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TOPIC: Labour's socialist future 'in the balance,' warns Momentum's Lansman

Labour's socialist future 'in the balance,' warns Momentum's Lansman 27 Jul 2018 08:40 #9494

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MOMENTUM founder Jon Lansman warned today that the future of a socialist Labour Party “hangs in the balance” ahead of forthcoming elections to the national executive committee (NEC).

Mr Lansman, a veteran Labour leftwinger who established the pressure group in 2015 after Jeremy Corbyn became party leader, is running alongside eight other socialists and trade union activists on the “#JC9” slate.

He warned supporters that the NEC’s current composition was “very finely balanced” and told Labour members that “the importance of these NEC elections cannot be exaggerated.”

Ballot papers were sent to paid-up party members yesterday, with voting to conclude on August 30.

Mr Lansman reminded Labour members of the “duplicitous” actions of the party bureaucracy in 2016, during the abortive coup attempt against Mr Corbyn’s leadership.

“They tried to keep Corbyn off the ballot, banned tens of thousands of members from voting and had the cheek to charge 180,000 new members £25 to vote,” he recalled.

Mr Lansman warned that changes to Labour’s internal structures proposed in the Democracy Review, overseen by left-wing former MP Katy Clark, could fall to a “single vote.”

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