Lansman motion to replace old Blairite group with new structure passed by NEC
Labour Students, the right-wing group set up in the 1980s to fight the left-wing Young Socialists is to be ‘wound up’ after Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) voted today to support Jon Lansman’s motion to replace it with a new organisation.
Labour Students has been heavily criticised for its lack of transparency and democracy, forcing the NEC to take action previously to prevent it skewing the election of the NEC member representing Labour’s youth and claiming a mandate to speak for them – and NEC members said today that the group had voided its affiliation by failing to pay the required subscriptions.
Labour Students denied that it had not paid its dues, but inadvertently admitted what the left has long contested – that it is a front for right-wing Labour influence – by complaining that the NEC’s decision was an attack on ‘centrists’.
The Labour Party just got healthier for its young members, thanks to the NEC.
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