Can Labour Survive?
report of the public meeting in Hebden Bridge
Friday, 25 September 2009
Those attending the public meeting to discuss the future of the Labour Party yesterday evening were disappointed to learn that Alice Mahon was unable to attend for health reasons. Also noticeably absent from this public meeting about the future of Labour was the current Parliamentary candidate, Steph Booth.
Cllrs Susan Press and Janet Oosthuysen led the discussion.
Susan Press reminded those present that Alice Mahon had taken the decision to leave the Labour Party in April but had always been very supportive her and Janet in their attempts to be selected as Labour Party candidate.
The meeting was told that the local Labour Party had lost a lot of members because of discontent and unhappiness over the recent selection process. Many of those who remain will, come the General Election, probably decide to put their energies into supporting Labour candidates in neighbouring constituencies.
Janet Oosthuysen said that the response to the question “Can Labour survive?” was “Of course it will!” She joined when she was 18 and observed that the further Labour moves from its working class roots the more trouble it will have. Janet pointed out that there isn’t apathy but people are currently far more interested and enthusiasm in political issues than in parties and manifestos.
While those attending the meeting included some Labour Party members, many of those present were not Labour members. Points made during the good-natured discussion included:
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