"I will pay £5 towards an open inquiry into why 200,000 Labour Party members have resigned, and 4 million voters switched allegiance since 1997 but only if 4,999 Labour supporters will do the same."
— Peter Kenyon, on behalf of the LabOUR Commission
Deadline to sign up by: 12th November 2005
120 people signed up, 4879 more were needed
Country: United Kingdom
An independent commission of Labour Party members chaired by Michael Meacher MP, a prominent backbencher and former government minister, has been meeting since the General Election in May to inquire into why Labour has lost so many
members since 1997, and more recently 4 million voters; and make recommendations.
As a first step a formidable academic team has agreed to undertake fresh research into Labour Party membership, and report on why Labour is finding it difficult to recruit and retain members when millions are willing, for example, to take to the streets in support of Make Poverty History campaigns and Stop the War.
Leading national polling organisations have submitted tenders to support this work. To do the job properly we need to raise £25,000 to pay for the first phase. This will focus on the aspirations of members past and present; both when they joined, during membership and if they are one of the 200,000 plus that have resigned since 1997, why they left and what Labour will have to change to encourage them to rejoin. We are also keen to find out more about the millions of politically active members of British society –
men, women, young and old - who are NOT members of the Labour Party, but, given their interest in the world we all live in, ought to being targetted to join the Labour Party.
Our aim is to publish the preliminary results on Monday 26 September - the eve of the Tony Blair’s speech to the Labour Party conference.
With your financial support we will be able to get a comprehensive, independently researched assessment of Labour’s chances of rebuilding active membership for a 4th term.
Peter Kenyon, the Pledge Creator, joined by: