Blairites block opponents from becoming Labour councillors

Allegations are emerging of party rules being broken to block Corbyn supporters from becoming councillors.

Progress, founded in 1996, is broadly supportive of the politics of New Labour.
Progress, founded in 1996, is broadly supportive of the politics of New Labour.

A number of allegations are emerging of potential corruption from within the London Labour Party whereby party rules have been broken in order to prevent Corbyn supporters from becoming Labour candidiates in the 2018 local elections.

An internal Labour body called the Local Campaigns Forum (LCF) is at the heart of this scandal. The LCF has the power to reject any Labour member from becoming a councillor.

Allegations have been made that the LCF has broken a number of rules in order to prevent Corbyn supporters from becoming councillors.

While Jeremy Corbyn has won the Labour leadership contest twice, many of the internal bureaucratic bodies within the Party are still run by so-called “Blairites”, most of whom are members of the Progress faction.

The LCF’s Chair, Mike Katz is a member of Progress. He, along with others at the LCF, have been accused of rejecting applications from potential candidates, who might otherwise make excellent councillors, due to their support for Jeremy Corbyn.

The Progress faction has a reputation for being somewhat Machiavellian in their manoeuvres and for favouring those who they believe to be politically ‘Centrist’ and supportive of their faction.

Last night a London Labour meeting erupted when an emergency motion was proposed calling upon Mike Katz to be sacked from the LCF and new selections for councillors to take place.

The motion included a number of claims that Labour Party rules were broken during the selection process of candidates. During the meeting, defenders of Katz did not refute the allegations, rather they opposed the motion on the basis that “it would make Labour a laughing stock” and that it is “too late to change anything.”

Many of his defenders were Progress members and people who have benefited from the current (possibly corrupt) selection process.

Opponents included those who voted for Jeremy Corbyn to be leader, including loyal Labour members who were blocked from becoming candidates in the 2018 local elections.

The motion was defeated. However, as news of this potential corruption spreads, this is not likely to be the end of the story.

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