CLP responds to Umunna quitting by electing left-wing candidates to run the local party – with some embarrassing results for right-wing figures
Streatham constituency Labour party’s (CLP) annual general meeting last night was a triumph for the party’s left, with all but one of the key ‘executive committee’ roles won by the left slate.
It was also an embarrassing night for certain notable figures from the right of the party.
Among the losing candidates were Matt Pound – who works for right-wing pressure group Labour First as an organiser responsible for preventing left wins – and Marianna Masters, a frequent name on right-wing slates for Labour’s National Executive Committee.
A Streatham member told the SKWAWKBOX:
It was a triumph for democracy. We beat the odds against the full resources of Labour First and a raft of Progress heavyweights. This was one of the last big bastions of Blairite power so this will send shockwaves through the organised right Establishment.
We’ve been organised for years, but the big difference was the move to all-member meetings, as the right couldn’t lock out grassroots democratic forces in the way they always had before.
Right-wing members in Streatham tried to prevent the switch to all-member meetings in January by threatening that then-Labour MP Chuka Umunna would “leave Labour and start his own party” if it went through. The threat – which Umunna failed to deny at the time – turned out to be accurate, but not much of a threat as the change was voted through anyway.
Now Labour’s grassroots in Streatham is preparing the party to move on – and for the fight to select a good left candidate to replace Umunna in Parliament in the next election.
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