John Spellar is one of the most entrenched opponents of Jeremy Corbyn among the parliamentary Labour Party – and he hates Momentum. Spellar once described Momentum members as a Trotskyist ‘rag bag’ and said that the very term ‘Momentum member’ was an insult.
Members of his Warley constituency claim that this ‘reds under the bed‘-style fixation also extends to the executive of his CLP (constituency Labour party).
Sources inside the CLP have told the SKWAWKBOX that members were deprived of a vote on the CLP’s delegates to September’s annual Labour Conference, where key rules and policies will be decided:
Our CLP had agreed to send 5 delegates, 3 self-funding. All the branches nominated candidates for the next GC [general committee meeting].
We then heard that it had been decided that elections would take place during the EC [executive committee] meeting.
When the delegates went to the EC meeting, they were given minutes of the officers’ meeting, which stated that delegates had already been chosen at that meeting.
The minutes stated that this was because Momentum was going to “flood” the conference with it’s own supporters. Although the treasurer had said that the CLP can only afford to fund 2 people, they’d now increased this number to 3 and have refused self funders.
At the last GC meeting, attended by our MP, (whose campaign we supported, although we’re aware he is an anti Corbyn) our branch chair objections were rudely dismissed.
In other words, Momentum are going to ‘flood’ Conference – by democratically getting their people elected – so “let’s stop them by anti-democratically appointing anti-Corbyn, anti-Momentum delegates and denying our members their democratic right to elect their representatives”.
Was there ever a clearer illustration of why Conference – and the party – cannot be allowed to remain any longer in the hands of blairites and their allies?
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