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NDP leader James finds support from New Westminster

New Westminster has joined New Democratic Party constituency associations supporting leader Carole James and the planned 2011 leadership review.

“The B.C. NDP supports Carole James as its leader,” said a resolution passed at the association's annual general meeting yesterday and by its executive last week.

The resolution also called for following the review process approved at the party's convention last year, instead of the full-blown leadership race other constituency associations have called for.

New Westminster is represented in the legislature by MLA Dawn Black, a former NDP member of parliament.

Constituency association president Lynn Bueckert said in an email that MPs Finn Donnelly and Peter Julian also endorsed the resolution.

The Tyee reported yesterday that the constituency association in Surrey-Green Timbers passed a similar motion. Public Eye website has reported that NDP constituency associations in Cariboo North, Penticton and Fraser-Nicola have passed motions favouring a full leadership race, while the Comox Valley association has passed a motion supporting James and the planned leadership review.

There are 85 constituencies in British Columbia.

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