I’m a Labour Loyalist!

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Tom Watson for Deputy Leader!

This Labour Party leadership campaign cannot come to an end too soon for me! All this energy expended in a fight that has grown quite nasty. Not that I should be surprised at that. As I approach 50 years of Labour Party membership I have seen quite a lot of change take place. Some of it I have welcomed other bits have not filled me with enthusiasm.

I have always been a Labour Party loyalist. When my favourites have lost, when the policies I have been keen on have disappeared. Its the loyalty to the thrust of the Party that has still been the over riding issue.

I will not be supporting Jeremy Corbin, my vote has gone to Burnham for Leader, and my  Deputy vote has gone to my friend Tom Watson.

But if they lose –  I will still be there working hard for the Labour Party regardless of who it is leading. What I do hope for is that the name calling ceases soon. I do want to see another Labour Government before my lights go out forever! The last Labour Governments did much for people. I have been proud to say that I worked hard for the Party in the wilderness years of the 70’s and 80’s. Very tough years before the advent of New Labour.

Much that Blair & Brown did will be viewed in history as being good for working people.

Already the Tories are devastating the welfare arrangements Labour put in place. Disabilities and the weakest economically in our society are already feeling the pain of the Conservatives.  After we have finished fighting ourselves, I hope we tackle the Tories with the same gusto!

In the meantime Local Government services, the welfare arrangements, leisure and young people services are under huge threat’s from this Government. Roll on the end of our own navel gauging!


Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more


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