Labour’s membership, which had dipped slightly, most likely due to right-wingers giving up and jumping ship, has surged again. Rumours of an increase in response to the escalating smear campaign have been circulating, with a stream of social media users saying they had joined for that reason.
But now the phenomenon can be confirmed: Labour has approximately 533,000 full members, not including affiliated members of unions and other organisations.
Campaigns guru Charlie Mansell deserves special mention for yet another accurate prediction:
One NEC member say our membership at end July was 510k and another said it was 530k. My own usually accurate estimate based on tracking some CLP trends over a decade was 520k. It looks like we have risen perhaps by 10k in August due to media coverage so prob in 520k-540k mark
— Charlie Mansell (@charliemansell) September 3, 2018
The clean sweep by the left in the NEC elections likely to be announced at any moment and the news of resurgent membership figures will be a shot in the arm for Labour’s huge pro-Corbyn majority – and for the party’s whole leadership.
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