Draft Trickett for Labour leadership election!

May 27, 2015 at 5:43 pm (democracy, elections, labour party, left, posted by JD)

From Left Futures:

Jon Trickett must stand for Leader says Campaign for Labour Party Democracy

DEMOCRACYFollowing its executive meeting this weekend, leading centre-left Labour grassroots organisation, the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD), has today called on Jon Trickett MP to stand for the Labour leadership, and has urged party and trade union activists to join the call.

CLPD members have reported that there is widespread dismay amongst party activists at the uninspiring nature of the leadership election campaign, with candidates queuing up to apologise for the alleged overspending by the last Labour government, and still failing to challenge publicly the neoliberal narrative on austerity which is the primary reason why Labour was ultimately judged wanting in its handling of the economy.

Those on the Blairite wing of the party may well believe that narrative but, like Ed Miliband and Ed Balls, Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper might not. And yet, with no left candidate putting an anti-austerity case, there is no chance of them showing any more courage than their predecessors, nor of properly exposing the reasons Labour lost this election. They will do nothing more than espouse right-wing policies in order to chase right-wing votes. A left candidate is essential to changing the nature of this election.

The Labour Party desperately needs a candidate who:

  1. is working class – we are rightly concerned about the numbers of women and black people amongst our leaders, but we routinely underestimate the importance of leaders who are genuinely working class and not merely capable of pointing to “working class roots”;
  2. is an active trade unionist – not just a union member to get the union’s backing in their selection – who sees trade union rights and organisation as something a Labour government should positively encourage rather than something which can only be discussed in private;
  3. is against austerity and will commit from now on, whether they win or not, to present the case against austerity, whether it comes from a Tory government, a Labour government, or for that matter an SNP government.
  4. will commit to turning Labour into a movement again – not just a voter ID army but a real insurgency, the sort that can’t be run from the leader’s office in Westminster, that utilises the vitality of street protest, of trade union mobilisation, of the anger of tenants and disabled people whose lives are threatened with devastation by corporate greed and Tory cuts, that speaks with passion of a message it believes;
  5. will commit to ending the centralisation of power within the party – with no effective internal democracy, no serious challenge or questioning through a democratic structure, it is easy for the policy wonks, spin doctors and focus group facilitators to fall for their own propaganda.

There are two obstacles to having a candidate who fits the bill: the first is that too many MPs, including MPs on the Left, have already declared their support for other candidates. The second is the absurd requirement that only those who are nominated by 15% of the parliamentary party (currently 35 MPs) are permitted to stand – a barrier to standing which CLPD opposed from the start.

In 2010, when the threshold was only 12½ %, candidates had to be “lent” nominations in order to stand, which provided clear evidence that the threshold was already too high. But in the Collins report, an increase was proposed to 20%, later reduced to a still higher 15%.

Nevertheless, the party must have a real choice. Shadow cabinet member Jon Trickett, in CLPD’s estimation, is the one best placed to fit the bill. Join the campaign now. Help us urge Jon to stand, and then help him to win.


  1. Glesga Keeping Scotland Free From Loonies said,

    This post is living in the past. No MP is any longer working class if indeed they were previously. The New Scottish MP’s are now in the middle and upper class bracket and taking the piss and the money. They have a dose of the clap as seen today in the Commons. Kim Jung Eck was probably watching those who did not clap enough. An embarrassment for Scotland.

  2. Mike Killingworth said,

    There is so much wrong with this post I wouldn’t know where to start. Fortunately Glesga has done it for me: his/her thoughts on class politics are spot on. The politics of this century are about identity. Labour’s ethnic minority support, as some Cabinet Ministers realise, is fully ready for plucking by the Tories with a social-conservative programme in 2020.

    Perhaps socialists should let all these neo-conservative leadership aspirants slog it out for now – I expect the Party to lose a further hundred or so seats whichever of them leads it.

    • Glesga Keeping Scotland Free From Loonies said,

      Mike I am a him and was involved with the TU for over 3 decades.
      Too many lefties were involved in diversions like the Sinn Fein IRA and fascist Palestinians and forgot about their own working class. Always found lefties to be more of religious types rather than progressive. Some are Landlords now and have probably joined the local Jewish Masonic Lodge. (Joke).☺

    • Steven Johnston said,

      Come back Derek Hatton all is forgiven!

  3. Steven Johnston said,

    The only fly in the ointment here is that the conservatives won the election…without a leader that could be described as working class.
    So did the voters really desert the labour party because of this reason and punish them for this omission by voting for a ‘toff’?

  4. John R said,

    So, if Alan Johnson (postman) had been facing Tony Benn ( Viscount Stansgate) for leader, would CLPD support the “working class” candidate? Or would ex-miner, Roy Mason have been a better, more authentic “working class” type?

    There is (some) kind of point to be made here about the background of the present Labour candidates. But that’s not the main problem.

    It’s just the horrible, inevitable feeling that the Blairites may be right and the only way for Labour to get a hearing again is to accept their agenda. Or, even worse, the idea of a Red Ukip, anti immigration agenda.

    Btw, did CLPD vote using “jazz hands”?

    • Glesga Keeping Scotland Free From Loonies said,

      Perhaps you have to accept that Blair was right and read the situation in the Middle East correctly although he was advised by experts on British interests. And the British standard of living has increased and the petrol pumps are still flowing. We have never had it so good. The Loonie Tune Muslims are slaughtering each other over something that does not exit and without our troops on the ground. REJOICE.

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