Published On: Thu, Jan 30th, 2020

CLGA/Momentum stalemate – only one name published for left members to support for NEC: Mo Azam

Delay in publication of left ‘slate’ means nominations going ahead as a free-for-all, risking divided left vote

A continued stalemate after yesterday’s meeting of CLGA – the alliance of left organisations that usually recommends a ‘slate’ of candidates behind which left-wing members of the Labour Party can unite – has meant that there is still no guidance for members on candidates for Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC), even though the local party nomination process is well underway.

Momentum caused consternation at last week’s meeting by springing a list of demands on assembled delegates and delaying a decision. The matter was meant to move forward last night, but no progress has been made.

While CLGA hopes that agreement might still be reached, many present feel that Momentum is going to go it alone and issue its own slate of candidates – with a huge risk of dividing the left vote and allowing the right-wing candidates backed by long-time anti-Corbyn groups Progress and Labour First to sneak in through the middle.

In the hope of leaving room for an eleventh-hour agreement, CLGA has issued only one name in the interim – Oldham-based Labour veteran Mohammed ‘Mo’ Azam, who served on the NEC in 2005.

Azam is widely respected on the left and has served the movement in a variety of roles.

The deadline for CLP (constituency Labour party) nominations is 15 February. The SKWAWKBOX hopes to publish additional names soon that the left can support for the remaining CLP representative place and for the NEC’s BAME section member.

Momentum has not responded to a request to confirm whether it will agree a unified slate or issue its own.

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