Alan Mason writes:
I expect that many of the new Labour Party members have now attended local Constituency Labour Party meetings and some have been very disappointed by the sometimes bewildered response from the local teams.
The suspension of meetings, the ridiculous charade of some members of the revolting Parliamentary Labour Party MPs and the ludicrous Leadership election has created a climate of mistrust and distrust which has been promoted by the same revolting members of the PLP.
This in effect means that although most branches and CLPs have increased membership in excess of 100%, there has been no provision made by the NEC to assist in setting up mechanisms to retain and develop this new phenomenon. Some of the old guard are probably hoping that the membership numbers will diminish.
This must not be allowed to happen.
The Labour Party, through the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn has recruited a membership that is now the largest of any political party in Europe. Resources must be made made available to CLPs to offer training education and all of the other tools required to encourage the new influx to be more involved!
This should be treated as a matter of the utmost urgency if the party wants to win local and national elections.
Most of the new membership will neither be fully conversant with machinations of the Labour Party nor local and national government. In fact, most people have no idea who their local Councillors are.
Get your fingers out of the "Anyone But Corbyn" long running Brian Rix styled farce and show some gratitude and responsibility to the members for their declaration of loyalty to socialism and to the Labour Party by providing guidance and resources to both the Regional and the local teams.
The local CLPs are currently not equipped to provide the essential services required to manage such a large resource as the new membership.
Regional officers of Labour must become more involved.
The party has the money now, so it must stop wasting it in the courts and show some leadership by taking on extra, fully qualified staff who are able to modernise the party from the bottom up.
We've all seen very clearly the excesses at the top end of the organisation with its arrogant millionaires and turncoat peers; and it appears to be very self indulgent to the new members who have been left out in the cold in many cases.