A special all-member meeting (AMM) of Streatham CLP (constituency Labour party) voted to switch from the current, delegate-dominated ‘general committee’ (GC) meeting structure – which many left-wing members fear is being used to stitch up control of the CLP – to an AMM basis, under Labour’s new rule passed at last September’s conference.
The vote was tight – 190 to 183(*) – but binding.
The CLP’s executive committee tried to stack the odds in favour of retaining the current structure, by allowing five groups who want to keep it to distribute a statement, as a Labour adviser present at the gathering observed:
One of the most telling comments in the debate was an attack launched by one pro-GC member against AMM-supporters, accusing them of conspiring to deselect Streatham MP Chuka Umunna.
Of course, even if true that would be democratic organising, rather than a ‘conspiracy’ – but it sheds light on an interesting fact.
It seems Mr Umunna’s supporters in the CLP don’t think he could win reselection if the CLP’s whole membership. Which is very illuminating and shows how worried the Labour right is by Labour’s new rules making it far easier for members to trigger a selection.
Congratulations to Streatham’s newly-enfranchised membership on a stellar success.
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* The vote was originally reported as 190-187.