Last month Labour suffered the worst general election defeat in a generation. While Labour did very well in Central London and achieved similar results in large cities, particularly in the Northwest and Yorkshire, it was a very different story in other parts of England and Wales. We suffered a very, very heavy defeat in Scotland.
So what happened? Why were the results so varied across the country? Why did Labour fail to win seats from the Tories? Why did we lose so many votes to UKIP and the Scottish National Party?
To answer these questions and more the Labour Party has established a taskforce to look into what went wrong and what lessons we can learn for the future.
The taskforce will be chaired by Margaret Beckett MP. Other members of the task force will represent members from across the Labour movement, including party members, MPs, BAME Labour, unsuccessful candidates, the trade unions and representatives from England, Scotland and Wales.
I am representing Labour councillors on the taskforce. We had a mixed result in the Council elections the coincided with the general election, winning Councils in the Northwest and Brighton but losing control of Councils in Derbyshire, Plymouth and Kent. The experience and reflections of Councillors from across the UK is extremely valuable and Councillors will play a key role in rebuilding the Labour Party and working to return a Labour government in 2020.
The taskforce will be asking the following kinds of questions:
- Why do you think Labour lost the election?
- What were the key issues in your local area?
- Which Labour campaign message and policies did you like/dislike?
- How well did Labour communicate our messages and policies?
- How effective and active were Labour’s local opponents?
- What do you think Labour needs to win the next general election?
We want to hear from Labour voters, party members, elected representatives and the general public – everyone really! You will be invited to participate in surveys and events, which will be organised on a regional basis. If you have any comments or questions please get in touch.
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