Lansmanite ‘Momentum Organisers’ group makes deal on NEC candidate support with CLPD to take Momentum chair positions then u-turns and overturns big vote in JVL’s Wimborne-Idrissi’s favour, say insiders
The new Momentum regime has double-crossed Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD) to bar left-wing Jewish activist Naomi Wimbornne-Idrissi from the left slate for Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC), say insiders.
Skwawkbox understands that the Lansmanite ‘Momentum Organisers (MO) group struck a deal with CLPD to take control of Momentum’s National Coordinating Group (NCG), after a tight vote in the recent NCG elections left the committee finely-balanced between the reformist ‘Your Momentum’ slate and MO. The deal meant that CLPD backed a motion brought by MO appointing members to executive positions (not the usual process, which is a normal election for each position separately).
An NCG meeting last weekend voted by 20-11 in favour of supporting JVL’s Wimborne-Idrissi as part of a ‘Grassroots 5’ slate for the NEC – but the NCG’s co-chairs then agreed to hold another vote last night, which went 19-11 against her. Momentum is today advertising a ‘GV4’ slate:
The full left slate should look like this:
Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi is backed by Jeremy Corbyn and a number of unions and received 113 CLP nominations.
According to insiders spoken to by Skwawkbox, the left-run unions who backed Wimborne-Idrissi are furious with what has been termed a ‘double-cross’ – and CLPD is so outraged that its representative will quit Momentum and the group is likely to withdraw its cooperation with the group entirely.
Update: other CLPD sources say only individual reps are leaving Momentum but that levels of anger are sky-high.
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