Travesty of meeting from which many members, especially black members, were barred now sees right-wing faction receiving early information on vote tallies – when not even scrutineers and tellers will have it until Monday and regional executive member was barred from overseeing vote
Last week, many left members of Streatham constituency Labour party (CLP) were barred from voting in their key annual general meeting (AGM) to select their officers for the next year to run the CLP’s business and meetings. Many of those blocked from entering the Zoom meeting – which had been taken over without cause by Labour’s London regional office – were black.
Almost seventy members have today written to the party demanding an investigation into the travesty, in a public letter published by SKWAWKBOX, and decrying the abuse of their democracy by Labour and its officials.
But at the same time, evidence has emerged that, in the view of many members, proves those party officials have been feeding information on voting tallies – two days before even the meeting’s tellers and scrutineers are supposed to find out how ballots were cast. A WhatsApp chat run by the CLP’s right-wingers has leaked, including a boast that ‘the figures coming in are looking good’ for their faction:
In addition, SKWAWKBOX has learned that an elected regional executive committee member – invited to oversee the meeting and the various votes – was also barred from much of the meeting and was therefore unable to observe much of the voting process. That elected official is said to be raising serious questions with the regional director about the conduct of the AGM.
The conduct of Labour’s regional offices continues to be highly problematic and seeming targeted at ensuring that left members are both deprived of their democratic rights and kept in the dark about what is taking place, with London members now suffering similar disenfranchisement to their colleagues in the south-west, Liverpool and elsewhere.
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