LabourHome vs Dromey
The Labour Party seems to be seeing its first ever internet launched campaign, with LabourHome running a campaign for its editorial team member Mark MacDonald to become Party Treasurer against Jack Dromey the incumbent.
This could be interesting, not least to see exactly how much influence blogs and social media have within the Party.
There is zero chance of Dromey losing, because the position of Treasurer is elected by the whole of conference and hence the unions have 50% of the vote. However, if a majority of CLP delegates vote against Jack it damages his credibility in the Party, particularly at a time when it is no great secret he would like to become an MP, and by extension damages his wife, our Deputy Leader.
Personally I'm not sure what I think about this one. I was very unimpressed by Jack's behaviour over the Levy affair which was kind of repeated over the Peter Watt resignation, and I worry about rumours that he and Harriet play some Machiavellian games around the parliamentary selection process and where exactly gets picked to be an all women shortlist (though this is probably true of all the participants in that process). But weighed against that is a feeling of loyalty to someone I voted for twice as the right's candidate to be General Secretary of the TGWU, and who on the one occasion I've spent much time with him (years ago when I was a T&G delegate to Labour Party Youth Conference) I liked a lot - both he and Harriet have a knack of making ordinary members that they deal with feel at ease, and people that I respect in Southwark say they work incredibly hard there.
I don't know Mark at all - I don't recall him being active in his current CLP, Holborn & St Pancras, when I was agent there in the '90s, but maybe he was living elsewhere. My main concern is that there is nothing in the material he is putting out (other than his involvement in Palestinian issues which as regular readers will know isn't exactly where I'm coming from) that tells you whether he is on the right or left of the Labour Party, and I wouldn't want a protest vote over the way the Party Treasurer oversees fundraising etc. to be accidentally interpreted as a vote for the left, or to put an extra left vote on the NEC.
I'd be interested to know what other people think about this contest.