‘Centrist’ MP likely to face selection contest under Labour’s new rules
As the SKWAWKBOX flagged two weeks ago, the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) will soon give a green light to local constituency parties (CLPs) with a Labour MP to initiate the ‘trigger’ process to select their parliamentary candidate, if they wish to.
Under rules introduced at last year’s annual conference in Liverpool, only one in three member branches within a CLP needs to vote to hold a contest for one to take place.
The SKWAWKBOX understands that left members of Hove CLP have already begun organising in readiness for the NEC’s announcement and are confident that they can obtain the two branches needed.
Incumbent MPs are automatically included in the shortlist put to an all-member vote. Labour retained the seat in 2017 with an increased majority as the ‘Corbyn surge’ took the margin of victory from just over 1,000 votes in 2015 to over 18,000.
The imminence of the nationwide trigger announcement can be discerned in a sudden chorus of calls from right-wing Labour organisers for members to prepare for selection battles.
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