The ‘MSM’s latest smear, aided and abetted by the centrist ‘usual suspects’, is that ‘hard left’ Momentum ‘bullies’ are unfairly deselecting poor, abused centrist councillors in places such as Haringey. This has been combined, by some, with a frankly racist attack on Seema Chandwani, the Local Campaign Forum ‘procedures secretary’ who oversees the selections.
The background to this is the ‘Haringey Development Vehicle’ (HDV) – a hugely controversial and many would say hare-brained scheme championed by senior, right-wing Labour councillors whereby thousands of social homes will be handed over to a developer in what campaigners have termed ‘the £2 billion gamble’.
Council leader Claire Kober – who earlier this year faced a no-confidence vote over her handling of the HDV – has already been reselected to stand in next May’s local elections – but under a cloud of accusations of membership anomalies.
Because of the controversies over selections, in a bold move Tottenham CLP’s executive – in which Ms Kober’s ward lies – referred itself to the NEC for an investigation of the membership and the selection process.
But the ongoing selections have resulted in the deselection of some candidates – and in others choosing not to stand rather than face the humiliation of rejection by the members.
Which brings us to the latest Establishment smears: that the ‘hard left’ is abusively deselecting those poor, beleaguered councillors.
Today, the @2billiongamble Twitter account posted a ‘thread’ of tweets that together amounted to not just an an exposé of events from a member’s perspective in Haringey but an exemplar of the situation faced by members in CLPs up and down the country:
While the allegations in the thread are just that, they typify the cry from the heart of members around the UK who despair of some of their councillors who expect to be reselected.
Members who are inspired by a vision they they feel their councillors’ high-handedness and perceived lack of true Labour values render them unfit to implement.
In the end, deselection is simply the democratic expression of that realisation and the desire for that vision. As journalist Owen Jones told the BBC’s Daily Politics programme on Tuesday morning, it’s just democracy in action:
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