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Late last year, my branch of the Labour Party tried to get our CLP to pass a motion calling for one of the party’s old guard, who had treated the membership poorly, to be removed.

It was blocked after an interjection from the CLP secretary, who claimed that it was inappropriate to criticise an employee who cannot speak for himself.

You’ve probably already guessed who this was. He seemed perfectly articulate when he gave his speech to Labour’s National Conference last year.

Late last year, the SKWAWKBOX named a new membership figure for the Labour party of 630,000, based on figures provided by an HQ contact.

This figure turned out to be incorrect – we’re still working on identifying why. The latest official figure is 540,000, still great but a substantial difference.

Would the number be higher if the membership had not been so poorly treated by the party’s old guard? Probably.

More than ever change is needed and those holding the members in contempt need to step aside or be removed, so the party can both move and grow, unhindered.

Source: Labour membership correction | The SKWAWKBOX

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