Reports of collapsing membership continue to be fake news
In this case as in many, the ‘mainstream’ is the source of ‘fake news’. Labour’s membership remains over 500,000 and the party is recruiting more than resign – by a factor of three to one.
With a single exception so far this year, Labour is typically adding 750 new members or more per week, although normal seasonal issues continue with members lapsing through arrears.
Not only that, but Labour is gearing up for an even greater rate of increase. The party has authorised recruitment of a new membership director with sole job of developing recruitment and retention strategies linked to organising and political education. New work is also planned with unions round policy to build trade union/Labour membership.
The motives of those claiming Labour’s membership is falling are transparent enough – but in spite of the best efforts of Tories, ‘squatter’ MPs and their media allies, Labour continues to its growth as a membership organisation as well as in its stature as a political and electoral force.
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