Mass membership here again?
Things seem to be getting exciting in the Labour Party's affiliated Black Socialist Society. So exciting that the competing factions in the BSS are by themselves reversing the 10 year trend of declining Labour Party membership.
The Party rules say that the BSS gets its own member of Labour's NEC if it gets big enough:
"The NEC shall comprise:
... one member elected by the Labour Party Black Socialist Society at its conference as laid down in the rules of the socialist society. This member to be elected once the individual membership of the socialist society has reached 2,500 and at least one third of eligible trade unions have also affiliated to the socialist society."
According to the 1990 trust website - http://www.blink.org.uk/ - "Black Socialist Society (BSS) elections are believed to be causing party workers headaches after Labour were sent sack-loads of membership forms with dubious signatures. Three thousand five hundred membership forms were returned in just two weeks." The site alleges former minister Keith Vaz has ambitions to be the BSS rep on the NEC.