“They feel like they’re sending Jeremy a message by not voting for us. And these are people that voted for him twice in the leadership elections – and I don’t really know what to say to them,” he says, despairingly. “I really want him to speak to them, because they’re in the Labour party because of him, not because of me.” … [Read more...] about ‘He desperately wants to hold it all together’: Corbyn on the campaign trail
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Michael Chessum, from left-wing campaign group Another Europe Is Possible. told me: "Labour's leadership has to understand that I as a left-wing activist, and other left-wing activists in Momentum, are very worried about the threat to the Corbyn project if Corbyn spins so far away from his members. … [Read more...] about Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn faces demands from Labour activists to back referendum
I recall when, as director of the London Labour party and agent for Frank Dobson in the 2000 mayoral election, thousands of Labour members openly campaigned and voted for Ken Livingstone, against the party’s official candidate. There was some pressure for discipline against them, but I firmly resisted this and at no time was there any desire from the party leadership to pursue it. Far better to heal divisions, learn from the experience and move forwards to a united, broad-based party in which all who want to see a Labour victory will feel comfortable. What a far cry from this latest act of dogmatic spite. Hardly a “gentler” style of politics!David WilkinsonSwaby, Lincolnshire … [Read more...] about The expulsion of Alastair Campbell is a Spartacus moment for Labour members
• Gloria De Piero is a much-needed voice of sanity at a dangerous time for the country. It is not leave or remain that matters now: if Labour treats its voters with contempt and campaigns to rerun a referendum to get a different result, many of those voters will never vote again. It seems that Labour’s Blairites and Momentum have united to ratify the old adage that voting wouldn’t be allowed if it changed anything. … [Read more...] about What now for Labour after EU election fiasco?
“I am and always will be Labour,” he said in a series of tweets. “I voted Lib Dem, without advance publicity, to try to persuade Labour to do right thing for country/party. In light of appeal, I won’t be doing media on this. But hard not to point out difference in the way antisemitism cases have been handled.” … [Read more...] about Labour expels Alastair Campbell from party