"KEEP JEREMY CORBYN AND KEEP THE LABOUR PARTY DEMOCRATIC"
As every Labour member is aware the party membership recently voted overwhelmingly to install Jeremy Corbyn as leader. Elements of the PLP (Parliamentary Labour Party) have clearly never been happy about this and have continued to seek to undermine his leadership.We are now facing an entirely cynical and disgraceful attempt to unseat him using the EU referendum result as an excuse.
The supreme irony of this is that the (highly questionable) argument that is been used to justify this nonsense is the alleged failure of our Remain campaign to energise the working class to vote to stay in.The fact that this reasoning is coming from Blairite and similar MPs who were primarily responsible for the loss of our traditional connection with working people in the first place would be funny if it were not so sickening.
It is clear that we have not yet re-established that connection but that a) is hardly surprising given the limited amount of time that Jeremy has had to recreate a trust it took years to lose and b) has been massively hindered by the impression of disunity created by the refusal of some MPs to accept the democratic decision of the membership..
Every ordinary member now has to decide whether they want to be effectively involved in running their own party or not.How? Well Momentum have already got over 10,000 signatures to a "Keep Corbyn" petition and if you agree then you should sign that. Secondly we can all lobby Labour MPs as party members-whether you have one in your constituency or not.
In this context following Jeremy's election there was talk of the possibility of deselection of some right wing MPs-this did not happen as no one (myself included) had any stomach for it. However I see no reason why local parties should not consider this option under the current circumstances-if you live by the sword etc.
Finally are we really so stupid that we are going to waste time on a leadership election when we have the opportunity of a lifetime to tear into a divided Tory Party?
(Derbyshire Dales Member)
Here are a few of the other letters we have received:
I wish to register with my local branch (I live in Matlock) my support for Jeremy Corbyn as our leader, and deplore the present attempts by the Blairites and others in the PLP to unseat him. If he is deposed I fully intend to resign as a member of the Labour party as I only joined because Jeremy gave me hope that Labour would return to being a party with socialist principles, not a Tory clone.
Regards, Richard Litchfield
Dear Derbyshire Dales Secretary,
I like the other 245,000 members voted democratically for JC , and it is with growing frustration and anger that I see the PLP continuing its undermining of that democratic vote .I do not believe that those responsible for this behaviour are ignorant of the timing of their leadership challenge .
I suspect that some of them will be mentioned in the forth coming Chilcot report and this is a cynical distraction to cloud that reports findings.
There are malevolent background forces at work in the party to ensure that no matter which way the electorate votes there will be a right wing government in power come what may.
It is this fact that JC offers a true centre left alternative , that is gathering real support , that threatens this power. I refer to the Progress group here which is supported by Corporations and multimillionaires who have this agenda as their goal.
No matter which way one voted on the EU the continued excuses to undermine the memberships vote for JC continues
For example, JC and Labour did better than expected in the local elections ,but that was still set up as a test for JC and he passed it well. So now onto the next opportunity to get rid of him with yet another manufactured excuse to undermine the memberships choice.
Thus to stop this ongoing war I would ask that all possible action including up to and deselection of those MPs who are striving to undermine a democratic vote of the party membership , be taken , and that our CLP makes the case for such action and support .
I suspect that there are many of our members who feel the same,
Regards Rob Clarke