Stoke-on-Trent councillor Duncan Walker: why I left Labour and joined Left Unity

Duncan Walker writes…

duncan-walkerThe reason I left the Labour Party and joined Left Unity was simply because I no longer believe that Labour represents the working class anymore. This was certainly the case within Stoke On Trent City Council Labour Group where the workers and trade unions were viewed with contempt I felt and experienced.

There was no concept or understanding of where the Labour Party actually came from resulting in right wing careerists rising to power which is very worrying. However I must stress this was not all Labour members but sadly not enough.

Them openly attacking the workers and trade unions whilst waving in the gravy train of consultants at huge cost became too much to bear in the end with no realisation that the very people they gleefully attacked are the very same ones they will be asking for support shortly in the election.

Since I first joined the Labour Party in 1982 it has changed beyond all recognition and lurched alarmingly to the right in recent times with notable exceptions. Complete change is needed to reclaim it as the working class are deserting in droves to new socialist homes. That is an inescapable fact.

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