Why is Labour trying so hard not to answer this question in writing?


There have been suspect goings-on in Manchester Central CLP (constituency Labour party) in recent days, as Labour members work democratically – and some perhaps not so democratically – to have their say in how the CLP is run.

In the Moss Side branch in particular, it seems there have been moves to prevent women being properly represented among delegates. The branch recently held its AGM (annual general meeting) and elected five delegates – three men and two women.

This is in clear breach of the party rule-book, which states:

delegate balancOne would-be woman delegate challenged this with the branch, CLP and Labour’s legal dept – all of whom insisted that three men and two women somehow complies with this rule, or even that the rule is merely a guideline or suggestion – but seemed curiously unwilling to put that ruling into writing.

When the CLP treasurer discussed this in a phone…

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