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"Labour left should build afresh outside the Labour Party" says ex-Labour MP
For immediate use 17 May 2007
Cllr Dave Nellist, Chair of the Campaign for a New Workers Party, today called for supporters of John McDonnell to leave Labour and build afresh outside the party, now that their attempt to challenge Gordon Brown for the leadership of Labour Party had failed.
Cllr Nellist said: "The coronation of Gordon Brown leaves a major question facing John McDonnell and his supporters. How can the millions of ex-Labour voters, disillusioned by the war with Iraq, the acceleration of privatisation and the growing gap between the rich and the rest now have a political voice?
Do the dwindling band of the Labour Left carry on like prisoners within the New Labour machine - occasionally smuggling notes out through the bars?
Or do they, like many of us have, come to the decision that we have to start again and build a new, independent party that can gain the trust and support of millions of people in this country?
Britain doesn't have a genuine debate any more on domestic or foreign policy, for millions of people it doesn't seem like we even have three separate parties in this country anymore. New Labour, the Tories and Liberal Democrats seem to act more like three wings of the same party, vying for a middle ground that is essentially defined by being pro-big business.
Already we have over 2500 sponsors, including 45 on trade union national executive committees, for a serious discussion on what to build outside of Labour.
We urge John and his supporters to draw the necessary political and organisational conclusions from this week - leave New Labour to the millionaires and join the socialists fighting for an independent political voice for the millions of working people."
For further information contact:
Pete McLaren on 07881 520626
Dave Nellist on 07970 294237