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.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

At Conference

A proud moment for me as a Labour member - the privilege of chairing Annual Conference on Monday afternoon:

Some people on the Hard Left weren't happy to see me there though:


"Campaign Briefing" handed out to delegates by the left said:

"Tight elections for the six CLP seats on the NEC are due in 2012.
Surprise, surprise: the sole CLP representative whose profile is being boosted by chairing a Conference session is the very one who only just scraped onto the NEC from the right-wing slate last time. Conference has the right to expect the selection of chairs to be non-partisan. Centre-left
NEC members from the alternative slate should also be chairing Conference. They all have larger mandates from the membership than Luke Akehurst, who is well known for his strident support for the invasion of Iraq and is allegedly the joint secretary of the hard-right (and shadowy)
organisation, Labour First. The latter organisation puts together the rightwing slate."

How silly and sectarian and contrary to the comradely and collegiate way members of the NEC treat each other, right or left. It's also an insult to the seriousness with which I took my duty to chair fairly and non-partisanly. But thanks for the free publicity guys.


Anonymous Mark said...

Hey, guess what Luke - Briefing are on the left, and you're on the right - therefore they are going to want to defeat you at the next chance they get.

Don't stress about it - the right are just as good at doing the same thing to the left. John Golding, John Spellar and Roger Godsiff (to name but three) built careers on it.

9:47 pm, September 29, 2011

Blogger Merseymike said...

To be honest I'm much more concerned that all the CLP reps currently come from London, except one from Oxford.

2:28 pm, September 30, 2011

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...


I hope to be running as part of a ticket that has reps on it from different regions around the country, and I'll be working hard to get votes from London members for my non-London running mates.

2:44 pm, September 30, 2011

Anonymous Anonymous said...

When John Golding was on the NEC he let a lot of leftwing policies through to the 1983 general election manifesto. He knew that Labour was almost certain to lose that election and the defeat could then be blamed on those policies.

Roger Godsiff is not as bad as he used to be although some of the things he has said about immigration are worrying.

10:50 am, October 01, 2011

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done Luke. Get a life Lefties.

8:11 pm, October 01, 2011

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Snipes at "Hard Left". Later calls for less sectarian behaviour.

Physician, heal thyself.

The alternative Conservative rather than the Conservative alternative

10:06 am, October 12, 2011

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Calling Luke a "Conservative" (with a large c to boot) might strike some as rather sectarian itself, might it not??


12:30 am, October 13, 2011


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