Right-wing ‘centrist’ MP John Spellar doesn’t like the left. He admitted live on national TV that he considered the term ‘Momentum member’ to be an insult and blocked delegates from his CLP to the party’s annual conference because he didn’t want it ‘flooded’ by Momentum members.
So it’s a good bet that he’s not a happy chap at the moment, after the left-slate candidates took a clean sweep of the three new NEC (Labour’s National Executive Committee) positions yesterday.
In fact, he’s a lot more than ‘not happy’, according to well-placed Labour sources who pointed to an email he sent this morning complaining about Momentum’s membership successes and appealing for readers to join his right-wing Labour First group:
A parliamentary source told the SKWAWKBOX:
John’s absolutely bricking it since yesterday.
Sources in West Midlands Labour told this blog that Spellar may have good reason to be worried, claiming that he’s far from popular in his local Labour party.
Spellar’s alleged longstanding plan to retire and ‘anoint’ the failed Unite leadership candidate Gerard Coyne as his successor would be under serious threat in a selection contest – a threat identified, in general terms, by Spellar’s Labour First colleague Luke Akehurst this afternoon in a Twitter discussion about the NEC vote to replace Ann Black with Christine Shawcroft as Chair of the party’s ‘disputes panel’:
Of course, neither Akehurst nor Spellar were complaining when their minority faction was exercising an influence its size within the Labour Party did not justify. But that’s democracy in action for you.
John Spellar was contacted for comment but did not respond by the time of publication.
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