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Nellist turns out 10x more campaigners in Erdington than right-wing Labour despite foul weather

Support is grassroots where Labour’s so-called ‘moderate’s were mostly councillors

Socialist candidate and former Labour MP Dave Nellist is standing against the Labour right’s candidate in the Erdington by-election triggered by the death of incumbent Jack Dromey.

Nellist’s wife Jane tweeted on Sunday evening about the level of support Nellist had received over the weekend in spite of horrendous weather as named storms swept over the UK:

The contrast with the sorry showing for the Labour right’s candidate was stark – all left-wingers had been barred from the selection, though Skwawkbox understands that the right’s favourite option performed so badly at the hustings that the candidate they thought was a makeweight got through. Only a handful of people turned out – and at least half of them were right-wing councillors plus an MP, which the deputy leader of Birmingham council, apparently seriously, described as a ‘big crowd’:

At least ten times more people, judging by these images. Socialist policies and an appetite for real change enthuse. ‘More of the same’ doesn’t. A lesson for Keir Starmer there somewhere, but it’s unimaginable that he will listen or learn.

Labour’s toxicity and lack of vision under Starmer are so serious that the party is struggling to find people willing to stand for many positions, let alone willing to wear out shoe leather campaigning for them.

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