Last night the SKWAWKBOX published the fears of Labour members in Lewisham Deptford constituency about anti-democratic moves to stack the local party’s AGM (annual general meeting) in favour of right-wing incumbents after a series of wins for the left at branch level.
This afternoon, less than five hours before the AGM was due to start, Labour’s London regional office sent an email to delegates advising them that the meeting was being postponed because of various concerns, including the ‘delegate rights’ of one of the branches that felt it had been manoeuvred out of its democratic – and left-wing – representation:
The SKWAWKBOX article was intended to put a spotlight on events in Lewisham, to restrict undemocratic attempts to take or retain control. Some officers have claimed that the regional office had already decided to postpone the meeting, but five hours beforehand is extremely short notice to cancel a gathering if the decision had already been taken before the publication of the article.
One Lewisham Deptford member told the SKWAWKBOX:
Word got around quickly and the article was the tipping point.
This blog welcomes the postponement and hopes that local proceedings around the country will be subjected to far closer scrutiny in future to ensure that the democratic will of members is properly respected.
No new date for the meeting has yet been set.
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