Momentum members vote to back recommended leader/deputy ‘slate’ – just
Momentum’s recommended ‘slate’ for the Labour leader/deputy contest has scraped through a ballot of its membership.
The organisation has emailed its members to announce how ‘delighted’ it is at the result, having controversially offered members only a choice between accepting or rejecting its recommended candidate for each position.
But the recommended pairing of Rebecca Long-Bailey for leader and Angela Rayner for deputy was rejected by 48% of those voting.
Only 52% voted to support Angela Rayner for the deputy’s position, according to the SKWAWKBOX’s sources.
The news comes after Rayner was criticised for her endorsement of a 2019 interview by Tony Blair in which the former PM attacked the party’s left-wing leadership and praised the ‘Tinge’ quitters – and as rival Richard Burgon has shaken up the deputy contest with an announcement that the very popular Laura Pidcock is chairing his campaign.
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