Many members will already have received their electronic or paper ballots for the incredibly important election of two members of the CAC (Conference Arrangements Committee). Some will not yet have theirs, but should receive them by the end of this week.
The sharp-eyed and experienced will notice something unusual about the statements by the four candidates – there are no details of the number of CLPs who have made supporting nominations for each candidate.
Here is a snap of the candidate booklet from the last CAC election, with the number of CLP nominations circled in red – every candidate had similar:
And here is the 2017 version:
No nominations – and the same goes for all candidates.
This might be thought to be merely an oversight – but the ‘proofs’ of the statements sent to each candidate clearly had placeholders for the number of nominations, as this image taken from a tweet by one of the candidates shows:
Yet these are conspicuous by their absence in the final version.
Was the staffer or group of staffers responsible for the production of the statements reluctant to show the nominations? Might the fact that nominations for left-wing candidates Seema Chandwani and Billy Hayes outnumbered those of the Progress/Labour First-backed candidates de Piero and Cashman by around five to one have anything to do with it?
Chandwani and Hayes have around 160 nominations each – just over 150 according to official Labour figures but the SKWAWKBOX understands that there are around 10 nominations each that have been confirmed by CLPs that are missing from the official count.
The exact final numbers for de Piero and Cashman have not been made public, but are understood to be around thirty.
Members should have this information so they can see the relative support given by local parties to each candidate and take this into account when casting their vote.
Whatever the reason for the disappearance of these important numbers from the information that has been/is being sent out to voters, it is a matter that needs to be investigated urgently by the leader’s office and/or Labour’s National Executive Committee.
The SKWAWKBOX asks every Labour member to vote Chandwani and Hayes for CAC. As members, we need representatives on that committee and all others who are genuinely behind the party’s vision and direction under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.
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