Mainstream media, as they’re inclined to do, have this morning been spinning the NEC’s (National Executive Committee’s) intended new system for selecting MPs as a ‘defeat’ for Corbyn – presenting an assumption that Corbyn himself was a supporter of the ‘open selection’ system that some activists have been campaigning for and was unable to get the NEC to back him.
This is not the case.
Senior Labour sources tell the SKWAWKBOX that the system on the table for Saturday’s NEC vote is what Corbyn himself asked for – and he calls it “Affirmative Ballot” to reflect the opportunity it provides for Labour members (or affiliates separately) to call positively for a selection process to choose their next parliamentary candidate.
This is not a defeat. The new system is backed by the man most of the membership backs wholeheartedly and who knows the pros, the cons, the nuances and dynamics involved – and the risks to left MPs as well as right – as well as or better than any.
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