Travelling back from Save the Labour Party's national committee in Manchester, I am just catching up with the Sunday papers or at least the headlines online. We have worked out a contingency plan in the event of an early General Election. Our AGM is set for 3 November - again in Manchester (we alternate between London and the north to try and enable members in all parts of the country to take part in live debates.) The Leader in today's Observer newspaper sums up my thoughts This is not the time for an election, Mr Brown.
Reviewing the outcomes of the 2007 Annual Conference , STLP committee members are opposed to a snap election. Soundings suggest membership has stalled and is in danger of falling again in the light of Gordon Brown's Extending and renewing party democracy plans agreed in Bournemouth last weekend. These are understood by most active members as a gagging device.
But we in Save the Labour Party are ever willing to engage in positive debate. So we intend to share ideas about how the vast majority of members, whom we believe support party democracy and renewal, can get out of their sectarian silos and work together more effectively. Hopefully this vital work will not be interrupted by an opportunistic and entirely unnecessary General Election.