Momentum has issued a new campaign video for the ongoing elections for nine members of Labour’s National Executive Committee – showing only eight candidates, now collectively named ‘Team Corbyn’ instead of the ‘JC9’.
For some time, Momentum’s graphics etc continued to show the full ‘grassroots left’ slate of nine candidates including incumbent NEC member Peter Willsman, in spite of the decision of a subset of Momentum’s National Coordinating Group (NCG) deciding to withdraw support from Willsman after comments during an NEC meeting were deliberately misrepresented as antisemitic by the ‘MSM’.
At the time of the decision, the SKWAWKBOX branded the decision ‘idiotic and reckless’. This blog stands by that assessment – and many local Momentum groups have come out along similar lines.
Willsman’s comments were loud and opinionated, but not remotely antisemitic. None of the NEC’s 39 members at the time – including whoever was dialling in and illicitly recorded them before leaking them to the press – remonstrated with him over them at the time, apart from one voice and the chair asking him to sit down.
The furore has been manufactured by an Establishment desperate to force Willsman’s resignation before Labour’s Democracy Review recommendations are passed for ratification to Labour’s annual conference by the NEC early next month – and almost as desperate to reduce or eliminate the pro-Corbyn, pro-member majority on the NEC.
Voting for a slate of eight in a nine-place election makes the damage far more likely of an anti-Corbyn, or at best unreliable, candidate making it onto the NEC to the detriment of the majority of members and Labour’s move toward democratic member empowerment. This would represent a victory for the frankly dishonest tactics of the Labour right and its supporters.
Similarly, refusing to vote for Momentum founder Jon Lansman because of his perceived role in the decision will be equally damaging to the Democracy Review and the impetus of Labour as a member-led movement.
Voting in the election continues until 30 August. If you have not yet cast your vote, the SKWAWKBOX asks that you vote for all nine of the original slate:
- Peter Willsman
- Huda Elmi
- Jon Lansman
- Claudia Webbe
- Darren Williamson
- Yasmine Dar
- Ann Henderson
- Rachel Garnham
- Navendu Mishra
With the non-stop attempts to force the NEC into accepting conditions into its Code of Conduct that even their author agrees are abused to restrict free speech, maintaining an NEC that reflects the politics of the majority of members is more important than ever.
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