The outcome of Brexit is one of political uncertainty. Not just for the Conservative Party, but the knives are out in the Labour Party. Right on cue, Jeremy Corbyn’s enemies know now is the time to try and oust him.
I didn’t vote for Jeremy Corbyn, but know he was given a massive mandate by the Labour Party when he was elected only nine months ago. I respect their decision.
I still miss Ed Miliband, but I cannot live in the past. The Labour Party is currently on a bit of a journey under Jeremy Corbyn, and I support what he’s trying to do. Many of the problems facing the party were not of Corbyn’s making, and we only lost a General Election a year ago. Miracles do not happen overnight, and the last thing we need is to be leaderless while the Tories are planning Brexit on their terms.
That said I recognise in some areas Jeremy has been lackluster, but it wasn’t the EU referendum where my concerns lie. After all, two thirds of Labour supporters did support an ‘In’ vote, – considerably more than the number of Tories, and equal to the percentage of Lib Dems. I don’t see calls for Tim Farron to go if that’s considered disastrous.
No, my biggest frustration I’m afraid to say is with some of the Corbynistas.
The party members who get upset when Jeremy’s position is threatened, who shout how awful the rest of the party treat the leader on social media, but when we want them to be out on the doorsteps spreading the word of Jeremy Corbyn are nowhere to be seen. Their ‘Momentum’ hasn’t translated into results.
The membership within the Labour Party has significantly increased under our latest leader, but the number of activists who turn up to meetings or campaigning sessions has not. With that in mind, I can understand the Parliamentary Labour Party’s frustration.
When it comes to the EU Referendum, yes Corbyn fans are right to complain that the media were more interested in Tory divisions than the positive messages we were putting out. However, this only makes it more vital that we won the ground war. We couldn’t rely on the BBC to promote our message; we certainly couldn’t expect The Sun or Daily Mail to do so.
I spent four months out most weekends campaigning around Norfolk talking to undecided voters about the EU Referendum. The people who joined me were not the hundreds of people who had joined the party in the past 12 months, they were loyal Labour Party members who had campaigned under Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, and Ed Miliband. The ones urging the country to vote Labour in 2015 when the Corbynistas were voting Green, Lib Dem, or not at all.
Now don’t get me wrong. I love the Corbynistas’ enthusiasm. I know there will be some across the country who have joined and got involved locally. But simply joining up purely to vote in leadership elections, and continuing to complain on social media when Jeremy’s authority is threatened, simply isn’t enough.
Delivering leaflets, door knocking, and turning up to street stalls is how we’re going to get the message out. It shouldn’t be left to those loyal Labour Party members to do it, while the others are more interested in bickering on Facebook and Twitter about the PLP.
It’s time for the hundreds of thousands of members to take things to the next level. With the suggestion of a General Election coming later this year, the party stands no chance if the majority of its new members are not interested in doing more.