Every 20 minutes, somebody quits New Labour.
[Daily Mail-December 27-2006]
THE Labour Party has lost members at
the rate of one every 20 minutes in the last six years, according to
figures released yesterday.
Deputy leadership contender Jon Cruddas
warned that the party would have no members at all by 2013 if they
continued to drop off at the same rate.
The drastic decline reflects
disillusionment with the Blair government, fury over the Iraq war and
its aftermath, and recently the cash-for -honours affair.
According to the figures, membership
stands at 198,000 compared with 361,000 in 2000. Mr Cruddas, MP for
Dagenham in Essex, called on the party leadership to reconnect
with the grass roots. 'You are not going to resolve this from
Westminster -you are not going to resolve this simply through edicts
from the centre.' he said.
'You need to build it from the bottom
up. Activity on the streets, a local presence, continuously year-on-year
and not just at election times.'
The figures will be particularly
alarming for Gordon Brown who is hoping to take over the Labour
leadership next year at a time when Tories are enjoying a resurgence in
Mr Cruddas, who is next month launching
a national tour to find out why members are leaving in their droves,
'These figures are alarming. It's time
we as a party woke up.'
[Well! -the figures above show that the
electorate has awoken and the cause it not too far to see -it is No10
and Tony Blair in particular with his illegal invasion of Iraq. Why do you think that Tony has been keen
to get the loans rather than having to explain to his party membership
his disastrous so-called policies?]
Mr Cruddas continued:
'Revitalising the party and rebuilding
our ability to win elections will only come about if we change.'
MPs are particularly concerned that the
Party will face a drubbing at the next local elections in May, 2007.
Labour has said that membership, which
peaked at 405,000 after Tony Blair came to power in 1997, fell by only
3,348 in 2005.
Chairman Hazel Blears said Mr Cruddas's
figures had been used in a 'sensational way' [The usual New Labour way
-we have no doubt]
'Our membership is broadly the same as
other political parties, and not just in this country but around the the
world there is a lack of political engagement.' And I think that the
process we're undertaking to involve the public should also help us to
involve the public should also help us to reinvigorate our party
politics - something that desperately needs to be done.'
The most recent figures for the Tories
suggest that they have lost 6,000 members since David Cameron won the
Some 247,394 are eligible to
vote -6,295 fewer than when Mr Cameron took over.
[This is a warning to David Cameron
that his star gazing has not brought him flocks of admirers and he has
now left it too late in getting some substance into his policies
before Gordon Brown enters No10 and an election to shortly follow.]
A review into political party
funding by former civil servant Sir Hayden Phillips is due to publish
its recommendations in January 2007.
It is expected to recommend that
parties stop being bankrolled by wealthy individuals or trade unions and
rely on membership fees.
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Ditch the EU
TREATY after IRISH REJECTION
[Daily Mail-Wednesday, June
MORE THAN HALF of voters believe Britain should
drop the controversial European Treaty in the wake of its
rejection in last week's
The poll comes as the Tories launch a last-ditch
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