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.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Yet more GRA NEC positioning

The harmony that exists on the left of the Labour Party is revealed in public in the comments on Peter Kenyon's blog.

This is Susan Press, selected on Saturday as one of the LRC's candidates for the Grassroots Alliance slate for the Labour Party NEC, talking about CLPD, a partner organisation in the same slate, and Ann Black, a sitting member of the NEC elected on the Grassroots ticket:

"Agree entirely but CLPD has consistently opposed democratic hustings for the NEC slate. I recall heated arguments with the CLPD Exec...... when I was on the STLP exec
Good luck in the ballot. I heard a rumour Ann Black was CLPD's candidate. Odd, given her track-record expelling and witchhunting members - and of course de-selecting left candidates in places like Calder Valley."

Goodness, Grassroots Alliance campaign meetings are going to be comradely and fun if Ann and Susan both make it through to the final slate together. Perhaps Ann is on the wrong side in this election?

Meanwhile, an anonymous CLPD apparatchik snaps at Peter Kenyon:

"Strange you say you're "looking forward to hearing how [CLPD is]...going to select possible candidates for the slate."
About seven hours before you posted this I remember hearing you talking to CLPD committee members in the lunchbreak at the LRC conference about how they will choose their nominees, and they said it would, as usual, be a decision of their Executive Committee.
It may not be a ballot of the membership, but it's up to CLPD how it nominates.
Still, there will probably be more people present at that meeting than vote in the Save the Labour Party ballot."

And on this blog John Wiseman, defeated in the LRC ballot says darkly:

"There is a long way to go yet in the CLGA elections. I would suspect it is still not over for me and gary heather."

So basically a bunch of people who can't agree on six candidates to run in an internal Labour election without biting chunks out of each other in public aspire to tell the rest of us how the Labour Party should be run.


Blogger Jackson Jeffrey Jackson said...

When can we expect updates on Labour First's mechanisms for selecting its NEC candidates? Who also, presumably, want to tell the rest of us how the Labour Party should be run.

5:07 pm, November 16, 2009

Anonymous Peter Kenyon said...

Dear Luke

As you might expect, I fully support Jackson Jeffrey Jackson's call for updates about Labour First.

In addition, I'm becoming increasing curious about the need for openness and transparency concerning the activities of other Labour First 'members' in candidate selections, and disciplinary matters. So if any of your readers has information to share about the names of Labour Party members 'parachuted' into CLPS and branches by Head Office or Regional Boards/Directors/officers, I would like to hear from them.

5:50 pm, November 16, 2009

Blogger Duncan Hall said...

Well it must be truly mystifying for you, Luke - to hear about slates chosen through democratic processes.

I'm assuming you're on the Labour First slate? How did that happen, exactly?

9:55 pm, November 16, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the last 30 years governments have allowed a Zimbabwe style hyper inflation in the housing market!

I believe this actually was the main cause to the over borrowing of money that was not even there-hence the result-a credit crunch and long recession!

Decent housing for all should be a human right!

Housing must be freed up from the restrictions of the Free Market ideology!
What Housing shortage?

There is no fundamental shortage of housing?

The real shortage is that of affordable housing!

BTL's should be abolished and prices regulated!

Hyper housing inflation must end!

Empty decaying homes must end!

What do you think?

12:34 am, November 17, 2009

Anonymous Arnold said...

We think you are bonkers man!

12:24 pm, November 17, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arnold open your eyes and ears?

12:32 pm, November 17, 2009

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"without biting chunks out of each other in public"??!!

Pot, please meet kettle.

Those wanting to read what divides rather than unites Labour party members need look no further than your blog - so thanks for the running commentary(!) I'm sure journalists will be increasingly grateful.

You cast yourself as some kind of trot-plot early warning siren for the party but you're doing no one any favours. Get your tin foil hat off mate.

NB: I have no axe to grind here, being something of a centrist with no involvement with GRA or Compass or [insert lefty faction X here].

1:52 am, November 19, 2009


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