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Left-wing Labour slate records upset in NEC elections

Five of six Grassroots Voice candidates take local party rep seats, with slate also succeeding in youth rep and disabled rep seats

THE left-wing slate for today’s Labour Party National Executive Committee elections succeeded in having five of its six candidates selected as local party representatives — a result hailed as a “huge victory for the socialist left.”

Momentum celebrated victory for those on the Grassroots Voice (GV) grouping, saying it “showed that members want Labour to back a transformative, socialist programme — and that is exactly what these representatives will fight for.”

The GV candidates elected were Mish Rahman, Gemma Bolton, Nadia Jama, Yasmine Dar, and ex-MP Laura Pidcock. Ann Henderson, the sixth candidate on the slate, was unable to secure re-election to the NEC.

In addition, GV candidate Lara McNeill was elected to be the NEC youth representative, and GV-backed Ellen Morrison was selected as representative for disabled members.

The other local party reps elected were rightwinger Luke Akehurst, Ann Black, Gurinder Josan and Johanna Baxter.

The local-party results were affected by the adoption of a new electoral system after the NEC chose earlier this year to switch from first-past-the-post to single transferable vote.

There has also been controversy over eligibility in the vote after Labour’s ballots team told candidates that the votes of resigned members would only count if they were cast before they quit the party. 

Andrew Scattergood, Momentum co-chair, said: “Members have decisively rejected the anti-democratic crackdown implemented over the last few weeks by a factional group around the leadership.

“Keir Starmer has shown worrying signs of breaking with the values of party unity and socialist policy on which he was elected — this result should warn against that course of action.”

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