Sending your email today, after yesterday's fiasco, shows me that Labour MPs, with 48 exceptions, are completely out of touch. I'm a new member. I will soon be an ex-member as clearly you have lost touch with your values. I take no pleasure in saying that. Yesterday was an opportunity to be signposts not weathervanes. You blew it, and - worse - people will suffer as a result. How do you sleep?
A good start would be to recognise our members outside the UK. Labour International has more than 1,000 members living overseas but the Party doesn't seem to want anything to do with us. Everything the Party does requires a UK postcode and so we are excluded from fund raising, campaigning and many more activities that are promoted online.
Last night was incredibly depressing watching so many Labour MPs abstain in the voting of the Welfare Bill, it may not have been the final bill but it sent out the message that Labour won't stand up for the most needy, although it does need cutting, some of the proposed cuts are quite brutal. Cutting working tax credits is wrong, cutting child benefit for more than 2 children is wrong, cutting housing benefit for the young when the minimum wage is for 25years plus is wrong. The Government got less than 30% of the vote, Labour needs to realise this and do what is right. By abstaining it may as well have been a yes vote as it means the same thing.
How dare any Labour mp not vote against bills put forward by the conservative party that will force even more people into poverty. Shame on every Labour mp that abstained from voting on the welfare reform bill. To abstain is the action of a coward.
None of the candidates for leader are convincing me they can unite the party.The abstaining on welfare cuts by Burnham and then saying as leader he would vote against does not convince me . Like most MP's blamed last leader and said knew we were going to lose!
Only 66.1% of the electorate voted leaving around 15 million votes up for grabs. Unlock a select few of them in key seats and you could get a canny victory like the Tories did in 2015. But unlock say 15% of them on mass and you'll be getting more votes than the Tories and get a decisive victory.
I live in a Tory Safe Seat, we've never had a Labour MP since the modern Parliamentary system was formed. It has been over 40 years since we had a Labour Councillor. It is my belief that the Labour Party should start supporting such CLP's by asking members from CLP's where they have councillors, MP's, etc, to mentor CLP's such as mine on their home ground and help co-ordinate campaigning, policy... etc, so we can start the hard work to winning the country back via the Local Elections in the run up to the General Election.
"There is no such thing as an innocent bystander". If you abstain from voting on malicious policies like the Welfare Bill that was proposed yesterday you become a part of the problem. There's a Tory Party for a reason, we don't need to play them at their own game.
We need to start promoting Europe as a positive force for solidarity, as a young person I am fearful that the UK will be isolated in the future. I believe people are increasingly eurosceptic as they simply do not know who runs the EU and are naturally fearful of people they do not know, this is why Labour need to attempt to lead democratic reform through elected commissioners and an elected president in the long term. This will bolster the UK's influence in the world and strengthen the case of an EU.