John Mann, the MP for Bassetlaw, has been a constant critic of Jeremy Corbyn’s reign as Labour leader. Is this another attempt to undermine his own party? [Image: John Stillwell/PA].

There’s no reason to accept John Mann’s unevidenced claim that the majority of new Labour members are middle-class.

And there’s no reason to accept his idea of a higher-rate membership fee for people who are better-off than most. Do other political parties have such a system?

No – it seems likely he simply wants to find a way to avoid the more extreme methods of opposing the implied £6 million cut in Labour’s funding from trade unions as a result of the Tory bill going through Parliament at the moment.

Labour would be better-off if it cut all co-operation with the Conservative Government until ministers changed their minds about their unreasonable and despotic attacks on democracy.

Labour members who own property worth more than £1m should be charged a membership fee of £1,000, according to party MP John Mann.

The MP for Bassetlaw, who has been an outspoken critic of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, said he would formally put forward a proposal to introduce “a Labour mansion tax” at the party’s annual conference.

Writing on his website, Mann said: “Hidden from the discussion of Labour’s big increase in membership is any analysis of who has joined as fee-paying individual members, but a deeper examination will show that it is overwhelmingly the middle classes who are joining.”

The MP claimed that on one street in the Labour leader’s constituency of Islington North, populated by owner-occupiers in multimillion-pound houses, 40 people had joined the party over a 12-week period.

Mann suggested that the new members could help avert a funding crisis that would come if the government’s trade union bill passes. A confidential Labour document released to the Guardian last week revealed that the party faces an expected £6m drop in its annual income as a result of the changes to the political levy being introduced in the bill.

Source: Labour MP proposes ‘mansion tax’ for party members | Politics | The Guardian