A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Mr Benn

Please no, Mr Benn senior, you've done enough damage to the Labour Party over the years not to need to make a comeback.

And wouldn't you need to go through a panel process and be asked questions like "will you obey the whip" before being allowed to run for Parliament again?

On the other hand I can see that the Campaign Group are running pretty low on youthful talent, so maybe they need some retreads.


Anonymous Andrea said...

"On the other hand I can see that the Campaign Group are running pretty low on youthful talent"

Excluding Katy Clark, I think Diane Abbott is one of the youngest Campaign Group MPs...

9:26 pm, October 04, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Katy Clark, who used to blub at Labour Club meetings when she lost the vote.

9:47 pm, October 04, 2007

Blogger Darren said...


are you seeking a seat yourself?

10:34 pm, October 04, 2007

Blogger Merseymike said...

I was never a Bennite but he has become very much a revered elder statesman these days.

10:37 pm, October 04, 2007

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...


yes but without any great optimism about finding one.

9:08 am, October 05, 2007

Blogger John said...

Disobeying the whip is not wrong; the key is to retain sufficient influence that you can actually do something to improve the welfare of your constituents.

11:56 am, October 05, 2007

Blogger Doctor Dunc said...

Oh Luke - you're such a spoil-sport! Apart from anything else, Tony would actually have a pretty good chance of winning the seat: a good result whatever your tradition in the party I'd have thought.

I hope he goes for it!

3:35 pm, October 05, 2007

Anonymous Michael said...

Yes, woe is the damage done to the labour party by acknowledging its class character and fighting for socialism... much worse than the Iraq war, PFI schemes that pour public funds into private profits, the selling of arms to dodgy dictatorships, the quashing of the SFO investigation in the name of the international arms trade, the utter failure to expand democracy one iota, the banning of protest near parliamnet, the silencing of the parties own conference, the riding of turbo charged right wing ideas with the odd harking back to "Oh remember we done that minimum below decency threshold wage for the poor benighted workers!", expanding heathrow, renewing our US dependent nuclear death roackets, attempting to foist GM foods on the public,ignoring popular sentiment for the not one bit altered EU constituition, the most restrtictive trade union laws in the western world, etc etc etc.

5:36 pm, October 05, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Party wants to do a whitewash and stop an investigation of widespread child sex abuse in, say, Hackney.

"Will you obey the whip"?

Luke would!

5:55 pm, October 05, 2007


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