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Some on the NEC had another go at unpicking the deal agreed last week that puts Carwyn Jones and Kezia Dugdale on the committee.
It failed, as did another attempt at the beginning of the full conference session to unpick the grouped rule changes that give effect (inter alia) to these two new members getting full voting rights on the NEC.
This matters because it gives hope to the disinherited centre/right MPs who otherwise have little cause for optimism. Some are calling themselves “long marchers” after the Chinese Communists’ year-long retreat through hideous terrain.
In NEC votes until now, the swing votes have been the 4 representatives from the GMB and Unison. If Mr Corbyn can pull them to his side on an issue then he wins the vote. If he can’t, he loses it.
After the victory of pro-Corbyn candidates in the 2016 NEC elections, the NEC that takes over at the end of this Conference was going to tilt his way. With the Scottish and Welsh Labour leaders on the NEC, Labour’s governing body returns to a state of being finely balanced.
The leadership is also trying to make the party sign up to the 10 policy principles that Jeremy Corbyn outlined in his second leadership campaign this August.
It commits Labour to £500bn public investment (this is in addition to any expenditure increases on services like the NHS and schools and is focused on infrastructure – John McDonnell said today on Radio 4 that he was “on the same page” as the Institute of Directors, the Chambers of Commerce and the CBI on this).
The 10 principles commit Labour to “end health service privatisation,” put peace and justice at the heart of foreign policy and bring leisure centres and private bus services back into local government control.
One senior opponent of Mr Corbyn’s on the NEC said it was “motherhood and apple pie stuff” and he had no problem letting it through. Mr Corbyn’s allies will see it as a significant moment in re-shaping Labour as a party closer in aims to Syriza and Podemos than the party of Blair and Brown.
This morning’s NEC was attended by Albert Cryer. He’s not yet elected to the NEC but his mum and dad do attend and given the meeting was at 7.30 before the conference creche opens they felt they had not choice but to bring him along.
The toddler looked less than impressed with what he’d heard but is refusing to comment in detail on the proceedings.
Jeremy Corbyn is talking about extending an olive branch to his defeated MPs but his opponents say they haven’t seen it yet.
Jeremy Corbyn has increased his majority, a pretty rare feat his team say. His share of the vote has gone up from 59.5 per cent to 61.8 per cent, largely thanks to an increased share of the
Owen Smith’s tilt at the Labour leadership gave Jeremy Corbyn a welcome “shot in the arm”, says his team.
On Theresa May’s flight to New York one official on her team joked he’d issued instructions that Boris Johnson was to be “rugby tackled” if he looked like he was leaving
US analysts are still predicting a Clinton victory, but Donald Trump is gaining ground.
We are awaiting Theresa May’s first address to the UN. The UN’s mind is elsewhere. The attack on a humanitarian convoy in Syria has dominated the coverage here. Also President
Like her predecessor, Mrs May will emphasise that the solutions lay in the regions where the refugee crises are at their worst.
Theresa May has completed her fresh look at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station and it’s now been signed off.
Failing to keep financial services in the Single Market would be a “massive blow” says Oliver Letwin. But he thinks there’s a way of getting the deal the City needs.