Stop the ‘McDonnell amendment’
In September 2016 Caroline Flint called out the hard-left attempt to gerrymander the Labour party rulebook and reduce the threshold to stand to leader from 15 per cent of Labour MPs and MEPs to just five per cent. ‘Conference  should’ she suggests ‘reject the “McDonnell amendment”,’ so called because of the shadow chancellor’s two failed attempts to stand for leader and his unrequited desire to have a third go.
Progress director Richard Angell argued that stopping the McDonnell amendment was his New Years resolution and party priority for 2017. This was reported in the Guardian.
Angell and former MP and Corbynite Chris Williamson debated the amendment on LabourVision. This debate was covered in Times Redbox, the Waugh Room and by Red Labour.
Heather Stewart covered the debate in the Guardian, Matthew d’Ancona came out against it and Maya Goodfellow in favour in the comment pages of the same paper. Stephen Bush at the New Statesman highlighted the set back for the hard-left in his daily email.
Read other comment piece on McDonnell amendment:
John McDonnell is deeply unpleasant man – and Jeremy Corbyn wants him to be Labour’s next leader
Tom Harris, The Daily Telegraph, 29 August 2016
Is the “McDonnell amendment” a better choice for Labour members or simply a recipe for electoral disaster?
Ben Gartside, LabourList, 20 February 2017
How far will Corbyn go to give McDonnell a run at the leadership?
Matt Pound, LabourList, 2 March 2017
What is Labour’s ‘McDonnell amendment’ – and why does it matter?
Patrick Maguire, New Statesman, 22 March 2017
Together we can stop this disastrous amendment.