The anti-democratic manoeuvres of the right to keep control of Labour structures in the borough of Sandwell – in the West Midlands heartland of right-wing Labour – continue to unravel as they are exposed.
The SKWAWKBOX has revealed a series of tricks played by the Labour right to control councils, selections and CLPs (constituency Labour parties) – and the spotlight this week has been on the issue of delegates to CLPs by other organisations.
Now yet another attempt by the right-wing Labour Establishment to gain voting influence over an MP at odds with it has come to light – but in this case, the issue with the delegation is that the affiliated organisation supposedly approving the delegate knew nothing about it.
Adrian Bailey is the member of Parliament for West Bromwich West (WBW), one of three constituencies in the borough. Compared to most West Midlands MPs, he has fought to defend his members against unwarranted suspensions and has been a thorn in the side of some of his more extreme colleagues.
The Fabian Society is one of Labour’s officially-affiliated ‘socialist societies’ and as such would be entitled to send a delegate to any Labour CLP, as long as the delegate lives within the constituency.
The Secretary of WBW received a request from a local councillor to become the Fabians’ delegate to the CLP – and the Secretary contacted the local branch of the society to check that she was a member and the delegation was valid:
Birmingham Fabians did not confirm. Instead, they responded that they knew nothing of any delegation and suggested trying the national office:
Surely the national office would confirm? On the contrary, the Fabians’ national office pointed back to the regional office, adding that no individual has the authority to try to delegate her- or himself – and no delegate had attempted to gain approval:
An attempt to take a delegate’s place in an ‘enemy’ CLP – a delegate’s place with full voting rights – entirely illegitimately was prevented only because of the diligence of the CLP secretary.
Speaking of a different organised attempt to stack delegates into WBW, a local official told the SKWAWKBOX on Saturday:
This was clearly designed to try and maximise the forces against the MP Adrian Bailey, and the CLP officers, who had led the way against the suspensions of members in Sandwell.
That attempt appears ready to encompass every available avenue, no matter how tenuous or unfounded.
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