It amazes me that when people (especially Tories) talk about the erosion of democracy in the Labour party they seem to forget that the Tory party has no democracy at all.
They get a choice of two stooges put forward by their MPs and their conferences have been Nuremburg rallies since well, since Nuremburg rallies.
Whatever you say about the declining influence of Labour's NEC, at least it gives a voice to members concerns, at least we have an NEC!
Of course for most Tory members, the lack of democracy in their party is not a problem, since most of them don't believe in democracy anyway.
For Labour party members who rightly fight for a bigger say in their party, it is a godsend for the Tory media who hypocritically exploit this to make Labour look authoritarian - it is all very convenient.