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Stop the ‘McDonnell amendment’

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 [2017] 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 Redboxthe 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

Powers behind the throne: how the unions control Corbyn’s fate
Kevin Maguire, The Newstatesman, 3rd April 2017

The 2017 manifesto, not divisive rule changes, should be the star of Labour’s conference
Richard Angell, Huffington Post, 11 September 2017

Momentum plotting to ‘storm’ party conference in ‘attack on social democracy’, says Labour MP
Ned Simons, Huffington Post, 12 September 2017

Momentum trying to ‘storm’ Labour conference, MP tells centre-left activists
Peter Edwards, LabourList, 12 September 2017

Labour centrists urge members to oppose leftwing rule changes
Jessica Elgot, The Guardian, 12 September 2017

An internal struggle awaits at Labour conference
Gareth Morgan, totalpolitics, 13 September 2017

Labour leadership contenders could make the ballot without any support from MPs
Emma Bean, LabourList, 15 September 2017

Jon Lansman interview: ‘It’s my objective to give Labour members more power’
Ashley Cowburn, The Independent, 17 September 2017

‘It’s not your party’: Corbyn ally steps up attack on moderate Labour MPs warning that activists are now in charge
Kate Ferguson, The Daily Mail, 18 September 2017

Labour rule changes backed by ruling NEC
BBC News, 19 September 2017

Labour review to ask NEC to agree more power for members
Jessica Elgot, The Guardian, 19 September 2017

Boris, Brexit and the Labour party
Anushka Ashthana, Guardian Politics Weekly podcast, 20 September 2017

Jeremy Corbyn unveils ‘power grab’ to strengthen the left’s grip on Labour party
Joe Murphy, Evening Standard, 20 September 2017

Revolution at the NEC slashes the odds on a leftwing successor to Corbyn
Peter Edwards, LabourList, 20 September 2017

We will fight and fight again against the ‘McDonnell amendment’
Luke Akehurst, LabourList, 21 September 2017

We cannot let this get through at Labour party conference 2017.

Together we can stop this disastrous amendment.

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