Reports that Momentum preparing separate slate appear confirmed
After a long delay that also held up the naming of a left ‘slate’ of candidates for the vital National Executive Committee (NEC) by-elections, it seems that Momentum has made up its mind about the candidates it will back – and that the expectation of other left groups that Momentum would ‘do its own thing’ was correct.
The SKWAWKBOX understands that the ‘secret Momentum slate’ for the two positions to be elected directly by Labour members will be Tameside’s civic mayor and Momentum steering group member Leigh Drennan and Sheffield’s Nadia Jama, with Stockport MP and close Jon Lansman ally Nav Mishra for the NEC’s BAME seat.
If Momentum does confirm its own slate after well over two hundred local Labour parties (CLPs) have already voted and various left organisations have endorsed other candidates in an effort to minimise confusion and delay, the left vote is almost certain to be split.
Right-wing candidates roundly rejected in previous NEC elections under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership and endorsed again by right-wing pressure groups Labour First and Progress are very likely to profit.
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