Labour “moderates” claimed victory in elections held at the annual general meeting (AGM) of one of the party’s five Hove branches last night (Wednesday 1 November).
They held off a challenge for most of the key positions from candidates who are more closely aligned with the party’s national leader Jeremy Corbin.
Caroline McKinlay was re-elected as the Wish and Westbourne Branch chair, seeing off Radio Reverb presenter Sophie Cook who ran an impressive general election campaign in East Worthing and Shoreham.
The sitting Conservative MP held the seat with a much-reduced majority.
Olivia “Liv” Cropper was re-elected vice-chair (campaigns) ahead of Sheila Hall and David Selo was re-elected as the branch secretary, beating Giorgio Finella.
Simon Battle was re-elected as the branch’s campaign organiser and Diane Mitchell was voted in as treasurer.
One member said that moderate candidates were picking up about 50 votes compared with 16 votes for the Momentum slate for most of the posts, calling the outcome “quite convincing”.
Councillor Tom Bewick, who represents Westbourne Ward on Brighton and Hove City Council, said: “I’d like to congratulate all those that stood for chair and branch officer positions this evening.
“Labour is truly a grass roots democratic socialist party and tonight’s meeting showed it.
“We have one of the strongest local campaigning units in the city as well as one of the biggest swings to Labour in the general election.
“Tonight’s results show we are a united party ready to displace the callous Tories from office nationally and as well as forge ahead with residents locally to return a majority Labour council in 2019.”
The Goldsmid and Hove Park Branch also met last night at BHASVIC (Brighton, Hove and Sussex VI Form College).
On Saturday morning (4 November) the Brunswick, Adelaide and Central Hove Branch is due to meet at the Cornerstone Community Centre, at St John’s Church, in Church Road, Hove.
On Wednesday (8 November) the Portslade Brach is due to meet at the City Coast Centre, in North Street, Portslade.
And the Hangleton and Knoll Branch is scheduled to meet next Thursday (9 November) in Elm Drive, Hove.
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