LabourList published an article this morning crowing about the decision this week of Bermondsey and Old Southwark (BOS) CLP (constituency Labour party) to back Izzard, Baxter and Josan for the three additional NEC places to be elected from the end of this month.
BOS is the home CLP of Momentum founder John Lansman and right-wingers were already crowing about this on social media last night, betraying a certain wilful ignorance about the way local Labour parties work – you’re stuck with your CLP because of where you live, no choice in the matter and Lansman is unlikely to have had time or inclination to start trying to whip votes in a CLP with one of the worst right-wing MPs.
So the embarrassment is minimal – far less, say, than the BOS MP being chastised by members of his own and neighbouring CLPs for his dire behaviour during the General Election campaign.
Of far greater interest, though, is how LabourList – well-connected to the right wing of the Labour party – described the NEC candidates nominated.
The LabourList article originally said:
Jon Lansman, founding chair of the Corbynista organisation, missed out as Bermondsey and Old Southwark CLP backed three candidates who are running on the rival slate to Momentum
Izzard, Baxter and Josan have denied being a ‘slate’, while hard-right factions Progress and Labour First have tried desperately to camouflage their backing for the trio, even though a website promoting the ‘independent’ candidates feeds registrants information straight to both those groups, as the SKWAWKBOX revealed.
However, the wording of the article was suddenly changed – after a commenter on the original article pointed out the significance of the description:
Few on the left are in any doubt that the three ‘independent’ candidates are being backed by Progress and Labour First for factional, anti-Corbyn reasons. Slips like this morning’s on LabourList – a site that uses the dismissive ‘Corbyinista’ to describe Corbyn-supporting members – merely confirm it.
LabourList’s editor was contacted for comment but had not responded by the time of publication.
The original has been archived below in case any further editing takes place:
Rebuff for Momentum chief as local Labour Party snubs his NEC bid _ LabourList
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