Members of grassroots left organisation say Momentum founder preventing communication of left NEC ‘slate’ to members, when local parties already meeting to nominate
Members of CLGA – the grouping of left organisations that meets to put forward a left ‘slate’ of candidates for key Labour Party positions – have complained that Momentum founder Jon Lansman and his organisation are preventing agreement on the slate for the election of vital member-representatives on Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC).
A number of CLGA members have contacted the SKWAWKBOX to complain about the meeting held yesterday which ended without an agreed slate, that:
- Lansman and Momentum are delaying agreement on a left NEC slate when CLPs have already started nominating and right-wing organisations Progress and Labour First have published their slate
- Lansman advocated a move by CLGA toward the centre and right
- a statement Momentum wants all candidates to sign up to was not circulated to CLGA delegates before the meeting
Several also objected that the statement requires candidates to commit to serving a full term and not seeking positions that would cause them to be ineligible to do so. One said:
That’s fine in principle, but Jon was on the NEC when he tried get the general secretary job and that would have meant he had to step down before the end of his term. Momentum also supported two NEC members to become MPs last month, so they’ve had to step down.
Lansman reportedly said that Momentum to come back with its recommended candidates after a further meeting. CLGA looks likely to publish its own recommendations in the interim, as nomination meetings are already taking place.
Jon Lansman has said he does not want to be contacted for comment by the SKWAWKBOX. A Momentum source said:
We’re still going through our open process for selecting candidates while also campaigning full tilt for the left to win in the leadership election. Momentum NCG members will be at the CLGA meeting on Tuesday and hope to reach an agreement as quickly as possible.
NEC and leader/deputy leader nominations will be made during the same CLP meetings. However, an ‘open process’ was not used to decide which leader/deputy candidates would receive members’ support, to the frustration of many members and then-hopeful Clive Lewis.
The statement to which Momentum is demanding all candidates agree has been circulated to CLGA delegates today.
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