All three Brixton Constituency Labour Parties back right wing Liz Kendall to become new party Leader


All three Constituency Labour Parties covering the Brixton patch have now nominated Liz Kendall as the preferred choice to be the next Leader of the Labour party.

The Vauxhall CLP followed the lead set by Dulwich & West Norwood and Streatham on Thursday evening by endorsing the right wing candidate during a packed meeting at the Stockwell Community Resource Centre.

Jeremy Corbyn came second with the nominations, with Yvette Cooper third. Andy Burnhamthe preferred choice of Vauxhall MP Kate Hoey – trailed in a very poor fourth place.

Caroline Flint was also endorsed during the meeting as the Vauxhall CLP nomination for the Deputy Labour Leadership.

The actual act of endorsement means very little in terms of the outcome of the Leadership contest. It is simply a vote of confidence from each CLP. The internal Labour party system of one member, one vote, will ultimately decide who the next Leader is.

It should come as no surprise that all three Brixton constituencies have backed the right of centre Kendall. The right wing Progress arm of the Labour party remains strong in Lambeth. The Town Hall continues to be controlled by ultra Blairites.

The nomination of Kendall in our patch seems at odds with the national picture. The current CLP nominations from around the country show that the mood is very much for an anti-austerity candidate:

Jeremy Corbyn: 145

Andy Burnham: 110

Yvette Cooper: 107

Liz Kendal: 18


Meanwhile Brixton Hill ward Cllr Florence Nosegbe was also nominated at the Vauxhall meeting on Thursday evening as the preferred candidate to represent Lambeth and Southwark at the GLA, replacing the retiring Val Shawcross in 2016.

Nosegbe has now been endorsed by three out of the five CLP’s that make up the ward with Dulwich & West Norwood and Streatham also backing her.

The main contender for the Brixton Hill Cllr is Cllr Dora Dixon-Fyle, the ward Cllr for Camberwell Green and current Mayor of Southwark. The Camberwell & Peckham and Southwark & Old Bermondsey CLP’s have nominated Dixon-Fyle.

The ballot for the all-female contest to decide who will be the Labour candidate for Lambeth and Southwark takes place next week.

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