Report may be explosive
A trio of leading figures from the northern Labour left will report publicly tomorrow on their findings from a 10-month, 30-town tour of working-class communities.
MPs Ian Lavery and Jon Trickett and Laura Smith, who was MP for Crewe and Nantwich and is one of the best-loved figures on the left, asked working-class people in those towns why they turned away from Labour at the last election.
Those findings are unlikely to please the so-called ‘centrists’ who have spent the best part of a year trying to rewrite history to claim that Labour’s left-wing social and economic policies were a turn-off to voters.
Appearing to hint that the report will be starkly at odds with the rewriting of history by so-called ‘centrists’ who undermined the party’ general election campaigns, Smith told the SKWAWKBOX:
After losing my seat back in 2019 I knew that the only way to move forward both personally and as a party was to really get to grips with what had gone wrong. I had my own thoughts but I wanted to hear from others.
Sadly for many the period of reflection that many said they were entering was unsurprisingly short lived, and just became an opportunity to throw more mud and justify their previous stance.
That’s why it was so important to listen to people up and down the country, from all wings of the party, trade unions and from outside organisations to find out what they thought had gone wrong and then try and find the solutions to solve the issues. I passionately believe that we need a transformative Labour government now more than ever and I will do what I can to help us to gain the trust back in communities like mine.
This report outlined clearly what many felt were the problems, what many see as the solutions and I hope that it will help to steer us onto the right path.
The trio will publish their findings via ‘No Holding Back’, a group set up to campaign for “a Labour Party led by organised working class communities in every corner of our country – showing, not telling, people that we are on their side“. The Zoom call will be streamed on the No Holding Back and SKWAWKBOX Facebook pages. Follow No Holding Back on Twitter here.
It may be an explosive moment.
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