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Labour Pulls Campaign Funds From "lazy Mp's"

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Last death throes from Labour, in other words, watch where Labour pulls its fund and you'll tell where they are going to lose badly. Those mp's are going to be pis"ed off with HQ.


Labour MPs are told: be up for the election fight or lose funding

Labour is withholding campaign money from lazy MPs and candidates in marginal seats who are not showing an appetite to fight the election, The Times can reveal.

For the first time Labour election officials are demanding that those standing in marginal seats must provide evidence of the scale of their campaign before they are allocated funds for leaflets and mailshots.

This suggests that the party recognises that some candidates have effectively given up but is not attempting to replace them. This contrasts with the tightly disciplined marginal-seat campaign run by Lord Ashcroft for the Conservatives.


The revelation will add to the sense that momentum is draining from the party. Diplomats attending the Labour conference told The Times that they were writing communiqués describing how the party activists appeared unenthused or lacked the fire to stay in government. One expressed disappointment that many of the MPs that they wanted to see were not in Brighton. The party is very sensitive to accusations that fewer people are attending this year’s conference. It says that 220 of the party’s 300 MPs were expected to attend, although it is not clear whether they all turned up.

Large swaths of the hall were empty during the speech by Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, yesterday.

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