Camberwell and Peckham CLP (constituency Labour party) is represented in Parliament by arch-centrist Harriet Harman – and supported the right-wing Liz Kendall in the 2015 leadership election.
Last night, left candidates won every position they contested – as well as overturning a right-wing move to control its conference delegation and sweeping that for the left.
Left candidates took twelve of fifteen officer positions and all the CLP’s elected delegates to the vital ‘Local Campaign Forum’ (LCF), the body that oversees both Labour’s election campaigns and the party’s local election candidate selection processes – processes that have routinely been abused by right-wing cartels around the country.
Members also overturned an attempt to limit the CLP’s delegates to the party’s annual conference to four, instead sending eight left-wing delegates.
The left won most of these positions by a ratio of two to one – the same as the ratio by which the right won most positions at the CLP’s last AGM in November 2016.
The Labour right has attempted to wear down the left locally and nationally in a war of attrition to retain or regain its control over local levers of power. No doubt this will succeed on occasion, but big wins for the left in key right-wing strongholds suggest that the right’s successes in its tactics will be limited.
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