Former Labour front-bencher is, for many on the Labour left, the epitome of centrism – all the more so for his grandstanding speech supporting Britain’s bombing on Syria. A speech that is applauded by cheering Tories is not something most Labour members will consider a win – nor is his part in the 2016 ‘chicken coup’, when he was sacked by Jeremy Corbyn before he had chance to resign.
Most Labour members will therefore applaud the news that Benn’s Leeds Central CLP (constituency Labour party) remained entirely left at its AGM (annual general meeting) last week. The left won all the CLP’s officer positions at its November 2016 AGM.
Leeds Central members told the SKWAWKBOX that not only were all positions won by left candidates, but that in many cases they won uncontested as the right did not even bother to stand.
The battle to mould local parties in the image of the majority of members continues and will be harder in some places than others, but such an emphatic left ‘hold’ in the CLP of a figurehead of centrism is a cause for celebration.
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