Matt Pound defeated in Streatham Hill AGM bid
In late 2016, right-wing Labour pressure group Labour First launched a fundraising appeal to employ its first full-time organiser, with a brief to ‘counteract Corbynistas’.
The organisation subsequently appointed Matt Pound to the position and he described his role as ensuring that candidates friendly to his employers win ‘internal elections within the Labour party’.
This didn’t quite work out in practice last week when Mr Pound, until then chair of Streatham Hill branch, was unsuccessful in a bid to be re-elected to the exec during the branch’s annual general meeting (AGM). Pound had stood down as branch chair and stood for another position, but was defeated.
This is not the first such defeat Mr Pound has suffered. At the Streatham CLP (constituency Labour party) AGM in March, he was among a raft of right-wing hopefuls defeated when the left won a near clean-sweep of executive positions in the wake of the departure of now-LibDem MP Chuka Umunna.
Matt Pound has been contacted for comment.
In spite of the best efforts of the party’s right, Labour continues to remake itself in its true form at all levels across the country.
But there is a long way to go and left Labour members need to maintain focus and continue to turn up and organise to see the job through.
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