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Corbyn has the power for a Brexit stitch-up

At the People's Vote march to Liverpool's Pier Head during Labour's conference, marchers chanted: "Hey Jeremy, take a note, for the many, people's vote."
Well, to be fair, Mr Corbyn says he will take note of what delegates decide when the conference debates Brexit here on Tuesday.He was stating the obvious when he told the Sunday Mirror in an interview about a new Brexit vote: "What comes out of conference, I will adhere to."That's all very well, but Mr Corbyn and his allies have the power to engineer a good old-fashioned behind-the-scenes stitch-up to ensure the conference votes for the Brexit motion he wants to be passed.A total of 151 contemporary motions on Brexit - a record for a single issue - have been submitted to the Labour conference by local parties and trade unions. Most call for the party to back another referendum.These motions will be boiled down into one motion for debate by the party's conference arrangements committee. It doesn't sound sexy, but this is a very powerful body.

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Its task is what's called "compositing", taking all the motions and forming a "composite motion" that will be put to the conference when Brexit is debated on Tuesday.Sometimes the CAC produces two rival motions, but this time there is likely to be just one, I'm told.No wonder Mr Corbyn is so relaxed about this process.In the most recent elections to the committee, Momentum-backed candidates were elected in a landslide.Seema Chandwani, a left-wing activist from Tottenham, north London, and Billy Hayes, the affable Scouser who used to be general secretary of the Communication Workers Union, won more than twice as many votes as their opponents.

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The defeated candidates were straight out of Blairite central casting: the Ashfield, Nottingham, MP and former GMTV journalist Gloria de Piero and the Labour peer and former EastEnders actor and MEP Michael Cashman.So we can expect the compositing process to produce a hefty dollop of fudge, one which pro-Remainers demanding a firm commitment to a so-called people's vote will find hard to swallow.We had a dry run of what we can expect at the TUC in Manchester two weeks ago.In fact, one member of the CAC told me the motion to be debated in Liverpool will be "not dissimilar" to the motion debated and passed by the TUC.:: Fresh backing for Sky News' Make Debates Happen campaign
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