A Labour official yesterday stripped democratically appointed Labour members of their voting rights, in what appears to be an attempt to stitch up control of parliamentary selections in London.
Streatham Labour delegates turned to up to London Regional Labour Conference this weekend, only to be told they would not be allowed to vote.
As a result, Sam Green, who works for recently suspended MP, Chris Williamson, narrowly defeated a moderate candidate to the London Regional Board, the body which oversees parliamentary, London Assembly, and council candidate selections. The board also oversees disciplinary cases.
The reason given was that Streatham Labour’s elected Executive Committee sent the delegates elected to attend Labour’s party conference in September- there was no time to hold a vote after the constituency’s far-left members called a vote to end the constituency’s branch structure. However, other CLP’s which sent far-left delegates chosen by the same means as Streatham’s delegates were permitted to vote.
The decision to exclude Streatham members was taken by the party’s London Regional Director, who was recently appointed by Jennie Formby, Labour’s General Secretary. In doing so, the unelected Regional party staffer overruled the elected conference arrangements committee, apparently in breach of party rules.
Streatham Labour member and delegate, Laura McCormack tweeted: “CLPs are the backbone of the Labour Movement and I’m outraged that members of Streatham CLP have been denied a voice due to the ruling of an unelected party official.”