Kay Dickinson on the Exclusion of Grassroots Labour Members in West Ham

In my last article, I discussed a piece put up earlier today by Mike, reporting that a fifth of the constituency Labour parties that had nominated Owen Smith for leader, had done so in locked meetings from which ordinary, grassroots members were excluded. This was done in Blaenau Gwent, where the sitting MP was a director of Progress, the New Labour faction within the Labour party. It was done in Chuka Umunna’s party in Streatham, and in St. Helen’s North by Conor McGinn, who then span a complete fiction about being threatened by grassroots members when a group of women discovered how he’d misled them.

Kay Dickinson, one of Mike’s readers, posted this comment to Mike’s piece, describing how the same dirty tricks had been done to the members of the Labour party in West Ham. He wrote

Exactly the same happened in West Ham – 57 delegates decided the nomination for a CLP with well over 500 members and apparently the members are fuming – the result was 30-27 for Smith. The same almost happened in Morecambe too – we had an opportunity to speak on behalf of either candidate and not one person spoke for Smith – yet only 8 people in the whole CLP were allowed to vote and the nomination only went JCs way cos one delegate didn’t express a second preference. I’m going to be proposing that delegates are fine for day to day decisions but that there has to be an option for the members to ask for a full members vote for issues they deem important enough. I’d encourage others to do the same – maybe voxpolitical can help make it a national campaign?

See the article at http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2016/07/30/anti-corbyn-stitch-up-in-labour-leader-nomination-process-is-another-attack-on-democracy/ and scroll down. Mr Dickinson’s is the first comment.

As a Labour supporter, I fully back Mr Dickinson’s proposal. In questions like this, the ordinary members should be allowed to vote. Anything else is undemocratic. As for the Blairites, while they may be congratulating themselves in having succeeded in checking some of the overwhelming support for Corbyn, they are in fact storing up massive resentment, a resentment that will be expressed sooner or later. And their antics are doing far more than anything Jeremy Corbyn himself is advocating to discredit Labour as a political party. New Labour has shown itself to be deeply anti-democratic, willing to use lies and horrendous personal smears against its opponents and the ordinary people in its grassroots organisation. Part of the reason Broon lost the 2010 election was because he was despised for apparently looking down on ordinary members of the electorate. And even before then, New Labour had a reputation for spin and ‘negative briefing’, the euphemism given to the attacks on party members and officials, who didn’t toe the line laid down by the Dear Leader Blair.

The Blairites desperately need to clean up their act. They should fully embrace democracy and the wishes of their grassroots members, and make due apology to those they have lied to and about. if they cannot do this, they should leave.

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