‘Blairism, not leftism, drives away British Labour voters’

This video from London, England says about itself:

Jeremy Corbyn MP – The Price Of War

Jeremy Corbyn – Speaking at Stop Bombing Iraq. Don’t Attack Syria National Demonstration – 04.10.14. London

Jeremy Bernard Corbyn is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Islington North since 1983. He was fiercely opposed to the Iraq War and has spoken at many anti-war rallies in Britain and overseas. He is an elected member of the Stop the War Coalition steering committee.

By Luke James in Britain:

We Could Have Won with Jez, say Labour MPs who fell victim to austerity-lite policies

Saturday 25th July 2015

SENIOR Labour figures who lost their seats at the general election are supporting Jeremy Corbyn as the only candidate who can win back disillusioned working-class voters.

Former MPs Ian Davidson, Chris Williamson and Michael Connarty were among 25 defeated Labour candidates who said yesterday that they could have won in 2015 with Mr Corbyn as leader.

They spoke out as a huge poll of party supporters showed the left candidate is seven times more popular than his rivals.

In an open letter, the candidates counter claims by Tony Blair and his heir Liz Kendall that Labour must turn right in response to the May 7 defeat.

They argue that that, far from being too left wing, Labour lost votes and let in the Tories because the party “failed to challenge the fundamental economic consensus on austerity.”

The letter says: “Now our communities face the prospect of five years of the Tories dismantling the welfare state and condemning hundreds of thousands of children into poverty.”

To win back the five million votes lost between 1997 and 2010, they believe Labour must break out of the Westminster bubble and return to its historic role as a social movement.

And the letter’s authors conclude: “We believe that Jeremy Corbyn is the only candidate offering this vision.

“The only candidate with the principles, and policies, who can win back the millions of voters Labour lost between 1997 and 2010 and the only candidate which offers hope for the millions of people suffering at the hands of this pernicious Tory government.

“This is why we are backing Jeremy Corbyn to be the next leader of the Labour Party.”

Their call was echoed yesterday by shadow cabinet minister Jon Trickett, who, in an article for the New Statesman, called for Labour’s next leader to end a “command and control relationship” with the party’s grassroots.

Mr Corbyn’s status as the Labour leadership frontrunner was cemented yesterday by a poll for the LabourList website.

A survey of 5,438 people found that the leftwinger was the first preference of a stunning 72 per cent of respondents.

Ms Kendall came second in the poll — but was over 60 points behind Mr Corbyn on 9.5 per cent.

Yvette Cooper was close behind her, with 9.2 per cent, while Andy Burnham performed the worst, with 6.6 per cent.

The low level of support for Mr Burnham comes as a surprise, given that a previous LabourList poll found he was the most popular minister in the shadow cabinet and he remains the bookies’ favourite.

Although the latest findings come from an unweighted email survey, they have appeared just days after a YouGov poll for the Times put Mr Corbyn 17 points ahead of his nearest rival.

Responding to the latest survey, a spokesman for Mr Corbyn’s campaign said: “It’s great that so many people have voted for Jeremy in this poll, and momentum is clearly with his campaign, but we now have to convert the enthusiasm into more activity and votes.

“We’d urge everyone who’s voted for Jeremy in this poll to sign up as a volunteer on his website and redouble their efforts.”

After an outburst by Mr Blair helped them smash a £45,000 fundraising target on Thursday, Mr Corbyn’s team have set an ambitious new £100,000 goal.

With 50 days of the campaign to go, they are aiming to raise £1,000 a day. And they were on track last night, after banking over £5,000 in a single day.

A RIFT on the right of the Labour Party emerged yesterday, when a factional group published an open letter suggesting the dogmatic approach taken by Blairite lobby group Progress could see Jeremy Corbyn seize the leadership: here.

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  19. Wednesday 20th January 2016

    posted by Luke James in Britain

    CLAIMS that Labour lost the general election because it was seen as “too left-wing” were comprehensively debunked yesterday by the party’s official autopsy.

    Veteran MP Margaret Beckett, who penned the long awaited “Learning the Lessons From Defeat” report, found that “some of our most left-wing policies were the most popular.”

    The mansion tax, capping energy prices and public ownership of the railways are “the kind of policies the public expected from Labour,” she wrote.

    Her explanation for the unexpected defeat was a failure to rebut the Tory “myth” that the last Labour government caused the financial crash by spending too much — the central criticism of Labour under Ed Miliband by the left.

    The conclusions of the former interim Labour leader will come as a blow to critics of current leader Jeremy Corbyn, who wants Labour to offer a clearer alternative to the Tories.

    Ms Beckett said: “The road to re-election is a marathon, not a sprint.

    “If we learn the lessons of defeat in 2015, we can take the steps needed to rebuild a society in which the common good, and greater prosperity for all go hand in hand, and elect a Labour government.”

    Labour stopped the slide in traditional working-class voters last May, although support remains well behind levels prior to Tony Blair’s election as PM in 1997.

    And Ms Beckett singles out trade unions for praise in their contribution to the campaign, saying: “The benefits of working closely with trade union colleagues in key constituencies were identified.

    “Efforts should be made to ensure that this is the norm in future campaigns.”



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