Grassroots left groups publish list of candidates for national executive elections to ’cause fear in the leader’s office’ after Momentum ‘refuses to back’ JVL member’s inclusion
A group of Centre Left Grassroots Alliance (CLGA) member groups have published their slate of candidates for the Labour National Executive Committee (NEC) elections – one that it says will ’cause fear’ in Keir Starmer’s office. A statement by the group explains:
This year the left will be doing things differently when it comes to the NEC elections. Aware of the fact that Starmer Leadership will pull any trick to undermine the left on the NEC. Left organisations including JVL, Grassroots Black Left and Red Labour have come together to endorse the following candidates for the NEC election including one candidate whose inclusion will cause fear in the leader’s office that candidate is Maryam Eslamdoust. Maryam was the Inclusion and stakeholder manager at Party Headquarters up until Starmer’s mismanagement saw her and dozens of other workers lose their jobs.
“Maryam knows the Party machine and will work tirelessly to ensure that grassroots members have a voice at the top of the Party. I’m pleased to support her”, said John McDonnell.
Starmer’s purge of the left in London also saw Maryam being deselected in London. However with Maryam’s knowledge and skill we know that Starmer and co will have to stop and think before continuing their attacks on the left.
Labour Grassroots is endorsing:
Naomi Wimbourne Idrissi
The slate of six women and one man is also a powerful statement against the Labour right’s racism, misogyny and Islamophobia that have run unchecked since Starmer and his cohort took over the party. Bolton, Dar, Rahman, and Eslamdoust are from Muslim backgrounds, Hobson is a well-known black activist and Wimbourne Idrissi is a prominent left-wing Jewish activist.
But the slate has not been backed by the full CLGA coalition, with Momentum reportedly refusing to support the inclusion of Jewish Voice for Labour media officer Wimbourne Idrissi.
A Momentum source told Skwawkbox that this was because it wanted to include another candidate in preference to her, but in the light of Momentum’s history of attempting to veto JVL candidates under the management of Jon Lansman and pushing its own separate slate, it is not a good look and has incensed delegates from the groups backing her.
Another source close to Momentum also said:
Some organisations of the CLGA were backing Naomi but multiple others were backing a different candidate. As no agreement could be reached on this, Momentum will be, in the interests of unity on the left, proceeding with the four candidates around which CLGA agreement was reached. These candidates will be announced next week.
A further source close to the negotiations said that the Labour Representation Committee and Labour Against Austerity, which are also CLGA members, had also not backed the above slate. The groups supporting it had not claimed they were, however, and Skwawkbox understands that those two organisations are still deciding what they will do.
Even after the mass exodus of left members from the party in disgust at the right’s conduct, results at the last NEC by-election results show that the likelihood of mass support for such a slate of candidates will be hard for the right to counter by any legitimate means. In the past, the party machine has resorted to suspensions and expulsions to disrupt left campaigns and remove candidates it fears and the main threat to the success of the slate will be the regime’s shameless readiness to resort to such tactics again.
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