Left sweeps Harrow East – with one funny exception

Harrow East constituency in north-west London (image credit Wereon – own work, Public Domain, 

Harrow East CLP (constituency Labour party), like many in that are saddled with a Tory MP, long tended to lean right. So it will be an especially satisfying result for many SKWAWKBOX readers that at its AGM last night the left took a clean sweep of the executive and officer positions.

Well, almost. The left did not have a candidate for the position of LGBT officer.

One member not from the left who had stood for the CLP Secretary position and failed to win then stood for Political Officer – and failed to win that. But when the LGBT Officer position came up and nobody was standing, she announced excitedly “I’ll do it – I’m disabled!”

“LGBT”, of course, stands for “lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans”.

The CLP also elected all left delegates for the party’s annual conference in Liverpool this autumn, which bodes well for the further reforms for the re-democratisation of the party that should be voted on there.

Harrow East’s Tory MP Bob Blackman clung on by a mere 1,757 votes in last year’s general election and Labour considers the seat a key target marginal. The party’s prospective parliamentary candidate Pamela Fitzpatrick is also from the left of the party, in spite of the efforts of the right.

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  1. Well done to Harrow East’s Left. In my experience the early part of the Corbyn era the Right either did not know how to engage members, or – more likely – made politics as tedious and procedural as possible to put off new members from engaging. So, there’s the challenge… reach out to the newer members with socials and real politics to get more of them engaged. Communicate, communicate, communicate.

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