Members turn out in huge numbers for ‘AMM’ vote’
As the SKWAWKBOX revealed last night, Warley CLP (constituency Labour party) voted 176-114 to switch their CLP to an ‘all-member meeting’ (AMM) from the delegate-based structure that it had used for many years.
Left members have long complained that local MP – and co-founder of the right-wing ‘Labour First’ pressure group – John Spellar had maintained an iron grip on the CLP’s affairs via the delegate structure. Spellar’s allies acted as delegates from affiliated bodies, unions and even the Brandhall Labour Club part-owned by the MP and used as the home for his constituency office.
Last autumn, Labour’s annual conference agreed a new rule allowing members of any CLP to call a vote on changing the basis of their meetings, to be decided by a simple ‘OMOV’ (one member, one vote) poll of all local members.
Warley held that vote last night – and a short video clip obtained by the SKWAWKBOX showed the sheer number of members who turned up to try – successfully – to increase democracy and member participation in their local party:
Warley is part of Sandwell borough in the West Midlands heartland of the Labour right. This member move to start taking control in the CLP of the MP known as the ‘godfather of the right’ is a seismic shift.
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