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Pledge “vote4John”

"I will join the Labour Party and vote for John McDonnell in the leadership election of 2007 but only if 100,000 other people will do the same."

— Andrew Matthews, disenfranchised voter

Deadline to sign up by: 24th May 2007
38 people signed up, 99962 more were needed

Country: United Kingdom

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John McDonnell provides a left wing alternative to Gordon Brown in the forthcoming leadership election. He is, for example, pro- Civil Liberties and opposes Private Finance Initiatives. His website is

The Labour Party has announced that new members will be able to vote in the leader and deputy leader elections if they join before 1 June; see

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  • From his web site:

    Below are some of the policies that John will be campaigning for:

    # The withdrawal of British troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.
    # The end to privatisation of public services.
    # A Real Living Minimum Wage of at least £7 an hour.
    # A green energy policy based on renewable power sources.
    # An increase in the Basic State Pension from £84.25 to £114 a week.
    # Defence of comprehensive education and the abolition of student tuition fees.
    # The restoration of trade union rights and civil liberties.
    Simon Roe, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • This is the only way we can avoid giving the Labour Party a penny until they change their policies.
  • Does "restoration of civil liberties" include scrapping the proposed ID card and National Identity Register? 'Cos if it does, I'm in.
  • Tim: Yes; "scrap proposals for identity cards" -- from p.13 of, in the section on "civil liberties".
    Mark Wainwright, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • "This is the only way we can avoid giving the Labour Party a penny until they change their policies."

    As far as I can tell, you have to give them £12 to join.
    Simon Roe, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I meant to use the word "unless". What must be avoided is giving them money followed by them not changing their policies, for then you will have been tricked into supporting policies you completely disagree with.

    There are reversals of this kind throughout the "democratic" political system that enable it to convert overwhelming public rejection of a particular policy into government support for it.
  • Where the 'manifesto' says "scrap proposals for identity cards". does that also include the proposals for the National Identity Register?
    Adam McGreggor, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Oh well.
    Simon Roe, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
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Current signatories (Green text = they've done it)

Andrew Matthews, the Pledge Creator, joined by:

  • Simon Roe
  • Ayesha Garrett
  • Christine Berry
  • Max Morris
  • John Angliss
  • Tom Wiblin
  • J. M. S.
  • Mark Taylor
  • Norrette Moore
  • Julian Benson
  • Jo Rhymes
  • rob thorburn
  • Julian Todd
  • Lewis Spurgin
  • Mark Berry
  • Aldabra Stoddart
  • Tim Morley
  • Ross C.Johnstone
  • David Jones
  • Mark Round
  • Thomas Paternoster
  • Adam McGreggor
  • Ben O'Hara
  • Steve Ayland
  • Nathaniel Tapley
  • Scott van Looy
  • 12 people who did not want to give their names

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