Corbyn wins British NEC Labour party vote: his name will be on the ballot in fall leadership contest

The embattled Labour party leader has won a significant victory at the meeting of the National executive of the Labour party of Great Britain. The executive committee voted 18 to 14 that Corbyn had an automatic place on the ballot and he did not require the nominating support of 50 MPs as is the case of his opponents who are trying to oust him from the leadership. 172 parliamentary Labour MPs voted no confidence in his leadership but since he won an overwhelming majority of party member votes less than a year ago he is likely, though not certain, to win the the bulk of their support in this new contest.

If so, the Labour party rebels will have been vanquished and the grip of Corbyn and his allies in the party strengthened. There is also the danger that the defeated rebels will bolt the party and seek to form a new centrist coalition opposed to both the left and the tory right. But first we have to see how successful Corbyn will be in this leadership race. The anti-Corbynites may have strengthened their position somewhat by tightening the rules on members who will have voting rights and demanding that new members who sign up in the two days between July 18 and July 20 or have previously signed up at 3 £ will have to pay 25£ in the those two days to acquire voting rights.There may also be a loophole which permits people to sign up with a union like Unite or another registered group for a smaller monthly fee and gain the right to vote as a registered supporter via this route. In such case the deadline would be postponed until August.

Some anti Corbynite journalists are predicting the demise of Labour and a restructuring of the party system with a new centrist coalition party emerging as a competitor to Labour. This may happen but its premature to conclude this. I would not rule Corbyn out at this stage. He’ s proved himself and his team are competent political competitors in a very tough environment.


About haroldchorneyeconomist

I am Professor of political economy at Concordia university in Montréal, Québec, Canada. I received my B.A.Hons (econ.&poli sci) from the University of Manitoba. I also completed my M.A. degree in economics there. Went on to spend two years at the London School of Economics as a Ph.D. student in economics and then completed my Ph.D. in political economy at the University of Toronto. Was named a John W.Dafoe fellow, a CMHC fellow and a Canada Council fellow. I also was named a Woodrow Wilson fellow in 1968 after completing my first class honours undergraduate degree. Worked as an economist in the area of education, labour economics and as the senior economist with the Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation for the Government of Manitoba from 1972 to 1978. I also have worked as an economic consultant for MDT socio-economic consultants and have been consulted on urban planning, health policy, linguistic duality and public sector finance questions by the governments of Manitoba, Saskatchewan,the cities of Regina and Saskatoon, Ontario and the Federal government of Canada. I have also been consulted by senior leaders of the British Labour party, MPs from the Progressive Conservative party, the Liberal party and the New Democrats on economic policy questions. Members of the Government of France under the Presidency of Francois Mitterand discussed my work on public sector deficits. I have also run for elected office at the municipal level. I first began to write about quantitative easing as a useful policy option during the early 1980s.
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