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WORKERS REJECT LABOUR ONCE AGAIN: NEW LEFT PARTY URGENTLY NEEDED
For immediate use 27 June 2008
The Henley by-election result last night clearly shows that New Labour under its New Leader has clearly lost what little support it still had. To finish 5th, behind the Lib Dems, Green Party and, most worryingly, the BNP was bad enough. Even worse, Labour lost its deposit, gaining just 1,066 votes, a mere 3.07% of the total vote. This is nearly 12% down on Labour’s performance in Henley in the 2005 General Election.
Workers have deserted the Labour Party in droves. Last night, many abstained. Turn out was down from 68% at the General Election to 50% in yesterday’s by-election. Other voters turned to the Tories, or, in desperation, to the racist BNP. Much the same happened in the recent Council and London elections. This is why it is so crucial that the political and trade union left comes together to provide a political voice for the working class.
“Most workers do not want a return to the Tories and their anti-working class politics,” Campaign for a New Workers Party (CNWP) spokesperson Pete McLaren said today, “neither do they see the Lib Dems as a long term answer,” he continued. “What ordinary working people want is a party for the millions, not the millionaires – a workers’ party which will take up workers struggles, oppose cuts and privatisation, fight racism and weed out all corruption. We have been building this new left party for the last two years, and our annual conference this Sunday should lay the basis for that essential political alternative to be moved further forwards. The Conference includes a discussion on How Workers can fight for a political voice, to be addressed by leading trade union members and left activists”
The CNWP Conference takes place on Sunday June 29th at South Camden Community School, Charrington St, London NW1 11am – 5pm
Pete McLaren CNWP Press Officer
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Pete McLaren on 07881 520626
Dave Nellist on 07970 294237