Labour First statement following Leadership Election

Labour First did not support Jeremy Corbyn and our concerns about the impact of his political positions and even more, those of some of his supporters, on Labour’s electability are profound.

Of course we will work with him and the Shadow Cabinet to oppose the relentless Tory assault on workers’ rights and benefits.

However, one election does not change the position of the party any more than if one party wins the US Presidency the other party does not stop contesting the House, Senate and States.

Accordingly, we will continue to work to maximise the representation of moderate voices at every level in Labour’s structures. We will oppose policy changes where we think these take Labour away from the views held by ordinary voters. We will oppose any constitutional changes that are designed to give a partisan advantage to the Hard Left within the party. We will oppose any moves to deselect moderate MPs or councillors.


11 thoughts on “Labour First statement following Leadership Election

  1. Barbara Spiegelhalter

    Thank you, Labour First. Difficult times lie ahead for moderates within the party. Hard to be anything other than emotional today. I feel a certain amount of fear and anger. Have only expressed it here. Trying to be careful. Looking forward to Labour First meeting at Conference!

    1. Lynn Moore

      My thoughts exactly. It’s as if a black cloud has descended. As a councillor in a marginal ward, I know from door step conversations that none of my constituents will move even more to the left. Also looking forward to Conference and to meeting with other party faithful who share my concerns.

    2. Bethany Hunt

      You’re sounding paranoid, luv. Why don’t you actually try talking to people with a different opinion to yourself? Argue your case, and allow others to argue theirs. They won’t bite! You haven’t listened to a word Jeremy has said – he wants to work with everyone in the Party, and values difference of opinion. Diversity is the only healthy state for a group. You need to have someone argue against you every once in a while, both to refine your own ideas, and to keep you honest. Sounds like you all aren’t interested in that AT ALL.

  2. Darren Newman

    I was at the conference today and was worried by JC’s speech. I didn’t hear him say anything to those who disagree with him on policies about how he will reach out. Nothing about Labour being a broad church and how all views in the party need to be respected. It was his first live televised speech as Leader and he didn’t say anything to the people who didn’t vote Labour at the last election. He was still behaving as though he was leading a faction rather than the second biggest party in the country.

    And his sentences are far too long…

    Still, let’s see what happens.

  3. fran

    I dont get u lot i really dont. USA style talk! Moderates? U still are blinkered. #hardleft? All your worried about is your own positions. Getting tedious now! Do you have any idea how bitter you sound? Probably not.

  4. Dave C

    I’m probably quite a long way to the left of most of you here, but it became blindingly obvious to me on May 8 that the only way to win power back is for a massive alliance across the whole anti-Tory spectrum in England. (Forget Scotland, certainly not worth factoring in for 2020.)

    I didn’t vote for Corbyn and I’m still yet to be persuaded, but I do believe that if we on the ground can concentrate on issues that affect local people, we can succeed.

    While we spent the whole summer navel gazing about Where Labour Went Wrong (Too left wing? Too right wing? Who knows?), we forgot the fact that the vast majority didn’t vote for the Tories, and for swing voters who did, it was not economic (in)competence, but fear of a country run by Labour-SNP coalition that delivered them. I reckon the Tories are not trusted on the economy at least as much as Labour.

    Anyway, I’m sure some of you will disagree with me but I’m here to build on what unites us, which is far more than what divides us. And I’m sure there are thousands on the ground like me. So I look forward to sharing ideas for how to build our parties at local level.

  5. Andy

    I am very concerned that we have become un-electable for the foreseeable future. Corbyn appears to have growing support among younger voters, and it’s certainly a good thing to see, However, this is not going to be sufficient. Corbyn supports may speak of more new members than the total membership of the Tory party, but we all know that the majority of the ‘Nasty party’ supporters prefer to keep these allegiances hidden.

    I only hope that the ‘Corbyn experiment’ is short lived and the ‘politics of protest’ give way and a real desire to lead the country returns.

  6. Bethany Hunt

    “We will oppose policy changes where we think these take Labour away from the views held by ordinary voters.” If this doesn’t sum up everything that lost Labour the election this year! You’re so worried about being “electable” aka your own job security/career progression, that you’ve completely lost any vision or political identity. People saw little difference between Labour and the Tories last election, and Miliband didn’t come across as confident or inspiring, so they opted for the other. You have no idea what a passionate, honest, compassionate person can do to inspire people to work together and care about each other: this is what Jeremy is doing, and because you’re outside “the circle of influence”, as you see it, and choose to see any difference of opinion as enmity, you’re sulking and scheming to undermine him. Listen: Jeremy is keen to work with EVERYONE. If you have ideas about policy, TALK to him about them. But maybe you don’t have any….

  7. damonhoppe

    I notice the abuse of the terms Left and Right to the point they have become meaningless. If you disagree with something you call it left or extremist regardless of whether it is a Conservative, Liberal or Social democratic idea and likewise you call it moderate if it is your own view. To be influenced by Adam Smith, Wilberforce, Burke, Disraeli and Pitt does not make one hard left only a generation ago they were considered founding thinkers of Conservatism. Pitt’s India Act, which effectively spelled the end for the East India Company, would be considered the most diabolical form of Socialism today. Yet it is this willingness to tackle the destructive force of corporate greed, moral turpitude and corruption that is so dearly needed in politics today and should not be seen as something that makes you hard left. We should be horrified that ordinary working people are having to pay the price of a banking crisis caused by government refusal to regulate corporations in the financial sector.


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