Informed Welsh Labour members are outraged by the Welsh party machine’s continued attempts to prevent them having a proper democratic say over the candidates supposed to represent them.
The SKWAWKBOX has already highlighted Welsh Labour’s decision not to give its members the same rights recently given to members in England to control the selection of their parliamentary candidates – and to suspend even the difficult ‘trigger ballot’ process that allows Labour members a chance to remove a poor candidate.
Now, with elections to the ‘CLP section’ (constituency Labour party) of the Welsh Executive Committee (WEC) due in 2018 Welsh Labour has also announced a ‘freeze date’ that will prevent newer members from voting.
The Welsh party has sent a letter to CLP secretaries advising them of the date by which members must have joined in order to vote in the WEC CLP election:
1 July 2017.
The UK-wide election of three additional CLP places on the NEC (National Executive Committee) begin on 30 November 2017.
The freeze date for that election? 19 November 2017.
Yet again, Labour in Wales – still dominated by the right and recently accused of bullying of left-wing members even at Welsh Assembly level – feels free to impose on its members conditions far worse than those enjoyed by members in England and Scotland.
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