Protesters gather in readiness with pointed reference to acting general secretary’s position, as conference resembles ‘ghost town’
Today’s protest ahead of Labour’s knife-edge conference vote on the future of its reviled acting general secretary David Evans has begun to build, with a banner unfurled quoting the anti-democracy comment made by the right-winger in a 1998 Blairite report:
The banner also makes a pointed reference to the fact that – despite right-wingers acting since last year as if he has the full role – under Labour’s rules Evans is only acting general secretary until and unless he is confirmed in the role by a conference vote. His confirmation looks anything but guaranteed after a year of attacks on members and their democracy by Evans and ineptness by Keir Starmer that has left even right-run unions fuming, with left-run unions already lined up to vote against him.
Protesters are meeting at Hove lawns first at 10am before moving to the conference centre which, according to those already in the area, is ‘like a ghost town’, with more police than conference-goers up to now.
Last night a ‘#RejectEvans’ hashtag trended at number six in the UK, before suddenly and mysteriously vanishing from trending charts while less popular items rose to the top.
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