On June 1, we reported "Ken Livingstone is out of Labour's NEC race 2016 but who will replace him?
Well it will not be NEC hopeful Rhea Wolfson following a Constituency Labour Party meeting" we added
With accusations that Labour's Jim Murphy had attended a CLP meeting and urged attendees not to vote for Rhea allegations and counter allegations flew around social media.
We titled our report "Rhea Wolfson blocked from NEC by old new Labour"
Thursday Rhea Wolfson posted a statement on the current state of play and it looks like she is back:
STATEMENT FROM RHEA
STATEMENT FROM RHEA
Labour internal struggles real, perceived, created and works of fiction continue.
Labour Party members have a chance to vote for candidates who will make up the party's policy making NEC.
Make no mistake they want a return to Blair politics.
Accusations of anti-Semitism have some links to the NEC elections.
One candidate Luke Akehurst regularly posts pieces calling Jeremy Corbyn's credibility as party leader into question.
Akehurst has links to the weapons industry, BICOM, Friends of Israel and is just back from a 'holiday' in Israel.
He is at odds with Corbyn.
The conclusion then has to be he yearns for a place on the NEC for dubious reasons.
Some old 'new Labour' supporters are stuck in the Blair years.
This week they have been showing their heads above the parapet again. Could that be as parliament is in recess and some senior politicians are away on holiday?
According to the Huffungton Post "Eastwood CLP declined to nominate Wolfson after party members felt that Momentum was too ‘factional’ and expressed concerns about “its role within the party”, local members told HuffPost.Under party rules, anyone who fails to win their own local party’s nomination cannot stand for the NEC."
Yes the old guard cling on.
Further reading pertinent to allegations of anti-Semitism follow:
Labour Friends of Israel in the House
NEC candidate Luke Akehurst calls on Corbyn to resign
Open letter BDS and NEC hopefuls
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