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Right-wing former NEC member chosen for Starmer’s ‘future candidates programme’

A RIGHT-WING former member of Labour’s ruling body who allegedly encouraged a smear campaign against a left rival has been chosen for Sir Keir Starmer’s “future candidates programme.”

Jasmin Beckett, who was elected Labour First’s youth rep on the party’s national executive committee in a bitterly fought campaign in 2016, confirmed the news in a tweet on Thursday. 

The programme, now open to brand new party members who wish to stand for election as a Labour MP, has been slammed by the left as Sir Keir’s “patsy pipeline” which will produce handpicked MPs with no link to grassroots members.

The contest in 2016, crucial to determining which wing of the party had control of the NEC at the time, was extremely close.

Ms Beckett finished just 0.14 per cent ahead of left candidate James Elliot. 

As reported in the Morning Star, Ms Beckett was accused of inciting her supporters to brand Mr Elliot as an anti-semite online during the campaign. 

Amid the outrage, she attempted to distance herself from the tactic by saying: “If you’ve got my twibbon on and you want to go hard please take the twibbon off.”

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