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Was it Peter Kyle MP’s ashen face or the ‘no show’ of Council Leader, Warren Morgan, that gave us the most pleasure at today’s Brighton & Hove District Labour Party AGM. Given Mr Morgan’s leaked email to a handful of his Blairite chums (accusing everyone who dared to stand against his clique of inept Tory-lite party apparatchiks as being members of Trotskyist groups) we weren’t surprised to find that he choose to spend his Saturday in more comfortable and agreeable surroundings with associates from private equity sponsored, ‘party within a party’, Progress. Stanley Deason would turn in his grave.
Not that Mr Morgan’s absence mattered much to the 800 plus members who showed up to the best attended Brighton & Hove Labour Party meeting ever! Even better, the atmosphere was distinctly cordial. Given the fact that the ultra Blairite clique , who have misrepresented working class voters in the City for a generation, look likely to be wiped out from every and any officerial position in the Party this was, to say the least, surprising: we didn’t hear anyone called a “Trot” nor, more topically, a “class traitor”. Quite right too. After all, there is room for fringe views such as neo liberalism even within the New New Labour Party.
Onwards and upwards then for the 6000 strong Brighton and Hove Labour Party, hopefully led by new officers who represent members and the City’s working classes as opposed to self serving careerists, neo liberal fanatics and Millbank Tower bureaucrats. Much remains to be done locally. First and foremost, to hold East Brighton Ward and thereafter to engage new members to campaign locally to win for Labour in our great city. We can hopefully, also start to hold our Labour councillors and Mr Kyle to account and ensure views and needs of members and working people in the City continue to be prioritised over the tired and expended fanatical ideology of Blairism.