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“Our party should be run by our members”: the activists trying to change Labour from within

At a meeting of the CLPD at party conference, Labour’s left is organised—and deservedly optimistic

By Stephanie Boland  

It’s 18:28—two minutes before the event begins—and I’m already playing the part of hapless MSM. I’ve arrived for a Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLDP) meeting at the Queen’s Hotel, Brighton, and I’ve not got my £3 entry fee. “We have to cover the room somehow,” a member tells me, before I dash off to a cash point. I return at 6:36. Luckily, the event is so popular that they haven’t started yet.


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