As the SKWAWKBOX reported last night, there was drama in Streatham as Labour members voted by 190 to 183 to switch to all-member meetings (AMM) instead of the previous ‘general committee’ structure, which left-wing members say was being used by supporters of local MP Chuka Umunna to retain control of the CLP (constituency Labour party).
Those right-wing supporters made every effort to prevent the change – including an interesting threat.
Although the debate was generally good-tempered, irate Umunna-ites had already accused those wanting to switch of ‘conspiring to deselect Chuka’ – but the recriminations escalated further.
Streatham members told the SKWAWKBOX that Mr Umunna’s supporters threatened that he would leave Labour and start his own party if AMM won. Umunna was present at the meeting.
The SKWAWKBOX contacted Chuka Umunna last night:
Streatham members report that opponents of all-member meetings openly threatened AMM supporters that Chuka would leave and start your own party if it won. Chuka was at the meeting.The SKWAWKBOX’s questions to Chuka Umunna
– did you intervene and contradict these comments?
– have you told any members of your CLP that you would do this?
– do you have any intention of leaving Labour and/or forming a new party?
– are you against AMM and if so, why?
Thanks for your assistance.
At the time of publication, more than twelve hours later, no response had been received.
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