Jeremy Corbyn Supporters Propose New Plan To Protect Him After He Wins Re-Election

The CLP results meant that two extra Corbyn-supporting NEC members were elected. However, from October Dennis Skinner will be replaced by ‘moderate’ former minister George Howarth as one of the PLP reps on the body.

Other members of the NEC have proposed their own reform packages, with one option to increase local government reps from two to four, with three councillors and one rep for Police and Crime Commissioners and Mayors.

And instead of allowing members to choose the new Scotland and Wales reps, one rival plan is to allow them to be appointed by the leaders of the Scottish Labour Party and the Welsh Labour Party, as part of a devolution drive.

Reforms to the NEC itself are seen as the ‘unfinished business’ of the Lord Collins review, with the roll-out of even more input from party rank and file members.

However, if no consensus can be found at next week’s NEC meeting, the idea of expanding its numbers may be dropped in favour of other reforms that will win broad support.

Many ‘moderates’ see this year’s party conference as their last chance to try to curb Corbyn’s powers. By 2017 new more ‘Corbynista’ delegates could be selected by local parties, and in 2018, local council selections could also be used to choose more left-wing candidates.

A plan backed by deputy leader Tom Watson to also return to an electoral college of members, MPs, MEPs and unions is being resisted fiercely by Corbyn backers.

Reacting to Tuesday’s plan to restore Shadow Cabinet elections, a spokesman for the Labour leader said: “Jeremy supports democratisation and reform of the party rules and structures.

“How the shadow cabinet is made up is one part of that debate, including whether part of it should be elected, by MPs, by members, or by conference. Any review also needs to take account of the need to represent regions, nations, gender and ethnicity.

“Now that the motion to the PLP has passed it will go to the NEC, and depending on what’s decided there to conference, and needs to be part of the wider debate about party democratisation and reform.”

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