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Labour's Deputy Leadership - who should I vote for

The Labour Party have been kind enough to send me a ballot paper and booklet about their candidates for Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. That is because I am a member of the Musician's Union.

Who should I vote for?

The booklet with details of the candidates also details the candidate for Labour Leader. Apart from the fact that there are 308 MPs nominating 413 constituencies have also nominated him.

It all seems a bit of overkill to me.

Comments

Bob Piper said…
ohn Cruddas, of course. Glad to see you are funding our Party, that's very non-sectarian of you.
John Hemming said…
I wasn't aware I was funding Labour. Clearly I need to check the small print which I presume is in 1 point.
Jonny Wright said…
If you're going to be boring and responsible, you should probably not send off your ballot. A Lib Dem MP voting for the Labour deputy leader is a little odd, to say the least, and certainly a conflict of interest!

If you're going to have some fun with it, then vote for Hazel Blears. I'd love her to win! If any of your blog readers are on Facebook, they can join the Lib Dems for Hazel Blears group on there.
Bob Piper said…
John, to take part in the ballot you must have opted to pay the MU political levy, which is used to assist our Party... and we are very grateful. I would much rather take the money off Lib Dems, particularly if we don't have to give them peerages in return.
TimberWolf said…
Contract out of the political levy.
You should not be financing the Labour Party.
The Labour Party receives a lot of money in this way from non-socialists.
Tom said…
Doesn't matter who you vote for. Just keep sending us money.

We need it.
Matt Wardman said…
To me this is another example of the desperate need for reform of the Labour Party / Trade Union relationship.

This is one of the reasons why I am not in a Union. It is costing them members.

Time for it to become democratic:

http://www.mattwardman.com/blog/2007/03/16/reforming-trade-union-political-affiliation/

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