Passionate appeal for party unity

08 August 2016

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has made a passionate appeal for unity and called on the Labour Party to drop its planned appeal against today’s High Court decision in favour of five Labour Party members and their right to vote in the leadership contest between Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith. Mick said: ‘Today’s decision in the High Court was a victory for democracy, and a victory for common sense, and the Labour Party should accept that decision. We think it is morally wrong for the party to set member against member, and squander £200,000 plus of party members’ hard-earned money, on an appeal which it is doomed lose. What a waste of time, of effort, and of money! ‘It’s time for all of us in the Labour Party to come together and fight the Tories, rather than fighting each other, to win the next general election and then to build a better Britain. Because the Labour Party, since it was founded more than 100 years ago, has always been a broad church. Of course we have different views, on some things, but we have much, much more in common with each other. That’s why the party should drop the appeal, accept the judge’s decision, and let the democratic wishes of party members prevail.’

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