‘Centrist’ pressure group loud about new referendum and cancelling Article 50 – but conference going ahead during short campaign
With the EU elections just over a fortnight away, most people might be excused for thinking that those with a particular agenda for the outcome would be pushing hard on the campaign front, out knocking doors or phonebanking, or amplifying their preferred message on social media.
Labour has cancelled all non-campaign meetings until after the elections, with an email from Jennie Formby to that effect sent to all members.
Progress, the right-wing or ‘centrist’ pressure group, is going ahead with its conference:
Progress is not an official Labour organisation – it has no formal standing with the party and many have argued for membership in it to be ‘proscribed’ – and is not bound by Jennie Formby’s cancellation order.
However, made up as it is of some of the most vocal anti-Brexit and/or pro-referendum MPs, you might expect it would postpone its ‘fightback’ – i.e. factional – conference until after the election. It seems its factional agenda is more important than the Brexit outcome Progress makes so much noise about.
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