Last-Ditch Bid To Delay Extra NEC Places Foiled By Labour Conference

“The left just didn’t realise they’d been stiffed,” one ‘moderate’ source told HuffPost.

Some Corbyn allies wanted the plans for the extra NEC places, as well as ‘full autonomy’ for the Scottish Labour party, to be delayed for further discussion about other places on the NEC for party members.

With Corbyn re-elected with a huge new mandate among members, affiliates and registered supporters, his critics believe that the balance of power on the NEC is crucial to preventing left-wing dominance of the entire party.

Party general secretary Iain McNicol, whose position now looks secure after the NEC changes, used his conference speech on Sunday to send what appeared to be coded messages of support to Corbyn-sceptics in the party.

McNicol, who has faced heavy criticism from Momentum and clashed with John McDonnell over claims of a ‘rigged purge’ of members, heaped praise on MPs and party staff.

“The PLP – Labour through and through, and deserving our whole-hearted gratitude and support.”

Of party staff, he said: “I value them, I respect them, and I stand in solidarity with them whenever they come under attack.”

And he defended the Blair and Brown governments, stating there were those “who want to write off the Labour years, and pretend no good came from them…Let’s make sure none of us ever falls into that Tory trap.”

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