Published On: Sat, Feb 1st, 2020

Momentum ‘failed even to turn up’ to left NEC slate selection meeting

CLGA members fear Lansman’s organisation set on going it alone

The SKWAWKBOX reported on Wednesday that the stalemate between left grassroots group CLGA and Momentum over National Executive Committee candidate endorsements was continuing – and that in the absence of an agreed left ‘slate’, one of the main CLGA member groups had taken the interim step of putting out the name of a single candidate for left-wing Labour members to support.

But Labour insiders report that at Tuesday’s meeting scheduled in the hope of finalising the slate, the matter was barely discussed, let alone agreed – and Momentum’s representatives did not even turn up to the meeting.

The SKWAWKBOX understands that one Momentum representative dialled in briefly and then a text was sent with the name of a north-west councillor that caused dismay among many delegates.

Meanwhile, insiders say that behind the scenes an increasingly disengaged Momentum is looking to switch to ‘centre’-left candidates.

Members are looking urgently for guidance on the candidates to back in the vital by-elections that will have a huge impact on the future running of the Labour Party.

But CLGA as currently constituted appears for the moment to be stalled. As a result, individual organisations are set to make their own nominations which may or may not offer the prospect of some overlap.

Meanwhile, the appalling right-wing slate is exploiting the vacuum to rack up constituency party nominations.

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