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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Political pundits, experts, analysts and politicians have been chewing over Thursday's Sleaford by-election result but for what it is worth this is what this voter thinks.
Sleaford is safe Tory ground; why escapes me.
There is little doubt BRexit is the current election tool. It is being used to get your vote. Immigration fears are also high on the right-wing election agenda.
Tapping into people's fears led to the election of Donald J Trump across the Pond.
Conservative Press Office trolled Labour MPS and more on Twitter Thursday pushing out their message that Labour MPs will not respect the referendum result claiming Labour are out of touch with ordinary people.
It was a shameful misuse of social media.
It used false allegations. But we are talking about unelected Theresa May's Nasty Tory Party.
Little wonder then that voters in Sleaford voted thus;
"Sleaford & North Hykeham result: Dr Caroline Johnson (Conservative) 17,570 (53.51%, -2.68%)
Victoria Ayling (UKIP) 4,426 (13.48%, -2.21%)
Ross Pepper (Liberal Democrat) 3,606 (10.98%, +5.33%)
Jim Clarke (Labour) 3,363 (10.24%, -7.02%)
Marianne Overton (Lincs Ind) 2,892 (8.81%, +3.59%)
Sarah Stock (Ind) 462 (1.41%)
The Iconic Arty-Pole (Loony) 200 (0.61%)
Paul Coyne (ND) 186 (0.57%)
Mark Suffield (ND) 74 (0.23%)
David Bishop (BP Elvis) 55 (0.17%)
Electorate 88,712; Turnout 32,834 (37.01%, -33.23%)
But although the Conservative candidate won their share of the vote was down; so was Labour's and UKip's. Look at the low turn out too.
Floating voters have short memories and so the real winner in some ways is the Liberal Democrat candidate. That flies in the face of BRexit as the Lib Dems are promising a second money spinning referendum. It also means the party's Tory years cuddling up in a coalition government have been forgiven or forgotten. But then it is a safe Tory seat. That could explain a shift from Tory to Lib Dem though there is no doubt some Labour voter's swapped sides.
The Tories winning candidate is an NHS doctor; again a mixed bag.
The Labour candidate was "Refuse driver and former postman Jim Clarke [who] was selected as Labour Party candidate at a meeting on Wednesday, November 9." This is what he told the Lincolnshire reporter on November 10;
This is my home and it will be a great honour to represent Sleaford and North Hykeham.
An ordinary working man and a good candidate.
So why did he fail to win enough votes?
The Labour Party has spent more than a year in-fighting and grabbing headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Selfish elements within the party would rather wreck Jeremy Corbyn's chances of ever forming a government than support the party leader and remove the Tories from power.
Public resignations by MPs, with resignation letters pinned to Twitter timelines look bad; a very public purge of members and other devious methods to remove Corbyn supporters is not a good look either; neither is convenient leaks to the mainstream media and shambolic politics; if Labour MPs do not support the party in its current form why the hell would voters?
The Tory party is probably in a worse place right now but you will not see any evidence of that unless you are part of the inner workings of that party.
They have always held their cards close to the chest and carried out dirty business behind closed doors.
What next for the Labour Party? You tell me.
Jim Clarke is an ordinary working guy who was never going to win Sleaford but he should have polled better. The fact he did not is not down to him.
Opinion: The Labour Party had a massive injection of cash over the Summer.
People signed up as party members, some were then blocked, others suspended preventing them voting in the party's leadership election, later to be reinstated but with alleged offences remaining on file.
What did Labour care as they laughed all the way to the bank?
Well some in the Labour Party cared but it was not enough.
Monday it was reported "Labour will kick plans to give thousands of new members more power in party structures into the long grass, amid concerns that the party needs to focus on the possibility of an imminent general election."
Now why are my alarm bells ringing?
As that report in the Guardian says the party now has the money to hire the necessary PR group thanks to we the members.
"The party’s executive committee has decided to put plans for a so-called “democracy day” on hold in order to focus on election strategy. The move means that any concessions to MPs, such as shadow cabinet elections, which were demanded during the party’s annual conference in Liverpool, have also been shelved. Sources close to Jeremy Corbyn said plans to give Labour’s 500,000 members more representatives on the party’s national executive committee (NEC) would be stalled, despite the launch this week of a national campaign by Momentum urging the change."
Ah those sources, always unnamed, that the right-wing media like to cite.
It has taken nerves of steel and true grit to stay a Labour Party member in 2016.
Long standing members may be used to divisive fun and games but the rest of us are not.
But sadly the writing is on the wall again.
Fact - Tory Chancellor Philip Hammond will announce his autumn statement Wednesday.
Fact - We need to be fighting the Tories and not each other.
Fact - Plots within the Labour Party are damaging and could guarantee a Tory victory at the Polls.
Why is Blair coming back to politics?
With his flair for showmanship Tony Blair has released teasers on twitter saying he will be making an announcement in the New Year. News of a possible return will please some people but anger many more.
July 2015 "Tony Blair says he wouldn’t want a left-wing Labour party to win an election."
Well obviously. Blair and his pals Alastair Campbell and Peter Mandelson to name just two are as much a part of the establishment as David Cameron and George Osborne.
For now it is watch, wait and see.
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