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.