Akehurst’s confidence in Evans confirmation questioned as Labour right scrambles to avoid proper vote
Labour National Executive Committee (NEC) member Mish Rahman has publicly challenged notorious right-winger Luke Akehurst over Akehurst’s posturing in the media last week about the result of today’s vote on whether to confirm or reject Starmer sidekick David Evans as the party’s general secretary.
Akehurst said that he would ‘welcome’ the vote because it would ‘expose the rather low level of support that [Starmer’s opponents] have’.
But after a week in which a number of unions have lined up against Evans, while even right-run unions are furious with Starmer and Evans for their anti-democratic manoeuvres and a purge of left delegates has looked increasingly unlikely to be enough to save Evans, Rahman asked Akehurst via Twitter whether the notorious right-winger had ‘bottled it’:
Akehurst showed a similar confidence in ‘little support’ for the left in 2015:
In its latest show of desperation, Labour is now trying to avoid having a proper count of the votes on Evans’s future, instead trying to declare a result based on a ‘show of hands’ of a type that has often been abused by the right to bypass democracy in the past.
Someone might need a bigger bottle.
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