CLPD statement on northern candidate stepping down indicates new pick likely

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On Friday Kaneez Akhtar, one of the six candidates on CLPD’s slate for the National Constitutional Committee elections announced that she was stepping down, adding:

I believe all Labour Party national committees should reflect its membership and its representatives should come from various geographical areas.

I fully support the IHRA definition of antisemitism and was indeed proud that Bradford Council adopted this definition.

To represent the Labour Party is an honour and a privilege. I wish all the candidates the best of luck.

The statement was presented as evidence that Jon Lansman’s claim that CLPD’s slate was skewed in favour of London and the south-east – ignoring the obvious illogic that Akhtar is a northern candidate and was stepping down.

CLPD has responded with a short statement indicating that the organisation believes she was pressed to step down – and that a new candidate is likely to be put forward in her stead:

We understand that Kaneez has been put under pressure to withdraw. We are seeking further info and if true will ask another BAME woman candidate to put her name forward.

The pressure on Akhtar appears not to have come from a local source rather than from Momentum, at least in any direct sense.

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