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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

Votes at St Anns and Hornsey tonight have produced a total of 29 anti-HDV candidates so far.  So that is the necessary more than half of the 57 Council seats, to be able to derail the Haringey Development Vehicle.  Three more wards - Harringay, Stroud Green, Bounds Green - voting tomorrow Tuesday, and the last five wards will begin shortlisting this week.

Don't have names yet but here's the map.  This is the rolling update last seen here.

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It’s made the front page of The Times apparently.

Here's The Times report:   https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/moderates-forced-out-by-har...

Moderates forced out by hard left in Labour purge

Samantha Jury-Dada, of Southwark, south London, and Carl Austin-Behan, a former lord mayor of Manchester, have been deselected as Labour councillors in favour of hard-left Momentum supportersMEN MEDIA

Jeremy Corbyn’s left-wing supporters have been accused of carrying out an “aggressive purge” of centrist councillors to put up their own candidates in local elections next year.

Councillors across the country have been deselected in a vote of local members or have faced pressure not to contest their seats in May in favour of candidates more closely aligned to the cause of the Labour leader and the Momentum campaign that supports him.

Tensions in one London borough have become so bad that centrist organisers called for the regional party to take over the selection process. Tim Gallagher, a councillor from Haringey, north London, who decided to step down last week, said that he and colleagues were written off as “zombie Blairites”.

The divisions were laid bare as a US bank warned that a Corbyn government would threaten the UK asset market more than Brexit would. Graham Secker, chief European equity strategist at Morgan Stanley, was said to have told clients: “We could see the biggest shake-up in the political backdrop since the 70s. This is much more scary from an equity perspective than Brexit.”

In Haringey about ten Labour councillors are understood to have decided to stand down or to have lost the contest for their seat to a left-wing candidate. Mr Gallagher resigned after he was not automatically reselected.

He described the selection process as “poisonous” in a statement on Twitter. The local party had become “inflamed with division, distrust, and what at times feels like real hatred”, he said. He conceded that all sides deserved some blame but added: “Nothing excuses the aggressive purge that has taken place of all councillors not deemed to fit a flat-pack ideological mould.”

Alan Strickland, another Haringey councillor, announced he was stepping down after failing to be automatically reselected. In an open letter published online, he said “narrow factionalism” had dominated the selection process and he was not confident his candidacy would be received with an open mind.

Lorna Reith, the chief whip of the Labour group on the council, was also deselected for a Momentum candidate. Joe Goldberg, cabinet member for economic development, said earlier this month that he would not stand again.

Matt Pound, national organiser for Labour First, a centrist pressure group, said there had been “an orchestrated purge of hardworking Labour councillors” and called for the regional party to take over the selection process. He added: “Instances of deselections on purely factional grounds occurring around the country are totally counterproductive and should be called out and resisted by local members.”

The dispute in Haringey centred on a local development scheme, backed by many party councillors but which faced opposition from the left. A Momentum source said it was “unsurprising there is a desire among local members in Haringey to get some new faces on to the council”.

Rule changes passed by Labour last year mean that councillors, who used to have to face an open contest to recontest their seat, must now do so only if they lose a vote to reselect them automatically. Incumbent Labour councillors have tended in the past to be reselected to fight their seat. Internal party critics claim that deselections are beginning to happen more often on ideological and factional grounds.

In the south London borough of Southwark, Samantha Jury-Dada, a councillor who is linked to the Blairite pressure group Progress, has been blocked from standing again in favour of a male Momentum activist. Her deselection in July prompted anger among Labour members who wrote an open letter to the party’s national executive demanding an inquiry. They complained that Ms Jury-Dada, a “young LGBT woman of colour, was deselected in favour of a white man who doesn’t live in the ward”. She said on Twitter that she had been the victim of “factional swipes” that had left her “devastated”.

The Labour MP Neil Coyle, who was present at the deselection meeting, said: “Faraday ward is 60 per cent BME [black and ethnic minority] and yet has no BME candidate fighting for Labour after the deselection.”

In Manchester Carl Austin-Behan, the first openly gay lord mayor of the city, is one of two Labour councillors not selected to stand again for their seats. Local members backed three other candidates for a shortlist, on which a Momentum activist, Ben Clay, is said to be the frontrunner.

Judith Blake, leader of Leeds council, is understood to be facing an open selection battle against left-wing candidates later this week after she was not automatically reselected.

Critics of Momentum, which grew out of Mr Corbyn’s 2015 party leadership campaign, have likened the organisation to Militant, the group used by the far left to infiltrate Labour in the 1980s, and have deemed it a “party within the party”.

Momentum’s supporters say that it is a mass movement campaigning organisation that complements the Labour Party and point to its backing, which includes 23,000 members and 200,000 supporters.

Momentum said: “We think it’s fantastic that hundreds of thousands of people new to politics have felt so inspired that they’ve joined the Labour Party . . . We should trust local members to be the best judge of who should represent their community.” Labour said that its members chose candidates by processes in its rulebook. It would not comment on individual selections. 

and their editorial;

November 28 2017, 12:01am, The Times

Corbyn’s Councillors

Labour moderates are being purged in local government. They must fight back

At a time of momentous constitutional change, Britain needs an effective political opposition. It has instead an insular and increasingly intolerant one. A government of depleted authority is escaping proper scrutiny because Labour is busy transforming itself from a reformist party of the centre left into a narrow and extremist sect.

The evidence is widespread. Ahead of next year’s municipal elections, activists loyal to Jeremy Corbyn are purging the party of centrist councillors for showing insufficient ideological purity. There is little point in appealing to Mr Corbyn to stand by those who defend Labour’s traditional values, because he was elected leader precisely for the purpose of abandoning them.

Across Labour’s urban areas of strength, councillors are being deselected or are stepping down to escape intolerable pressure. They include several moderates in the London borough of Haringey, one of whom succinctly voiced “deep unease” about an aggressive purge of those who “don’t fit a flat-pack ideological mould”. That mould is the far-left world of Momentum, a pressure group established after Mr Corbyn’s election in order to cement his position against a justly sceptical parliamentary party. Though the group declares that it stands for “a new kind of politics”, its approach is highly recognisable.

Like the Trotskyist groups that infiltrated the Labour Party in the 1970s and seized control of some of its regional organisations, Momentum is an entrist organisation that is parasitic on its host. For all its historic failings and idiosyncrasies, Labour is a party of constitutional politics with a central commitment to the defence of the realm. Mr Corbyn, by contrast, called only six years ago for the left to “campaign against Nato’s power, its influence and its global reach”, and has repeatedly temporised when challenged to condemn the terrorism of such groups as the IRA and Hamas.

Momentum is objectionable in its attitudes as well as its ethos. Its disingenuity is striking, for its “new politics” evince old and ugly prejudices. John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor and Mr Corbyn’s close lieutenant, has infamously “joked” about the lynching of Esther McVey, now a government whip. Even Momentum’s founder, Jon Lansman, has admitted the existence of a problem of antisemitism within Labour, a poison that would have been unimaginable under previous party leaders such as Harold Wilson, Tony Blair or Gordon Brown.

It is noticeable that councillors who have lately been deselected include Carl Austin-Behan, a former lord mayor of Manchester, who is gay. Samantha Jury-Dada, a young gay black woman, was de- selected in the London borough of Southwark in favour of a white man who does not live in the ward.

Labour should be harrying the government and exposing the weaknesses of its approach to Brexit. That is not happening because the interests of the leadership are elsewhere. Mr Corbyn’s dominance of Labour has been achieved in part by the accident of an enfeebled Conservative Party, yet even now he cannot secure a clear lead in opinion polls. For his supporters this barely matters. Taking over the party is their focus. Labour belatedly managed to defeat far-left infiltrators in the 1980s, eventually winning office again in 1997. Their prospects for success may appear unpromising, but Labour moderates have no responsible option but once more to stand up, organise and fight.

That's a tough row to hoe. Corbyn and his acolytes in particular are driven by and thrive on hate. They can only galvanise on a negative and have nothing positive to offer but more bigger, more worthless, more plundering government. Understanding that they live to create class warfare is easy to anyone who understands Hegel and the two who thieved from him, Marx & Engels.

I am content to let them destroy the country again; the last time they did it as the article mentions with that Trotsky infiltration we then proceeded to get Thatcher who put the country on the path to the prosperity that Corbyn's hatred of has put him into power.

Pity that process won't be during Brexit negotiations as we could have truly benefited from competent capitalist leadership right now rather than thee milquetoast chumps in Westminster now who are doing the deal. 

In 2013 it was the right-wing people in the party actually orchestrating the deselection of left wing candidates using ethnic group block votes, fraud, social media snooping and even barring candidates from being up for selection. This time it's some hippies handing out leaflets at selection meetings and yet it makes the front page of the Times. The only selections I can see that have been strange were the ones in Northumberland Park and Seven Sisters but that was not Momentum.

Last time the police interviewed Ali Gul Ozbek with the intent to charge him with fraud. They issued Harassment Notices on behalf of corrupt Labour Party officials. Yet the only interest was from Rotten Boroughs in Private Eye. I spoke with a well known journalist about it and she was surprised at the lack desire to cover it herself.

Don’t know about hippies John but at the ward shortlisting meeting last week a few exceptionally polite people handed out leaflet outside and the atmosphere inside was good natured and friendly. The Times seems to be keen to whip up a froth about ordinary members actually turning out in numbers I’ve never seen before to pick candidates. Isn’t a meeting attracting over 40 people rather than 4 a good sign?

Oh I am NOT objecting. Hippies was just "not suited Progress types" so was perhaps inappropriate. I am on the Facebook group that is organising the anti-HDV leafleting and how they're going about this is absolutely wonderful, especially when you compare it to the shenannigans at previous poorly attended selections.

This is DEMOCRACY!!!!! There are way more people doing it this time and it's all exactly how it's supposed to work.

Still surprised by the amount of BS about Momentum. I joined the Labour Party less than two years ago after many years on the far left and many in the wilderness. The Left in Labour and Momentum are just left Social Democrats. We want a more democratic Labour Party and Corbyn represents a view that would be regarded as quire moderate in most European countries. I don't think it's extreme to want to stop all the tax dodging so we can properly fund our public services. We want to end austerity, fund a public NHS, pay our vital public sector workers a decent wage etc.... There is no secret far left agenda!
The issue is important but it’s only one of the many things being addressed in the candidates statements that I’ve seen.
Looking at two on the kitchen table

Deal with slum landlords
Have an integrated approach to traffic management
Free rubbish and recycling services
Better support for the two local schools
Re-establish in house housing maintenance
Protect youth centres
Better home care
Protection of elderly peoples care homes
More resources to prevent unlawful evictions
Cancel the annual Cannes trip and use the £43k for lunch clubs
There is no anti semitism the whole shebang on this is to shut down criticism of Israel. Supporters of Israel have smeared many Jewish members with this outrageous slur. What Nepotism? Do you mean Stephen Kinnock? And why do you assume I support Rahman? You are a walking swivel eyed Daily Mailer who is completely uninformed but happy to throw abuse in any direction.

Lutfur Rahman's previous political advisor has been selected in Noel Park as a Momentum candidate. Is he young enough for that to be classed as a mistake or was it poor judgement indicating something more?

As for Kate Osamor's son, I presume you mean this? There's nothing there to say that his mother pulled strings and he's not hiding the fact that he's her son.



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