Former Blair adviser confirmed reported words but did not attempt to justify accusations of racism and misogyny
Former adviser to Tony Blair, John McTernan, caused considerable amusement among members when he turned up at last week’s meeting Camberwell and Peckham CLP (constituency Labour party) called to decide whether to ‘trigger’ a selection contest for the London Assembly seat currently occupied by Florence Eshalomi.
According to one member present:
He turned up late and walked past the registration desk. When he was called back and asked to produce his membership card, he announced to the room “I’m John McTernan and I’m here to fight trots“.
Contacted by the SKWAWKBOX for comment, McTernan confirmed that the words were accurate before launching into a diatribe in which he claimed the move to trigger a selection contest had ‘brought shame’ on Camberwell and Peckham CLP, which “has had a great record on equalities”.
McTernan had tweeted before the meeting that the ‘far left‘ was ‘as racist as they are misogynist‘ simply for attempting to trigger a selection contest involving Ms Eshalomi.
However, when asked whether he had any grounds for calling Camberwell and Peckham members racist and misogynist, or simply considered any attempt to deselect her to be automatically racist and misogynist because she is a black woman, he did not reply.
Florence Eshalomi has previously been heavily criticised by Streatham Labour members for attempting to influence members to select an executive favourable to her automatic reselection at their annual general meeting (AGM).
McTernan’s ‘Trot fight’ was unsuccessful. The Camberwell and Peckham selection motion was passed by 46 votes to 33.
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