Jeremy Corbyn's left-wing Labour takeover 'cannot be stopped'

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Jeremy Corbyn’s Left-wing take-over of the Labour Party looks increasingly certain as moderate members admit they “don’t expect” to be able to block his radical reforms. 

The Labour leader’s opponents say they are not “waving a white flag” but accept they are unlikely to have the numbers to stop Mr Corbyn and his supporters pushing through far-reaching changes at this month’s party conference. 

Ahead of a rally in Westminster tonight for moderate party members, Luke Akehurst, the secretary of Labour First, said: “The moderate wing of the Labour Party remains alive and kicking, we are not disappearing, we are not waving a white flag.” 

Proposals that would make it easier to get Left-wing candidates nominated for leadership, a new second deputy position and changes to the make-up of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) are expected to be debated and voted on at the conference in Brighton. The final list of Mr Corbyn’s changes will be released by the NEC the Tuesday before conference begins on September 24. 

With Mr Corbyn’s grassroots campaign group Momentum expected to send more of their representatives to the four-day gathering than those aligned with Labour First, votes are likely to be won by the Left wing. Trade unions are also expected to back Mr Corbyn’s changes. 

Mr Akehurst said: “The ball is in their court. The Left leadership have it in their power to put forward changes that might be damaging to party unity, or they can concentrate on keeping the party united and fight the Tories and that’s their choice and all the power sits with them at the moment.”


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