Ignore the rumours: Jeremy Corbyn's supporters aren't after a factional fight this party conference. This is only the start of a transformative processby Richard Seymour / September 25, 2017 / Leave a comment
“Will Jeremy Corbyn use the Labour conference to stamp his authority?” asks the BBC. For the Labour ‘moderates’ the answer is “yes.” John Spellar, MP for Warley and signatory of the Henry Jackson Society , is terrified that they are going to “storm the conference, create the atmosphere they are the overwhelming tide”. They punished him with forty years of boredom; now he takes Brighton.
Spellar, and his allies, seriously need to get a grip. For all the fear and loathing emanating from Progress and Labour First, this conference will not see the Bolshevik-style takeover by young sovietniks that the Labour hard-right are fantasising about.
This is despite the fact that the Corbynistas look like having a big majority at conference. They swept local branches in the build-up, and the Corbyn-supporting slate for the Conference Arrangements Committee (CAC) won handsomely. Corbyn and his supporters are rolling into conference on a wave of triumph, with Labour polling well and performing well in by-elections. Momentum is using an app to organise supporters and indicate key votes. What is more, whatever outstanding issues face Labour, Brexit has once more become the Conservative Party’s problem, with Boris Johnson brazenly exploiting May’s weakness to cause chaos and set himself up as apotential leader of the hard-Brexit faction.