Right-wing Labour factions Progress and Labour First continue to insist that the candidates they are backing for the vital three additional places on Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC ) – Eddie Izzard, Gurinder Singh Josan and Johanna Baxter – are ‘independent’ and do not constitute a ‘slate’, in spite of revelations that the groups control the website for the trio and that Labour First are funding Facebook ads for them.
Labour First’s Facebook page also contains a statement by the group about the three candidates – and a post there also suggests that there is more to the situation than support for three independents:
Logically, three genuinely independent candidates would not ‘determine control’ of anything – they’d be doing their own, independent thing.
The SKWAWKBOX contacted Luke Akehurst of Labour First for comment. He responded:
will “determine control” in the sense of whether Momentum will have a majority or not. There isn’t a solid block of votes on the non-Momentum side as it includes big unions that sometimes vote with the left and sometimes don’t.
The SKWAWKBOX recommends all Labour members to vote for all three of the grassroots-left slate – Yasmine Dar, Rachel Garnham and Jon Lansman – to ensure an NEC that is solidly and reliably behind Jeremy Corbyn’s vision for the party and the wishes of the vast majority of its membership.
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