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Rhea Wolfson Replaces Ken Livingstone on the left slate for Labour’s executive

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Rhea Wolfson: the Fresh Face of the Open Democratic Left.  

Left Futures has just reported,

Rhea Wolfson replaces Ken Livingstone on left slate for Labour’s executive.

Momentum, the  grassroots network that arose out of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership campaign, has decided to support Rhea Wolfson’s bid for Labour’s national executive committee (NEC). Wolfson, Co-Chair of the Co-op Party Youth, joins Ann Black, Claudia Webbe, Darren Williams, Christine Shawcroft, and Pete Willsman on the Centre-Left Grassroots Alliance (CLGA) slate, which supports Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.

Wolfson, who actively supported Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign for Leader last summer, replaces former London Mayor Ken Livingstone on the slate. Due to Livingstone’s current suspension from the party, he is ineligible to stand. Welcoming Wolfson’s NEC bid, Jon Lansman, chair of Momentum’s steering committee, said:

Rhea Wolfson is a very impressive young woman, committed to fighting for a more democratic party and a credible democratic socialist agenda. As a young, Jewish Scot, she will provide important perspectives that will improve the running of the Labour Party.”

Wolfson is a GMB activist in Glasgow, a human rights activist focused on Israel and the Occupied Territories and a former member of the Jewish Leadership Council. Last year, she Announcing her application for the NEC, Wolfson said:

Britain needs a Labour Party that can deliver a confident and credible democratic socialist agenda; an alternative to the inequality of conservatism and the inertia of nationalism – with fairness and equality at its heart.”

As a Scottish Labour activist, Wolfson is committed to restoring Labour’s fortunes in Scotland:

Labour must be the party that stands against austerity to improve the lives of working people across borders.”

Wolfson is committed to a united, member-led party:

Our party needs to be strong and united, with all levels of the party working in a transparent and tolerant manner. I will work to empower members, local parties, and activists; to fight for a more democratic party that can deliver change – and ultimately, deliver victory.”

Nominations close on Friday 24 June. Please do your best to ensure that you constituency party nominates all left candidates for Labour’s NEC by that date.

A cloud has lifted.

Let us hope we hear more from people like Rhea Wolfson and a lot, a real lot, less from Ken Livingstone.

This is worth noting (Myinforms)

A former president of Oxford University’s Jewish and Israel societies, and an ex-chair of the Zionist Youth Council, Ms Wolfson supported Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership campaign last summer.

This is how she reacted to students shouting “Slay the Jews” at the Israeli Foreign Minister visiting  Oxford in 2010 (Cherwell),

An Oxford student yelled “Slay the Jews” at Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Danny Ayalon, when he spoke at the Oxford Union on Monday night.

According to eyewitness reports, the student was removed by security after he shouted the Arabic phrase, “IdhbaH al-Yahud”, which Cherwell understands to mean “Slay the Jews”.

A separate protest outside the Union, organised by the University Palestinian Society, began at 6.15pm. Demonstrators chanted slogans in support of Palestine, which could be heard in the Union chamber throughout Mr Ayalon’s speech.

Rhea Wolfson, President of the Oxford Israeli Cultural Society, explained that she believes “it was the wrong way to go about the issue. Protesters had a fantastic opportunity for dialogue last night and wasted it by shouting at the speaker, reciting prepared monologues and one member even launched a personal attack on his political career.”

She added that this “did not allow Danny Ayalon to discuss the remedies or the future, only the past; this kind of ranting and anger will get us nowhere.”

On the shouting of “Slay the Jews,” she remarked that “This is a disgusting thing to have happened. This student was obviously not representing the majority of the protesters … [and] crossed lines that should not have been crossed.”


Like many left activists I know some people on this slate already, Ann and Christina.

They are hard-working democratic socialists who deserve wide support.

Some more information: Campaign for Labour Party Democracy.





Written by Andrew Coates

May 10, 2016 at 4:12 pm

23 Responses

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  1. “Britain needs a Labour Party that can deliver a confident and credible democratic socialist agenda; an alternative to the inequality of conservatism and the inertia of nationalism – with fairness and equality at its heart.”

    More of this sort of socialist, please!


    May 10, 2016 at 4:37 pm

  2. Exactly my overwhelming reaction Makhno!

    Andrew Coates

    May 10, 2016 at 4:48 pm

  3. Where does she stand regarding Israel/Palestine issues?


    May 10, 2016 at 8:38 pm

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  5. Where does she stand regarding Sri Lanka, Kurdistan, the Ukraine and Tibet?

    Boleyn Ali

    May 11, 2016 at 12:02 pm

  6. Where does she stand?

    She is a breath of fresh air: I for one am happy to see somebody who’s not older than I am standing for the NEC!

    Andrew Coates

    May 11, 2016 at 12:28 pm

  7. Replace Ken Livingstone with a Zionist. how fresh is that?


    May 11, 2016 at 1:33 pm

  8. She did write this rambling embarrassment http://www.leftfutures.org/2015/06/labour-must-not-lose-its-soul-to-pragmatism/

    Her launch off marriage equality and SCOTUS is facepalm-level BS on US system, as well as what Obama has actually said on civil society moving politicians..

  9. Are you by chance D Ellis in another guise?

    Or is Galloway’s absence just making you flay around for something to say Dean?

    Andrew Coates

    May 11, 2016 at 5:44 pm

  10. Better than our Wolfson North London 1970s friend who put an ad in Time Out’s Lonely Hearts describing herself as a “feminist groovy chick”.

    Andrew Coates

    May 11, 2016 at 5:49 pm

  11. Absolutely unacceptable that this jewish supremacist Zionist tool should replace Ken, when all he did was tell the truth. I ride for Ken Livingstone, crusher of kikes!

    Lev Bronstein

    May 11, 2016 at 7:09 pm

  12. I’d hazard a guess that “Lev Bronstein” is not that disgusting pig’s real name.


    May 11, 2016 at 10:19 pm

  13. Andrew: I asked a very simple straightforward question which you didn’t answer.


    May 12, 2016 at 1:52 am

  14. You could always Google it, for fuck’s sake.


    May 12, 2016 at 8:21 am

  15. I’d hazard a guess that “Lev Bronstein” is attempting a particularly shitty form of satire.

    Either way they’re scum.


    May 12, 2016 at 9:32 am

  16. This comrade is under attack:

    Andrew Coates

    May 12, 2016 at 12:56 pm

  17. Andrew Coates

    May 12, 2016 at 1:01 pm

  18. From anonymous accounts set up purely for that purpose, it would seem.

    Cowardly pondscum.


    May 12, 2016 at 3:29 pm

  19. Thursday, 12th May

    My first 24 hours as an NEC candidate made me want to give up – but I won’t.

    Rhea Wolfson .


    Andrew Coates

    May 12, 2016 at 4:58 pm

  20. Very sad to see from her article that the right of the party have busied themselves having a fit about a clumsy line in a now deleted article she wrote ages ago, rather than standing shoulder to shoulder against vile antisemitic attacks on a party comrade.


    May 12, 2016 at 6:47 pm

  21. oh come on, lighten up.

    Lev Bronstein

    May 13, 2016 at 12:04 am

  22. The first thing anybody standing for political office should do is delete his or her Facebook and Twitter accounts. That way, anyone wanting to be gratuitously abusive will have to buy a postage stamp or pick up a telephone. Most webtroll types are too lazy, cowardly or stupid to do that.


    May 13, 2016 at 9:55 am

  23. Living well is the greatest revenge – that’s what they say. The simple fact that some of the anony-fascist commenters here are spending their dreary, bitter days desperately trying to intimidate Rhea and goad us, and all because a young Jewish woman has accomplished more in the first quarter of her life than all of them combined…in the end all it does is underline the huge disparity in talent, stature, courage, charisma, influence, psychological wealth, etc. between her and her lily-livered, mouth-breathing opponents. No amount of pathetic social media threats and insults will change that.

    I think the statement about Labour and the 2020 election is unbelievably daft – selfish even – but setting that aside she seems genuinely impressive and likeable and everyone in all parties, never mind just Labour, should circle the wagons when she’s getting this kind of shit thrown at her.

    Saul Till

    May 13, 2016 at 2:34 pm

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