If you think that the grip the Corbyn-led movement has on the Labour Party is solely manifested in the leader’s office, you are, as of today, mistaken.
All 6 available National Executive Committee positions have been won by Momentum-backed candidates in a clean sweep for the far-left of the party, highlighting the extent to which the internal power dynamics for Labour are changing and indicating there will likely be an eventual leftist monopoly of the 33 NEC seats.
Ann Black, Christine Shawcroft, Claudia Webbe, Darren Williams, Rhea Wolfson and Peter Willsman were all comfortably elected onto the NEC, all at least 10,000 votes ahead of the closest challenger.
This has far-reaching implications as it represents a key moment in the slow shift of the party’s core towards the left, “flushing out” the right of the party that has been present in Labour’s internal operations for decades.
On the other side of the coin, the “moderate” pressure group Labour First-backed candidates failed miserably, with its ringleader Luke Akehurst receiving 48,000 votes compared to sixth-place finisher Peter Willsman’s 81,000.
This election was always going to be a key indicator of the direction Labour is taking, and the result could not be clearer- the far-left of the party are here to stay. Looking at the online summary of the NEC’s work, it is clear how significant this election is for policy directives in the future:
“The National Executive Committee is the governing body and the administrative authority of the Labour Party that oversees the overall direction of the party and the policy-making process… This body oversees the development of party policy through a rolling programme of policy development”
So, even if Corbyn is defeated in September, it is blindingly obvious that the movement his candidacy has sparked will not be going away anytime soon.