Brighton & Hove Momentum AGM at the Friends Centre
Resolution adopted at AGM in support of Jackie Walker
Brighton & Hove
Momentum held its first AGM last night. About
70 people attended a lively but comradely meeting which mapped out the year
ahead. Greg Hadfield, Secretary of
Brighton & Hove District Labour Party until it was suspended for electing
the ‘wrong’ i.e. non-Progress candidates, gave us an account of the progress or
lack of it in getting the party unsuspended.
He suggested that Labour Party headquarters, in the absence of any campaign,
could leave the party suspended indefinitely since the Right knew that it could
never obtain a majority in a fair election.
If the decision of
Anne Black to suspend the party was outrageous, then it is all the more outrageous
that it still remains suspended. Karen
Buckingham was appointed to conduct an ‘Inquiry’ a few weeks after the
suspension. By that time the new
Executive had been removed and the old Executive had been reinstated. When Greg Hadfield managed to persuade City
College where the AGM was held to release video of the incident, guess
what? There was no spitting. What was Buckingham’s reaction? She refused to watch the video using the
pretext of the Data Protection Act. I
don’t recall that the DPA being used to discipline members of the Compliance Unit
when details of my suspension were leaked to the national press.
B&H Momentum AGM
The first item on the AGM
agenda was a motion to support Jackie Walker, the Black-Jewish woman who was
removed as Vice-Chair of Momentum by the Steering Committee as a result of
false allegations of ‘anti-Semitism’ by the Zionist Jewish Labour
Movement. After a good natured debate,
including a contribution by a member of the Alliance for Workers Liberty, the
group that helped Lansman achieve his majority on Monday night, the meeting
voted overwhelmingly 56-6 with 6 abstentions, to support Jackie Walker and call
for the immediate reversal of the decision to remove her as Vice Chair. In other words 90% of those voting chose to
back Jackie and disregarded the vacuous excuses of Momentum’s misleadership.
Labour Party AGM on July 2nd
There were a number of
motions on the agenda and elections produced a large Steering Committee which
will have its work cut out next year. I
was elected as part of a block of 8!
Momentum meeting prior to the ‘cancelled’ AGM of July 2nd
However it has been an
enormously successful year in which a Momentum slate swept the board at the AGM
elections on July 2nd where candidates got on average 66% of the
vote. No one could have seen the utter
dishonesty of the Right which was prepared to lie and deceive, with the back of
the Right on the NEC, to ensure that the Party’s democratic choice was
nullified. Greg told us that the
membership of the Brighton parties was now over 8,000.
The task now is to
ensure that the victory of Jeremy Corbyn is carried through in terms of the
rejuvenation of the Party as a whole.
B&H Momentum AM
What was particularly
pleasing for me was that despite political divisions in Brighton & Hove
Momentum in the past year, everyone came together in a spirit of comradeship
and how all sections of Momentum were aghast at what the leadership of Momentum has done to
Jackie Walker in aiding the witch hunt of the racist Jewish Labour
Movement. Particular thanks were given
to Clare Wadey who was absent tonight.