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From The Socialist newspaper, 2 September 2015

Rejected by Labour bureaucrats

When Mansfield resident Roy Bainton sent 3 and applied to register as a Labour supporter, a Labour Party official turned him down. The official explained why prospective party members could be rejected.

"Not being on the electoral register, or having stood for another political party at the last general election, local elections or European elections. People who nominated candidates for other parties at previous elections, and those who are known campaigners for, or members of, other parties."

Roy says: "I belong in none of these categories. Having been a Labour voter and union member since 1961, I voted Labour in every local and national election for 54 years.

"I was briefly a Labour Party member in the 1980s. I left after Kinnock refused to attend a miners' picket line, and would have in any case when they ditched Clause 4. In last May's local council and mayoral elections in Mansfield, I worked hard for Labour's unsuccessful mayoral candidate, Martin Lee. I wrote speeches, designed leaflets and actively campaigned for Labour on the street.

"I'm an unrepentant, left-wing Socialist, but I always saw Labour, even under Blair, as a valid buffer against the increasing draconian nastiness of the 'New' Tories. I'm 72 and still working. Will I ever vote Labour again? I doubt it.

"Will this election end up as a fiasco? I suspect so. The current Labour Party is a very dark, sinister and corporate right-wing shambles. Hardie, Bevan and Attlee must be turning in their graves. Now, can I have my 3 back? Oh, sorry - I forgot - that doesn't happen under capitalism, does it."

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Youth Fight Austerity

Students attacked from all sides


Socialist history

Zimmerwald Conference 1915: lessons for the socialist movement


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Join the NSSN lobby of TUC Congress

Rail and PCS strikers rally together

London tube workers force bosses to move

Royal Mail union rep sacked - reinstate John now!

'Pay the rate' construction protests continue on Teesside

Bioscientists' strike forces management's climbdown

Indesit strikers determined to press on for acceptable deal

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