Save the Labour Party has just issued the following press release. STLP's webmaster is temporarily offline due to technical problems. So here it is:
London, 24 September – The Labour Party Annual Conference must give members a say in shaping policy if it wants to win the next General Election according to the pressure group Save the Labour Party (STLP).
STLP chair Peter Kenyon, who sits on the Party’s National Executive Committee, today wrote to General Secretary Ray Collins setting out how the Party will need to be radical to rebuild members’ morale and optimise use of the Party’s assets – both human and financial - to fund its General Election campaign. “A massive boost in small donations to reduce the need to borrow is needed”, Kenyon said, adding, “That will only happen if members and supporters think Labour is going to the electorate with a Manifesto reflecting Labour values, alongside the government’s success leading the country out of recession triggered by the near collapse of the banking system.”
A special meeting of the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee has been called tomorrow afternoon (Saturday) to discuss how to take forward Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s ideas about ‘Extending and renewing party democracy’ following a recent review, as well as its General Election funding strategy.