Two Labour MPs who consistently warned the party of the consequences of the disastrous swing toward a ‘referendum and remain’ position have called on working-class people to join the Labour Party and pull it back toward its working-class roots.
While leadership hopefuls Keir Starmer, Emily Thornberry and Jess Phillips led the push toward the remain position that lost Labour more than fifty seats in its leave-voting heartlands, ex-miner Ian Lavery and former plumber Jon Trickett stood up for their communities – and for a Labour government. That they were not heeded has led to tragedy for millions.
And today, the pair have called jointly in a Daily Mirror article for working-class people to join the party ahead of Monday’s deadline for voting in Labour’s leadership contest, in order to ‘rebalance’ the party towards its authentic roots and nature while maintaining the vital ‘coalition’ of the working and middle classes.
On April 4 Labour will elect a new leader and deputy leader…
This is a generational chance to have your say on who these people are.
When Labour wins, it is because a coalition of working and middle class people believe in our party to make Britain a better place.
We must rebuild this historic alliance right across our country in order to transform it positively.
However our membership is now disproportionately one that voted to Remain in the referendum and drawn from the South, mainly from metropolitan areas and from the middle classes…
To win again the coalition of working and middle class people within our own party must be rebalanced.
That is why we are calling for Labour supporters from working class backgrounds and from the North to join the party by January 20 and have their say in the upcoming leadership election.
Want to help with the task of ensuring Labour properly represents the working-class people it was formed to defend and promote? Join the Labour Party here by next Monday, 20 January – and don’t just vote, get involved in your area.
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