Last May, the right-wing site known colloquially as the blue squeak published a typically snide and inaccurate article about the election of a right-wing chair in North-West Durham (NWD) CLP (constituency Labour party), the seat represented in Parliament by the excellent Laura Pidcock. The article, no doubt leaked by one of the CLP’s right-wingers, claimed that canvassing was an attempt to ‘fix’ the election.
On Friday, NWD held its AGM – the May election was unscheduled – and took a clean sweep of all positions, including that of chair.
A significant number of the CLP’s high-profile right-wingers were not there to witness their defeat – they had skipped the meeting… to go and listen to listen to Tony Blair in Sedgefield.
One of the NWD attendees at the event – organised by Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson to raise funds for an unspecified cause, as the SKWAWKBOX revealed some time ago – helpfully put out a social media message reflecting her delight at being there, along with photos of a number of her CLP colleagues:
Others attending from the CLP included former NWD MP Pat Glass, Brynnen Ririe, who works as office manager for Bishop Auckland MP Helen Goodman and recently-resigned London regional director and former acting regional director of Labour North.
None of the four appear to have offered any congratulations on social media to the new ‘exec’, although that might just be an effect of their privacy settings.
Surprisingly, the ‘blue squeak’ hasn’t published anything about this complete reverse – or the absence of NWD members that might have played a small role in helping to seal it.
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