Appeal to Labour MPs to Halt Infighting over Leadership Election

I have sent this letter to all Labour MPs to try and draw a halt to the personalised infighting that has gone on with talk in the media of splits and breakaways if Jeremy Corbyn gets elected.

Dear Colleague,

Like me I am sure that you will have been dismayed at some of the statements made by figures within the Labour movement that are allowing the media to give the impression to the general public of a party that is internally divided. 

You and I know that this is not the case. In many ways this is just a little bit of the over excitement that often accompanies elections. 

I share John Prescott’s view that everyone should just calm down and think seriously about the long-term future of the party and the people we seek to represent. 

To reassure everyone that whatever the outcome of the leadership election we have a process for uniting the party, I am writing to propose a process to be adopted immediately following the election result that would ensure the fullest inclusion of everyone within the party in determining the party’s strategy for the coming period, its policy programme and its decision making processes. 

In this way nobody would feel excluded and everybody would have a democratic say. 

This involves ensuring that the direction of the party rests firmly in the hands of our members. 

I propose that immediately following the leadership election the new leader announces that all the leadership candidates will be given the joint responsibility of organising a wide-ranging and detailed consultation on the party’s political strategy, policy programme and internal party decision-making processes. 

For this process of party membership engagement at local CLP and regional levels to take place over a three month period culminating in a recall annual conference to take the final decisions on strategy, policy programme and democratic reform. 

In this way the future direction of the party will be placed firmly in the hands of its members and so that the party can come together to oppose the Tories and the clear political strategy they are embarking upon which is so damaging to so many people in this country. 

More importantly we must unite in order to lay the firm foundations for winning the next election. 


John McDonnell MP

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  • commented 2015-09-15 19:11:36 +0100
    Please let’s all unite as one, the main aim is to make sure we oppose this Government with one voice. Otherwise they have the upper hand. We must not let that happen. Less pontificating, more doing please.

    My congratulations to Jeremy Corban and everyone in their new roll as opposition leaders.
  • commented 2015-09-15 15:51:26 +0100
    Congratulations on your new role.
    I agree. Jeremy won by a landslide – not on the 3rd count – and in all sectors of the party electorate. The parliamentary party must back him and concentrate their fire on the Tories.
    The pontificating by ex-ministers twice-rejected by the general public is disloyal and rather pathetic.
  • commented 2015-07-30 18:04:30 +0100
    Do any of you who support Corbin associate yourselves with the comments that the TWU have made today, saying that the party need to rid itself of the virus of the Blair years, do you agree with such language? do you believe that Corbin should divorce himself publicly from these remarks? do you disassociate yourselves from these remarks? John Mcdonnell asks for unity, what unity is this?
  • commented 2015-07-30 12:30:50 +0100
    We can set out our case for which ever candidate is our personal choice,and it is good to discuss the pro’s and con’s for each of them,but the question to me that really matters is, who out of the four candidates can be electable in the eyes of the voting public, we can surmise how things will turn out, but today as opposed to 40/50 years ago people think of what is in it for them, unfortunately,to change peoples perceptions will not be achieved in one election win for Labour and you need to have one slice of the cake at a time to be able to eat it all,and therefore we cannot expect to change things in one sudden reversal of all that has been done over the last 4/5 decades,so to elect Corbin now would be counter productive to anyone who believes in a left wing Leader,Corbinites and Tories are united what does this tell us.
  • commented 2015-07-30 10:41:07 +0100
    I absolutely agree with Mr McDonnell on this one. I believe that the reason for the popularity of Jeremy Corbyn as candidate for the Labour Leadership is because of the general public’s increasing disenchantment with this government. Provided that the Labour Party sticks to broadly left wing policies and at the same time appeals to all classes of society, then I believe it has a good chance of winning the next election. Also if we want an election sooner than 2020, we must be prepared to work with other parties on issues we can agree on – even with members on the Tory back-benchers, some of whom are indeed disturbed with the government’s approach on many political fronts. I also believe that the majority of the electorate has come to the conclusion that it is better to be out of the EU rather than in it. I think the percentage of those who want to exit will grow. The Labour Party cannot ignore that fact and must come to terms with the result of the referendum when it takes place. I know there has been bad blood between the SNP and Labour, but to achieve the keys to no.10 we will have to work with them on those issues we can agree on. Of course the referendum on independence will at some stage in the future again take place with probably the opposite result from last time. Once more Labour will have to adjust to the new situation. Not one, personally, that I relish.
  • commented 2015-07-27 10:25:55 +0100
    Im a £3 voter..One of the people who votes in general elections..From what I’v seen its the Right Wing MP’s who have caused this problem by acting like chilidish spoilt Tories. If those MP’s with Tory views leave because people democratically decide they want Jeremy Corbyn as leader then good riddance to them I say, since Labour is supposed to represent the working class who possess left wing morals and principles…Those who think Labour should have right wing and centrist values just to win elections do not speak for me, or other left wing voters, and they will not get my vote in a general election, as I refuse to drop my left wing values simply for Labour to win elections as then I may as well join Lib Dems or Tories…I want a Labour party that speaks for the ppl they have always claimed to speak for…The left wing working class.
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  • commented 2015-07-27 00:01:24 +0100
    We need the LP to respect the wishes of the members.
  • commented 2015-07-26 13:14:59 +0100
    At last some common sense,why oh why did we allow the £3 so called voters to decide Our leader,lets hope we get through this death of a thousand lashes and purgatory in one piece.
  • commented 2015-07-26 10:15:05 +0100
    A song as they become the Opposition party,not the My Friend Dave party, I don’t care how they do it or which of the My Friend Dave’s leave. The Country needs a good ,incisive OPPOSITION.
  • commented 2015-07-26 08:49:23 +0100
    As 2 of the candiates have said they cannot work with JC that will be interesting – seriously and sadly i think some not got over excited theyve got over-toried
  • commented 2015-07-26 02:05:00 +0100
    Will the inclusive process to be adopted immediately following the election include an collective decision making process in the formation of a shadow cabinet. A number of leading MP’s and at least two of the leadership candidates have already refused to serve with Jetemy Corbyn.
  • commented 2015-07-25 22:24:10 +0100
    I really like this idea. The membership and Conference take back the reins just as it used to be.