Labour has won a major electoral victory – so the mainstream media are ignoring it

City of London elections are unusual in that the electorate is comprised of not only local residents but also voters appointed by companies [Image: Getty].

You can see there’s something wrong with our national news organisations when reports of the City of London elections
don’t mention that Labour has changed the political face of the council, despite repeated claims – in the media – that the party is electorally hopeless.

Instead, the focus is on the fact that the City of London is historically independent – that means no councillors of any stated political persuasion at all.

But isn’t it important that in the Square Mile – the United Kingdom’s financial district – it wasn’t the Tories, the so-called party of financial responsibility, that changed the status quo?

It was Labour – the party of actual financial responsibility. At a time when Labour is supposed to be in the doldrums.

The Independent played down the importance of the victory by suggesting that Labour’s win was only a minor upset – but Labour only ever fields a few candidates.

Bear in mind that the City of London elections are unique in that they allow representatives of companies based there to vote.

So this election demonstrates two things: Labour is far more electable than the right-wing press pundits want you to think. And the country’s financiers, when given the choice, trust Labour’s politics over anybody else’s.

Labour has won a record five seats in elections to the City of London’s Common Council, in a shock result that sees Jeremy Corbyn’s party offer a challenge – however minor – to the independence of the capital’s financial centre.

The Council has historically been dominated by independent councillors as the main political parties have tended not to field candidates in City elections.

However, Labour routinely contests some wards and in [last week’s] election the party increased its representation from one to five.

The remaining 95 seats were taken by independents or candidates with no party description.

While the council remains overwhelmingly made up of independents, the latest vote suggests the centuries-old tradition of political neutrality may be waning.

Source: Labour threatens independence of City of London with historic council election victory

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6 thoughts on “Labour has won a major electoral victory – so the mainstream media are ignoring it

  1. Neilth

    Hardly a power grab and in my limited experience ‘independents’ are more often than not false flag Tories. It would be helpful to know how many labour candidates stood and how this unusually structured council operates and how it’s wards are determined. Is there multiple representation on each ward? We’re all 100 seats up for election? Etc

  2. NMac

    No surprises that the mainstream media ignored it. That’s their way of helping the Tory propagandists.

  3. Phil Battison

    As a Labour Supporter for the last forty years, I can confirm that the mainstream media are correct. We are sick of having a Leader and a Leadership that doesn’t follow Labour policy, care about its voters, or about its country. We can start trying to win elections when Corbyn and Momentum are in the same wastebin as Militant.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      What utter rubbish.
      The mainstream media are not correct.
      We have Jeremy Corbyn because we were sick of having a leader and a leadership that didn’t follow Labour policy, care about its voters or about its country.
      New Labour, and Labour under Miliband, haemorrhaged five million Labour voters, don’t ever forget. That’s how much they cared about the party’s supporters.
      And if you think Labour policy should be to sacrifice the sick and disabled to poverty, despair and death in the hope of getting favourable coverage from your mainstream media, then you are not a follower of Labour ideals.

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