Model Letter to Labour MPs:
Please nominate Jeremy Corbyn to give us the debate we need Dear ___________
I am writing to you regarding Jeremy Corbyn’s decision to seek nomination for the Labour Party leadership. Jeremy’s announcement has undoubtedly electrified the leadership race. In the first 24 hours of his campaign, he managed to secure the nominations of ten MPs, 2,800 people signed an online petition asking Labour MPs to nominate him and an incredible 10,000 people ‘liked’ the Facebook group ‘Jeremy Corbyn for Labour Leader’, more than all the other candidates put together. This is a clear indication that there is a thirst for a real debate amongst grassroots Labour Party members. It is now in Labour MP’s hands whether that debate takes place, or whether we have a leadership election where large swathes of our membership feels unrepresented and ignored.
As has been witnessed already, an election where the candidates broadly agree on the main issues only increases the public’s cynicism for the political process. It casts the Labour Party in a bad light after the shock of the general election not to be seriously discussing the issues raised by that defeat. For that honest, serious debate to happen, it is vital that Labour Party members, supporters and affiliates are able to pick from a broad range of candidates representing the full range of opinion within our party. Jeremy will stand on a platform against austerity and in favour of a democratic economy which provides housing and services for all, while arguing for a fair immigration system and in favour of nuclear disarmament and humanitarian foreign policy. On those issues, Jeremy speaks for a substantial section of the grassroots of the party. If Jeremy is unable to overcome the substantial barrier to entry and make it on to the ballot, then we will not get that choice and the quality of the debate will suffer as a result.
It is in all of our interests to have an open and extensive leadership debate, one which is about the future of our party and how we move forward, stronger together towards the next General Election in 2020. Whether Jeremy is your preferred candidate or not, there is an overwhelming case for including a voice like his in this leadership contest. At this stage, it is not necessarily about who you are voting for - and we saw in the 2010 race how many MPs ‘lent’ their nominations to candidates in order to ensure a proper debate. That can be explained to both the candidate you intended to nominate and the wider electorate. In doing so, you will be putting the future of the party at the top of your list of priorities.
If you agree with me that a serious debate is needed and are able to offer your support to Jeremy’s campaign, I would very much appreciate it if you could let me know and cc in email@example.com
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Christine Shawcroft Suspended
This decision should be challenged at all levels throughout the Party as a matter of urgency. Christine Shawcroft seems to have been suspended from membership simply for criticising the electoral court’s judgment in the Lutfur Rahman case, which is itself subject to a judicial review. Other members have also criticised this verdict and have not been penalised. It is a travesty of justice that this should happen and may well be in breach of the Party’s rules. Resolutions condemning this decision should be sent to the NEC.
Christine herself has written:
“I have just received notice of my suspension from the Labour Party - this means I can go to my branch meeting but not stand for any office, including the NEC, of course. This is because the election court commissioner ruled that I had supported Lutfur Rahman against Labour Party candidates. This is not true, my support for Lutfur is based on overturning the various miscarriages of justice he has suffered from. At no time have I publicly campaigned for him against Labour candidates.”
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Tuesday May 12th from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Mander Hall,
Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD [continue...]
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By Michael Roberts
Taken from his blog: https://thenextrecession.wordpress.com/ [continue...]
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