Jewish left-winger was shamefully left off ‘slate’ by some groups, but won election as part of ‘Grassroots 5’. Despite mass exodus from party, left can still win positions despite rigging of system by Labour right
Four left-wingers have won election to Labour’s national executive as representatives of Labour members, despite the mass exodus of left members disgusted by the conduct and positions of Keir Starmer and his acolytes.
Jessica Barnard, Gemma Bolton, Yasmine Dar and Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi now all hold NEC positions:
Congratulations to those elected – and particularly to Wimborne-Idrissi, who was shamefully treated by parts of the left and was left off the ‘main’ ‘slate’ of left candidates and won election as part of the alternative ‘Grassroots 5’ slate. Unite left-winger Howard Beckett was one of those to echo the sentiment:
Of course with the right busy wrecking the party, membership of the NEC is going to be more of an ordeal than a pleasure for anyone of good will and politics – and as a Jewish left-winger and JVL member who has already been disgracefully hounded by the party regime, it may only be a matter of time before the right tries to remove Ms Wimborne-Idrissi by suspending or expelling her, a manoeuvre for which they have plenty of form. Today’s delay to the announcement of the result is widely thought to have been to allow time for such usual suspects as the JLM to prepare their smears against her, which have already been published and rightly derided.
But the reality is that the left still wields enough clout among the membership to win results if it exerts it – particularly the young members, which no doubt has much to do with the fact that Labour’s youth wing – and Jess Barnard who was its chair – has also been scandalously treated by the regime. And the diseased state of the party as a whole is amply illustrated by the list of right-wingers who were also elected and by the non-election of Mish Rahman, who has worked hard on the NEC for the interests of the movement.
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