As it stands

18 Nov

After the first set of trigger ballot meetings, the score stands at nine wards to three in favour of automatically reselecting Sir Robin Wales as Labour’s candidate.

The detailed results are: 

Ward Yes No
Beckton 16 3
Canning Town South 6 8
Custom House 7 6
East Ham North 20 23
Forest Gate North 13 30
Forest Gate South 34 21
Green Street West 36 32
Manor Park* 30 30
Plaistow North 27 17
Royal Docks 11 1
Wall End 20 18
Totals: 220 189

* Result of the first ballot. A re-vote was taken, even though two people had left. The final result was 29 yes, 28 no, with one vote declared spoiled. 

 In an interview with the Newham Recorder Cllr John Gary said

“It is neck and neck… the wards that were always more likely to vote yes were held this week.

“The wards that are more likely to vote no are more likely to vote next week.

 “There is already an earthquake in Newham politics; there has never been a challenge like this in Newham wards.”

The decision to hold the trigger ballot early, thereby disenfranchising hundreds of new party members, is the subject of a complaint to Labour HQ. And at the London Labour conference last week Jeremy Corbyn promised to raise the matter with the national executive.

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8 Responses to “As it stands”

  1. law27 November 18, 2016 at 20:15 #

    The Recorder has East Ham South in at 26 yes 8 no. Do you know if that’s correct?

  2. Birdman November 19, 2016 at 14:22 #

    Whatever the final result, these are pitifully small numbers of people effectively deciding who will run Newham. Is Labour Party membership in Newham that low or do members not think it important enough to turn up?

    • Terry ball November 19, 2016 at 15:24 #

      When members are being supressed to turn up at ridiculous times to vote just to keep this moron in power. BAME members are a classic example 22 years in the most ethincally diverse borough and Wales is there only answer. SHAME ON YOU YOU DESERVE WHAT YOU GET. I have been a member for many years the Labour party is being by Wales like communist country the only thing missing is dogs that Wales can feed traitors. NEWHAM WAKE UP.

      • Birdman November 19, 2016 at 20:44 #

        The issue as I see it, is not about a trigger ballot but the way in which the Labour Party is managed. Membership is by direct debit, very few checks are made on new members, and many remain members through inertia. The rot set in many years ago and srw uses it to his benefit, along with being able to pay obscene allowances to those that are most loyal. The regional party machine is happy for him to be in power as that is all they are interested in. They pay no attention to the abject failure of his leadership and the parlous state Newham is in. If the Labour Party went back to vetting new members at a CLP level, insisting on trade union membership and training and supporting activism, it might be a political party that can make a difference. As it is, the Labour Party in Newham has more than it’s fair share of councillors who just want power and take advantage of property and other deals. It stinks and has done for years.

      • Martin Warne November 20, 2016 at 12:38 #

        Reply originally posted by ‘Down to Earth’:

        ”If the Labour Party went back to vetting new members at a CLP level”

        That’s all still in the rules and supposed to happen. Rather depends on each CLP’s Membership Vice Chair and how hard working and on the ball they are.

        A few year’s ago a Council candidate was removed from the Panel after it became clear his alleged address above his shop wasn’t two flats but 5 or 6 illegal bedsits. That cowboy had become a candidate for Council and Secretary of the Labour Party ward branch without anyone checking that he was registered to vote. He wasn’t; goodness knows where he lived.

    • Down to Earth November 20, 2016 at 18:47 #

      That’s the 2nd biggest meeting there’s ever been in Canning Town South. The only bigger one was last month, some of the members there were too new to vote this month.

  3. Down to Earth November 20, 2016 at 08:28 #

    ” If the Labour Party went back to vetting new members at a CLP level” That’s all still in the rules and supposed to happen. Rather depends on each CLP’s Membership Vice Chair and how hard working and on the ball they are.
    A few year’s ago a Council candidate was removed from the Panel after it became clear his alleged address above his shop wasn’t two flats but 5 or 6 illegal bedsits. That cowboy had become a candidate for Council and Secretary of the Labour Party ward branch without anyone checking that he was registered to vote. He wasn’t; goodness knows where he lived.

  4. terry ball November 21, 2016 at 23:47 #

    Tonight was the debacle called the co op ,I suppose there was the usual call to arms by the for and the against turn out .Still srw does not see that the treachery is close to him pleading on his behalf but voting against him ,waiting in the wings to get either his reward or his job. whichever way it turns out they always win then make out that they are his bezzie mates .the joke is he gives them the jobs then they give him the kicking time after time and he believes the crap they tell him.sad labour party now no balls or conviction .

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