Former Labour leaders join the Greens

An ever increasing number of disenchanted former Labour supporters are finding the Green party stands for principles and policies they believe in. They make up a large proportion of the Party’s current membership. Most have been former ‘rank and file’ Labour members; few leading activists have yet felt able to abandon the Party they have long worked hard for. There are notable exceptions, such as Peter Tatchell and a trickle of former Labour Councillors.We are now beginning to see quite senior Labour people wake up to the fact that Tory Blair’s New labour is not coming back to them. The argument, so often given to me by Labour members in Bridgend, that they feel they can achieve more by remaining in Labour than moving to the Greens is beginning to unravel as we make gradual electoral advances and see Green party members taking leading roles in left wing coalition movements such as the Coalition of Resistance, Left Unity, The People’s Assembly. Green Left is also making steady progress within the Green Party, with Green Left punching well above its weight across the Party.It can only be matter of time before Labour members in South Wales realise the extent of the betrayal by New Labour and allow the courage of their convictions to finally trump their misguided loyalty. It is happening just across the border in Worcester right now:

“Former Labour leader of the Worcester City Council and Party chrman David Barlow has joined the Green Party as has former Worcester Labour Party candidate, Peter Nielsen.

Mr Barlow led the city council in 2000 and terminated his Labour membership in 2011 after 30 years of being a member of the party. Mr Barlow said: The Green Party offers exactly the kind of credible, progressive policies which I have always supported and from which the Labour Party has drifted away.

Peter Nielsen said: “The Green Party has the ethical and moral dimension that has been lost in our traditional political parties, in particular the Labour Party. The Green Party sees environmental sustainability and social justice as inseparable. It is now 40 years old, and has matured into an impressive and credible political organisation that I am happy to join and in which I feel completely at home.”

David Barlow was a member of Worcester City Council from 1985-2004. In addition to being leader of the council, he chaired several committees, including Environmental Health, Community Services, Policy & Resources and Licensing. He was also a County Councillor (Hereford & Worcestershire), 1993-’97, where he chaired Personnel. Throughout, he had been much involved in numerous outside bodies and in local government associations regionally and nationally.”

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