Earlier this week my branch met and among other business considered an Emergency Resolution on Zimbabwean refugees condemning the Home Office and calling for leave to remain while terror and starvation rule. Even ardent opponents of resolution bound policy making supported the call. For me it is a further example of the need for Party checks and balances to be restored. Resolutions are expressions of opinion from people who share a set of values, and ambitions. Centralised political control of the Labour Party has seriously eroded membership and activism, it's time for Labour members to rediscover their voices and tell the Leadership regularly what's a winner, and what's a loser - not just on blogs but through collective organisation. There is no reason why this has to be left to humanitarian and Church lobby groups. I'm proud of Labour Values. I think we should practice what we preach.
On the subject of Zimbabwean refugees there was a hint at PMQs by Harriet Harman that the issue was under review. Today's Independent reports movement in the Government's position. The critical issue is leave to remain AND work. What happened to your moral compass, Prime Minister?
UPDATE 1700 Archbishop calls for justice for Zimbabwean refugees.