A Labour MP’s suggestion makes clear the depth of the party’s cash crisisby Jay Elwes / January 15, 2016 / Leave a comment
John Mann, the Labour MP for Bassetlaw, has resurrected the idea of a mansion tax. Like Ed Miliband before him, Mann wants those who live in expensive properties to pay a little more for the benefit of others. But what makes this Mansion Tax—or perhaps, “Mannsion tax”—different is that this one will apply only to Labour Party members.
Mann proposes that the membership fee to join the Labour Party should rise to £1,000 for anyone who owns a house worth in excess of £1m. It’s an extraordinarily provocative suggestion, one that gets right to the heart of a very uncomfortable divide that exists within the party between metropolitan London Labour (recently referred to by a Labour peer as the “croissant eaters”), and the Labour Party in the rest of the country. Many London MPs and senior party figures live in some embarrassingly wealthy areas. Mann’s suggestion is effectively a call for a tax on London Labour.