Unison- and GMB-backed candidates come 3rd/4th of four
An attempt by the GMB and Unison unions to pave the way for their preferred candidates to win the Enfield North parliamentary candidacy has backfired, opening the way instead for the right-wing deputy mayor of Hackney to become Enfield Labour’s ‘PPC’.
Labour sources have told the SKWAWKBOX that the decision to eliminate all local left candidates from the Enfield North shortlist – to the outrage of local members bruised by years of having to tolerate Joan Ryan as their MP – was an attempt by the unions to set up a favourable scenario for their preferences.
However, this morning Feryal Demirci – who backed Yvette Cooper in the 2015 leadership contest long after Corbyn passed the required nomination threshold – won the vote. The SKWAWKBOX is waiting for the exact voting result but understands that Unison-backed Margaret Greer and GMB-supported Dean Gilligan placed third and fourth.
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