallasey CLP (constituency Labour party) has been through the wringer over the last year, with the CLP suspended by the NEC after an investigation that produced a report full of holes and contradictions. The CLP’s then-vice Chair, Paul Davies, is still suspended after what appears to be a ‘bullying’ charge resulting from his challenge to an accuser to take a lie-detector test with him.
The accusations against the CLP are considered by many to stem from the fact that the CLP was considered likely to vote no-confidence in its MP and deselect councillors (the latter fear being confirmed by the NEC report). The suspension has still not been lifted.
An exceptional meeting was called for tonight to select the CLP’s delegates for Labour’s annual Conference in Brighton and to vote on nominations for the vital CAC (Conference Arrangements Committee) and NCC (National Constitutional Committee) elections that will take place soon.
The left candidates took all seven delegate positions and the left candidates for CAC/NCC received the CLP’s nominations. It seems any centrists recognised the overwhelming support for those candidates, as none stood, meaning uncontested election in all cases.
As the CLP currently has no executive and a new one cannot be elected until the suspension is lifted – hopefully as early as next week, when the NEC is due to meet and discuss it – the meeting was chaired by a representative of Labour’s regional board.
The SKWAWKBOX understands that the acting Chair congratulated the members on their conduct during what could, in the circumstances, have been a contentious meeting.
The results must represent a huge vote of confidence not only in Labour’s leadership but also in the then-newly elected ‘exec’ in charge of the CLP at the time of the allegations.
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