Co-opting the Co-op

21 Jan

Coop Party nominations

The somewhat delayed annual meeting of the Newham Co-operative Party took place earlier this week.

This almost completely dormant body is significant because it is able to appoint delegates to the General Committee and Executive Committee of both constituency Labour parties in the borough.

It gives Sir Robin Wales and his cronies a clear route to controlling the constituency parties without the need to pay any attention to the party affiliate that nominated them or local members. 

With signs of growing resistance within the previously ultra-loyal East Ham Labour party and West Ham showing an alarming capacity for independent thought – they nominated Jeremy Corbyn for leader, for heaven’s sake! – this is proving to be a safer route for the mayor as he seeks to maintain his grip on power.

Cllr Clive Furness helpfully turned up on the night with a printed slate of candidates – shown above – in case the hard-of-thinking couldn’t remember who they were supposed to be voting for. 

There were 44 “co-operators” present and in the contested elections the Walesite candidates all achieved a remarkably similar 27 votes! 

4 Responses to “Co-opting the Co-op”

  1. terry ball January 21, 2016 at 19:05 #

    november 3rd parachutes blog i said co op would be next ,did not take nostradamus to work out what they are capable of ,told you so .

    • Martin Warne January 21, 2016 at 21:10 #

      You did indeed predict that, which I had forgotten.

  2. Jeff January 23, 2016 at 22:22 #

    interesting that East Ham “elected” Co-op delegates are all full time gravy train stooges of Mayor Robin who depend on him for a job while the lot “elected” for West Ham are “wannabee” stooges.

  3. Down to Earth August 1, 2016 at 22:09 #

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