SOCIALISTS secured two key positions on the Labour Party’s conference arrangements committee yesterday, with the Momentum-backed pair winning more than double the votes of their right-wing opponents.
Tottenham CLP secretary Seema Chandwani and former CWU general secretary Billy Hayes won seats on the committee — which runs Labour’s annual conference — by a landslide, defeating Progress-backed “moderates” MP Gloria De Piero and peer Lord Cashman.
Ms Chandwani received 109,763 votes — more than those of Ms De Piero (55,417) and Mr Cashman (50,439) combined — while Mr Hayes won 92,205 votes.
Labour frontbencher Chris Williamson, an ally of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, hailed the success of Ms Chandwani and Mr Hayes as “wonderful news” and “thoroughly deserved.”
The committee is in charge of selecting and prioritising motions for the annual conference, and its composition has now shifted leftwards until 2019 at least as the new members have a two-year tenure.
However, their election comes too late for this year’s conference in Brighton, but Ms Chandwani and Mr Hayes will be involved for Liverpool in 2018.
Their election ensures that there is a pro-Corbyn majority on the committee.
Other members of the CAC are Jayne Taylor and Mick Murphy of union Unite, Fiona Wilson from shopworkers’ union Usdaw, Unison’s Bronwyn McKenna and chair Harry Donaldson of GMB.