Labour First (LF) complains often about ‘factionalism’. It’s a feature of some of the newsletters it sends to the denizens of whatever under-realm likes its thinking – and of course those hardy souls who can stomach it and want to keep informed.
It’s also something LF’s secretary has objected to on social media, claiming to find it ‘very distress[ing]:
It was also a topic in an article by Mr Akehurst, a link to which was sent around in one of those email updates. He informed his readers that LF will ‘call out’ (something that seems to be popular with Labour’s right-wing groups) factionalism:
So it ought to be more surprising than it perhaps is that he has been inviting MPs to sessions specifically designed to train what might be called ‘fix[es] for factional reasons’. The message below was sent out by LF to various MPs inviting them to a special session in which a Lewisham CLP officer will teach them how he fought off the Momentum ‘Trotskyists’:
Presumably in this case ‘call out’ means ‘promote’ – but calling his faction the ‘mainstream members’ doesn’t change the factional fact of the matter.
If it walks like a duck, etc.
We contacted Luke Akehurst for comment. He responded:
It’s a shame that Momentum have turned local CLPs and council selections into a factional battleground. But that is sadly now the reality of the internal life of the Labour Party and we are proud to be training, mobilising and organising mainstream Labour people so that they can democratically defend themselves against the sectarian antics of the Hard Left.
For what it’s worth, the SKWAWKBOX welcomes members engaging and organising democratically within the party to see their views have an impact on the party’s policies and direction.
That’s how democracy works.
We just think everyone should be honest about it, rather than framing it in condemnatory language like ‘sectarian antics’ when it’s done by people you don’t agree with, but calling it ‘training, mobilising and organising’ when you do it yourself.
Rumours are circulating that the Labour leader’s office may be sending one or more representatives to attend – purely for learning purposes and not to make the ‘anti-faction faction’ uncomfortable or anything – but could not yet be substantiated.
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