Days ago UK Labour party members Karen Meanwell and Joanne Sinton sent an open letter to the party's General Secretary Iain McNicol.
Mr McNicol replied promptly and this is what he said:
Dear Karen and Joanne
Thank you for your ongoing support of the Labour Party.
I couldn’t agree more that as a party we must move forward as one. However I reject your claim that there are ‘parties within a party’.
Neither Progress, the Fabians, Momentum or Labour First or any other group like that are registered political parties, and we should celebrate the fact that as a party we encompass a broad range of opinions.
I also reject your claim that the NEC is not democratic.
It is our party’s governing body, and members are elected or appointed from different sections of the party to represent all our members and supporters.
Our policies are created through the National Policy Forum, which is an elected body within the party, and agreed at Party Conference – which represents all of us.
It is the core of our existence as a party that we come together to represent working people from across the country, representing different views, perspectives and issues.
If you look on the back of your membership cards, it says “by the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more than we achieve alone.”
That means we achieve more together rather than as one – and being welcoming to people with different opinions or points of views.
Let’s proceed in the spirit of tolerance, solidarity and respect for all members of the Labour Party.
With kind regards
Iain McNicol General Secretary
[The letter "Open letter to Iain McNicol Labour party NEC"]
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