Left-wing campaigners in Lewisham East have complained about the 9.30am start time for the hustings and selection vote on the candidate to replace Heidi Alexander after her departure for the London mayor’s office.
An early start time is considered likely to disenfranchise poorer and ethnic minority members more likely to have to work on a Saturday morning – and to correspondingly advantage the right.
Right-wingers have attempted to shift the blame for the start time onto Labour General Secretary Jennie Formby, as her name is on the notification email that has gone out to members confirming the time.
However, sources at Labour HQ have confirmed to the SKWAWKBOX that Ms Formby had no part in deciding the schedule and that her name was added to the notification email as a standard pro forma signature. The same sources advised that the decision on timings was taken at a local level, with support from the still right-dominated London regional office.
More right-wing dishonesty in Lewisham that makes all the more clear the need for wholesale change – starting with a genuine left parliamentary candidate.
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