Momentum national has been supporting local councillor Tony Lywood as its preferred choice for the position of PPC (prospective parliamentary candidate) for Copeland in Cumbria. But local members have been up in arms about the decision, pointing out that Lywood was a vocal opponent of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his policies around the time of the 2016 ‘chicken coup’ and subsequent leadership challenge, as well as dismissive of ‘Corbynistas’:
Concerns have also been raised about Lywood’s property portfolio.
The CLP’s selection meeting is scheduled to take place this afternoon. So far, Momentum have not commented or confirmed whether they will withdraw their support.
Mr Lywood has not been reachable for comment.
Local Momentum groups frequently complain about the national organisation’s choice of preferred candidates and there is currently a dispute between Momentum and other left groups about the process for selecting ‘slates’ of candidates for national party positions.
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