The hotly anticipated results of the latest round of elections to Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee have been twice delayed this afternoon, amid report that Momentum-backed candidates have swept the board.
Results were originally expected at noon, then 2pm before finally being delayed until 8pm this evening. The cause for the delay is not known, though it is possible that Labour is keen to avoid any possible negative news coverage of the result.
It is thought that Jeremy Corbyn allies will take all nine spaces voted for my Labour members. That would mean Pete Willsman holds on despite a leaked recording of him discussing anti-Semitism at a previous meeting. It would also mean Eddie Izzard, who has been on the NEC since Christina Shawcroft resigned earlier this year, would have failed to cling on.
Ann Black looks set to miss out, despite receiving nominations from nearly 200 CLPs and being backed by Open Labour. Black was dropped from the Centre-Left Grassroots Alliance (CLGA) following votes amind the leadership election of 2016.
The CLGA, made up of Momentum, Campaign for Labour Party Democracy, Labour Representation Committee and many others, was split over Willsman in the light of the recordings. Momentum dropped him from their slate, though Jon Lansman said this weekend he had voted for him. Other groups and some Corbyn supporting MPs continued to urge members to back the full slate.
The announcement will be made just hours before the new NEC meets to discuss the IHRA definition on anti-Semitism and whether Labour should adopt it in full.