Whatever happened to the party of the working class?

Young Labour 2012

Young Labour conference 2012

The e-mails I keep getting from Labour are the gift that keeps giving. The latest one tells me two things.

  1. Young Labour or Labour are on a recruiting drive
  2. They are class snobs and are limiting admission to ‘professionals’ only.

This e-mail tells me just how far from their original roots Labour have come. Are they simply being patronising? Do they think that the working class do not have e-mails? Do they perhaps think that they only have two sets of constituents these days? Beneficiaries and highly educated Urban Professionals?

Socialism is meant to be inclusive not exclusive. According to this e-mail, if I am a young employed person I am not welcome to join this special club if I am just a lowly worker as opposed to a professional. It is clear that all Labour voters are equal but some are more equal than others. Hard working young people in non-professional jobs need not apply. Of course, this also excludes all of the beneficiaries on Labour’s e-mail list.

The e-mail goes against all that Young Labour claim to be. Equality, freedom and fairness is their motto. How equitable is a Labour club for professionals only? Aren’t they the working man’s party? Of course, it is possible that this e-mail has nothing to do with Young Labour and is just an ill-thought-out brain fart?

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Dear Juana,

Recently a group of young professionals got in touch with me. They’re keen to get together with some other like-minded 20 and 30-somethings, working in similar professions, for periodic post-work drinks.

I really like the idea of building a network of young professionals who support Labour’s principles – so I said I’d email our supporters and ask if they were interested.

Juana, are you aged 21 to 40, and would you be interested in attending such events?


These kind of events needn’t be limited to young professionals. If you’d be interested in organising or attending different events for other groups of Labour supporters, please click here and let us know.

We’ll be back in touch soon with further details.

Best wishes,

Andrew Kirton
Labour Party General Secretary

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