The Labour left is still celebrating – and Labour right still recriminating – over the clean sweep yesterday for the grassroots-left slate of nine candidates for Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) – and the SKWAWKBOX has covered the ramifications and lessons of the results.
But the total votes per slate – and for independents as a group – also tells a story. These were as follows:
Seen graphically, the relative differences in the votes stands out even more:
The left-slate performance at 56% of the total was down marginally compared to the 62% January elections of the three additional places that took the ‘CLP representative’ total of members up from six to nine, most likely because of Momentum’s poor decision to withdraw its support from slate member Peter Willsman – and a backlash among some Labour members against that decision.
However, it was still almost double that of the right-wing Progress/Labour First slate. When the left’s higher share of the vote among the independent candidates – again, not far short of double that of the right – is factored in, the left vote among Labour members actually went up, while the right had its worst performance of the Corbyn era.
The result shows increasing strength for the left and the fading of the right – but emphasises, as the SKWAWKBOX pointed out last night, the need for discipline and focus among Labour’s left-wing majority to ensure no aberrant wins are gifted to the right.
The continuing growth in left support was underlined by the less-publicised results in the elections for the National Policy Forum (NPF). Of the contested NPF places that were subject to member vote, over ninety percent – 38/42 – were won by left candidates.
As the right attempts to regroup from its disaster yesterday, various spins will be put on yesterday’s results to try to portray it as less catastrophic for the right than it was – but the underlying numbers show increasing support for Jeremy Corbyn and his vision.
As long as the left’s various personalities keep their egos subservient to the need and the prize and do not fall for the tactics of distraction, division and misinformation used shamelessly by their Establishment opponents, it will win.
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