More than ever, Labour members are the key to party’s future
As the campaign for the leadership of the Labour Party takes shape, one thing is becoming unavoidably clear: the future of the party will depend more than ever on its members.
The moves to deprive the left majority of a meaningful choice in the contest and the positions taken by candidates have already seen many members saying they will not vote for any candidate – and others even saying they will quit the party altogether.
But Labour’s policies and rules are not decided by its leader – instead, those decisions are made by the National Executive Committee (NEC) and by delegates at the party’s annual conference.
Places for member representatives on the NEC will be decided again this year – and every CLP (constituency Labour party) will elect its delegates to represent its views at the conference in Liverpool this September.
Those who want to defend the progress of the last four years and ultimately see Labour restored as a genuine alternative to the Establishment line have only one option: stay in – and organise.
Quitting the party and ceding the field to the right to rig Labour’s rules against the many will be to gift victory to those who have fought against a Labour win for their own purposes.
However much members feel hurt and wearied by the war waged against them, that is not an option.
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