A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Friday, May 25, 2007


I was at Brentwood & Ongar CLP last night for another debate about Trident replacement versus Kate Hudson, Chair of CND.

Some bloke called John McDonnell was also supposed to be speaking, but pulled out at the last minute...

I've now been invited to debate the same subject at CND's fringe meeting at the Compass annual conference vs. Jon Trickett MP on Sat 9 June, so I look forward to seeing some of the regular commenters on this blog in the audience.

Meanwhile, Hackney South CLP was holding its supporting nominations meeting, and went for Brown + Blears. Hazel beat Alan Johnson in the 3rd round of voting by 13 votes to 11. Benn came third. Harman and Cruddas had got only 1 vote each on the first round, and Hain zero, which tallies with the zero he's got so far of the 100+ members of my own CLP, Hackney North, I've spoken to.

Any one got any numbers for voting figures on DL nominations in their own CLP they want to share?


Anonymous Andrea said...

"Hain zero, which tallies with the zero he's got so far of the 100+ members of my own CLP, Hackney North, I've spoken to."

Hain got 0 votes in Holborn and St Pancrass nomination meeting too.

Yesterday Islington North CLP had their nomination meeting. Harman got their nomination

8:16 am, May 25, 2007

Anonymous David Boothroyd said...

In Westminster North, Cruddas beat Harman by one vote with no-one else obtaining any significant support among the members there. One voted for Blears, none for Johnson or Hain. I'm supporting Hilary Benn who does have some support, but unfortunately I'm not actually a member of the CLP.

The nominations are going up on the Labour Party leadership website. Blears has strong support from Scotland for some reason.

10:53 am, May 25, 2007

Anonymous Mark A said...

Greenwich and Woolwich CLP holds its meeting next Wednesday. Hazel spoke to a large group from the constituency last night at a Charlton Branch fundraiser and was very well received (except by our dear Council Leader and JC supporter!)

11:01 am, May 25, 2007

Anonymous croslander said...

Harman won Islington North and Islington South & Finsbury last night, beating Cruddas into second in both. Interestingly, Jeremy Corbyn was repeatedly asked by members to speak for a candidate, but stayed resolutely silent.

12:10 pm, May 25, 2007

Anonymous jdc said...

Blears has strong support from Scotland for some reason.

It's the ginger vote :)

1:44 pm, May 25, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Johnson got Tooting's nomination, 14 votes to Harman's 11 in the final round. Benn got no 1st preference votes, Cruddas just the one. Hain was 3rd, Blears 4th.

1:47 pm, May 25, 2007

Anonymous Max said...

Kingston & Surbiton went for Cruddas last night with Johnson in second. A couple of votes each for Benn & Hain, one for Harman and none for Blears.

2:21 pm, May 25, 2007

Anonymous Amused said...

You're going to the Compass conference!?!!?!?!?!!?

2:59 pm, May 25, 2007

Anonymous Ian G said...

Cruddas won Southend West's nomination last night. Not sure of the exact figures but he beat Johnson in a close final round. Benn got a few votes, but not many for Harman or Blears, and none at all for Hain.

3:41 pm, May 25, 2007

Blogger E10 Rifle said...

Walthamstow have gone for Cruddas

4:59 pm, May 25, 2007

Anonymous Crude said...

Cruddas won all three seats in Southampton and Kingston as well

I think also both southend seats and castle point !!

does anyone disagree than Hain is over.

Is it possible he will withdraw ?

10:27 pm, May 25, 2007

Anonymous On the Right said...

Marsha Jane's shock at 'left wing' islington Nirth's nominations is a sight to behold.


10:32 pm, May 25, 2007

Blogger Chris Paul said...

Guido has Blears dropping out of the frame ... perhaps we should give him the nod and tell him to ditch Hain (as well).

Man Central are having a hustings on 31st ... Man Wit are supposedly having a GC on the matter just three miles away at the same time as the candidates are doing their stuff. Which is weird.

What's the point of nominating Brown Luke?

That is a rhetorical question. But Oh Dear I hope plenty of CLPs don't bother with that. Whether they would have supported Brown or not he has enough nominations already ...

We who deliver, phone and knock are unneeded ...

11:25 pm, May 25, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Cruddas won all three seats in Southampton and Kingston as well

I think also both southend seats and castle point !!"

and also Wrexham

11:30 pm, May 25, 2007

Blogger Theo said...

The Holborn & St.Pancras vote was 35 Cruddas, 13 Johnson, 10 Benn, and (inexplicably) as many as 6 votes for Harriet Harman. Hain and Blears did not get votes and had not nominating speakers.

12:22 am, May 26, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

johnson won scunthorpe, cruddas came second. no one else got more than a handful, and hain came bottom with two votes.

6:43 pm, May 26, 2007

Blogger el Tom said...

it will be interesting. Bizarrely enough, I'm likely to be more on your side than Trickett's.

12:57 am, May 28, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ealing Central and Acton supported Hilary Benn by a walkover on first ballot - but then he is a member of the CLP. Andy Slaughter announced at the meeting that Hammersmith had nominated him earlier on in the evening, with Harriet Harman second.

10:29 am, May 29, 2007

Blogger christo said...

This business of supporting nominations reminds me of the 1980s, when CLPs and affiliates cast their votes in the electoral college on the basis, in most cases, of GC or national executive decisions.

Quite rightly, these votes are now OMOV -- the enduring legacy of John Smith's leadership.

My GC decided that the CLP -- Richmond Park -- should make no supporting nominations. The majority felt that the CLP should remain neutral, and allow members to make their own decisions.

1:10 pm, May 30, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Islington North first round vote was 18 for Harman, 17 Cruddas, Benn 9, Hain 1, Johnson 1, Blears 0.

And bizarrely by the numbers about ten who'd turned up can't have voted.

3:37 pm, May 31, 2007


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