A Labour MP bemoans the state of the partyby Jamie Reed / May 6, 2016 / Leave a comment
Seemingly every day I am approached by political commentators and asked to comment upon the issues afflicting the Labour Party. I consider every request on its merits and decide whether or not—on balance—my contribution could help the cause of the Labour Party and, more importantly, the cause of those millions of people within our country who need a Labour government.
Never in my wildest nightmares did I ever consider that these causes could become separated. The best interests of the people for whom Labour exists to serve can only be represented by a Labour Party determined to do what is necessary in order to gain the power needed to change our country for the better. After all, where is the sense in a political party that exists to change society, if that party makes a conscious choice to make itself increasingly less popular within that society seemingly as a matter of “principle?”
I want the Labour Party to emerge triumphant from every electoral contest it enters. This means that I want the party to do whatever it has to do to win and this means being honest about what the party needs to do to be able to win. Without this honesty, there will not be—there cannot be—any recovery. Addressing the party’s weaknesses—this must be done in a public, candid manner in order to have any value. After the general election defeat of 2015—a self-inflicted defeat that Labour MPs saw coming and did nothing about—Jon Cruddas provided a compelling and so far uncontested analysis of the defeat when he told the party and the public that Labour “lost everywhere to everyone.” This remains a painful truth.