When The Guardian decides to stereotype Labour members, it really goes the whole hog. I would have thought that was a Conservative trait, personally. These are “young labour members … outside the Young Labour Annual Reception at the Hilton Metropole, Brighton” [Image: David Levene for the Guardian].

As a Labour member in a rural branch that has tripled its membership since the 2015 election, This Writer has no option but to doubt the authenticity of this leak.

I’m not saying there aren’t a lot of “high-status city dwellers” in well-paid jobs.

It’s just that my branch has tripled in size, I know quite a few of the new members personally, and they aren’t.

They can’t – by definition – pursue well-paid jobs because average wages in Powys were only 76 per cent of the national average, all the way back in 2008, and the real-terms value of wages has fallen by 10 per cent since then.

They are – by definition – rural. Many of them are senior citizens. And – due to the circumstances described in the paragraph directly above – many have to work hard to stay out of debt.

I think the Constituency Labour Party has either tripled or quadrupled its membership, so my branch is not exceptional either.

A disproportionate number of Labour members who have joined since the 2015 general election are “high-status city dwellers” pursuing well-paid jobs, according to internal party data.

The party is doing less well when it comes to attracting rural dwellers, elderly people and those struggling to make ends meet, leaked documents show.

Source: Labour’s new members mostly wealthy city dwellers – leaked report | Politics | The Guardian

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