Dear Maureen Henry
You came a little unstuck on Twitter Monday after posting the message above.
It is not that we Jeremy Corbyn supporters are a cult, yes I said CULT, or that we mindlessly follow the Labour Party leader but rather that we have political loyalty seriously lacking in some sections of our party.
Just why you are campaigning on the doorstep ahead of elections is not clear. If you seriously want the Labour Party to win elections why would you post such a tweet?
They used to say loose lips sink ships and the same applies to elections.
From Tom Watson being ashamed of what he calls "MY party" rather than our party last week to the various councillors, MPs and old new Labour supporters who have opposed Corbyn from the day they realised he might just win a leadership election a great deal of work has been done to undermine him, in other words the party and its members.
People such as Tony Blair, Lord Mandelson and Alastair Campbell have used each and every opportunity to undermine us all.
They have the money and the ear of the mainstream media and have used it for their own ends.
What do they care if the Tories stay in power? In truth they are such wealthy establishment figures now they have little if anything in common with traditional Labour Party voters.
But Ms Henry with less than a month before a by-election and some local council elections what is your game? If you are truly campaigning and hoping for a Labour victory nationally or even locally why go public with such subjective negativity?
You may as well save yourself some shoe leather and time.
In one tweet you have destroyed the good work done by others. And you know it was wrong as the offending tweet was quickly deleted.
Ordinary party members have been suspended and or expelled from the party for less.
Sadly it is all too easy to imagine your response to negativity on the doorstep.
What you choose to privately message your friends or say in private conversations is up to you but social media and on the doorstep?
Will Ms Henry's social media activity result in action by the Labour party compliance unit and the party's general secretary Mr Iain McNicol?
If you want to contact Ms Henry https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/councillor/councillor-maureen-henry
Op-ed; Google The Labour Party Wednesday morning and expect a wave of negative news reports including many opinion pieces like this one.
But of course THEY get full prominence as so many are courtesy of the usual anti Corbyn suspects within the Labour Party and via the well-funded mainstream media.
With a by-election and local elections a few weeks away now is not really the time for a torrent of negative Labour Party news. We have political opposites who are perfectly able to damage the party's reputation without high-fliers linked to and part of the Labour Party leading the charge.
The latest furore centres around former London Mayor and Labour Party veteran Ken Livingstone and comments made last year during what looked to be a carefully crafted set up.
Labour MP John Mann was on hand last year with convenient camera crew to challenge Ken Livingstone over comments made and viewed as anti Semitic.
Tuesday following an NCC ruling on the affair Wes Streeting, Tom Watson, Michael Dugher, John Mann, David Miliband and a few others have opted once again to publicly attack a political party they claim to love.
Watching a Newsnight clip of Wes Streeting saying his piece on their offering Tuesday night I was struck by his well polished appearance and words. There was no passion just well rehearsed words.
Presumably these usual suspects had been rehearsing their next moves ahead of Tuesday's NCC ruling.
Big boy of the Labour Party Deputy Leader Tom Watson according to BBC News Wednesday is 'ashamed' Livingstone still in party. Of course many Labour Party members suspended from the party last year may have similar feelings toward people like Mr Watson.
Watson has also been busy on social media however as this blogger is one of many party members blocked by him online I can only quote, if I wanted to, via resources such as the BBC.
Failed former Labour leadership contender David Miliband has also been quoted as he apparently "grieves for state of Labour Party."
He does this from a distance as he turned tail and quit the U.K. moving over to the U.S.A. following his leadership defeat.
If he cares so much about the party one has to wonder why he did not stick around and actively work to help the party win elections.
Still he could not even help his brother Ed win the general election so why would he help Jeremy Corbyn who is a socialist?
The Labour Party elects ruling bodies and cannot cherry pick decisions it likes. A ruling has been made. That is it end of story.
As supporters of Ken Livingstone and those who would prefer him hung out to dry fill the Internet with news and views they guarantee election losses in May.
The anti Corbyn brigade will somehow make any losses all about him and his supporters but negative news from fat cats within the party will cause untold damage
The NCC has made a ruling and we either respect that decision or give up. The other alternative and one that looks increasingly the only way forward is the party splits.
But hey I am no one just a retired woman who has voted Labour all her life, only joined the party during Ed's time, talked up the party at each and every opportunity, consistently criticised the Tory Party and who wonders why new young things in the PLP feel it is fine to disrespect and bully veteran politicians within their own party.
Is it more to do with who donates the most to the party? Who has bought their way in? He who pays the piper calls the tune and all that.
Good luck to Afzal Khan the excellent Labour Party candidate standing in the Gorton by-election. Good luck to all the excellent Labour Party candidates standing in local elections around the country. We have our work cut out particularly with Article 50 in mind and political opportunism from the Tory party and the Liberal Democrats and now our candidates have public party division thrown in for good measure.
If we fail in the May elections there may be many reasons including KenGate. And if we fail we fail some of the most vulnerable and poorest people of our country.
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Op-ed: Two by-elections are upcoming. Both are the Labour Party's to lose and other political parties to win. Both by-elections are a result of resignations. Before Christmas 2016 Jamie Reed announced he was quitting for a plum job and on January 13, 2017, Tristram Hunt followed suit. Both elections will be held February 23. Both are in areas that voted by a majority for BRexit, Copeland and Stoke. In the case of Stoke new UKip leader Paul Nuttall is the UKip candidate. As Stoke was the top BRexit area of the UK he may feel he is in with a good chance. Labour have yet to select their candidate. Thursday Gillian Troughton was selected as Labour Party candidate for Copeland.
That is roughly the state of play Saturday.
First thoughts Saturday "come on Labour and get a candidate for Stoke selected." UKip are already campaigning hard in Stoke for Nuttall.
The Labour Party needs to hang on to both of these constituencies.
Rumour has it that Tristram Hunt was not popular with his CLP, Constituency Labour Party, and that they were looking to oust him. Was he a good MP or did he let Labour down locally? If he did how will that impact on the vote?
One big cause for concern is the time-frame of these elections. Campaigning will not be easy with two by-elections on the same day and in such a short time.
You may think "well it will be the same for other political parties" but as stated above it is Labour Party seats which could be lost and others have it all to gain.
It could be that the Tories will throw all they have at Copeland and UKip concentrate on Stoke.
UKip and the Conservative Party are after all both on the right-wing of politics and in some ways one and the same. UKip has one seat in the HoC and it is occupied by a Tory who jumped ship. They have more seats in the Welsh assembly with at least two occupied by Tories who also jumped ship.
The Labour Party endured a divisive year in 2016.
Jamie Reed and Tristram Hunt were hostile to party leader Jeremy Corbyn from the day he was elected in September 2015; in truth hostile from the moment his name appeared in the leadership race.
That will leave many questioning the timing of these by elections. Collusion springs to mind.
With mainstream media reports, from unnamed sources as usual, that more Labour MPS are set to quit if and when they can get plum jobs it could be another bumpy year.
2016 self-servatives in the Labour Party launched a coup. The coup failed but it damaged Labour's reputation and left deep divisions. In some cases decent Labour Party members were given kangaroo court treatment and purged from the party.
None of it was a good look for the electorate as it played out with the media lapping it all up greedily.
But make no mistake.
There is only one political party that will truly serve the people of Copeland and Stoke and that is the Labour Party.
If you value the NHS Labour must surely get your vote?
There are other issues but both UKip and the Conservative Party have their sights set on a privatised health service.
With narcissistic loud mouth Donald Trump in the White House and the UK leaving the EU we are living in very uncertain times.
If you need a reminder of how many Tory MPs stand to win big with NHS privatisation follow this link.
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