New reports suggest that Corbyn's supporters are willing to compromise on the amendment after strong opposition from the party's right. But giving more power to the membership is no bad thingby Richard Seymour / September 4, 2017 / Leave a comment
“The craziest Labour conference since 1985,” forecasts former Labour manager, Rob Marchant. A “free-for-all where every fantasy politics piece of ‘revolutionary socialism’ gets debated” expostulates Luke Akehurst of Labour First.
As the Labour conference approaches, the Corbynistas are gaining ground in the party. Armed with the election result, they have the political and moral capital to get what they want. Their slate for the Conference Arrangements Committee won three times as many nominations as their New Labour opponents.
But the issue that is driving the anti-Corbynistas to bilious distraction is the McDonnell Amendment. The idea behind the amendment is to lower the nominations threshold for a candidate to get on the Labour leadership ballot. Currently, fifteen percent of Labour MPs have to back a candidate for them even get on the ballot.