By membership, Lewes Labour is now the biggest political movement in Lewes with around 1,500 members.
Does that surprise you?
In the last eighteen months, hundreds of people in this part of East Sussex joined Labour for the first time or re-joined, seeing that the party was now a true force for social justice in a way that perhaps it had moved away from in recent years. And the last General Election saw a surge in the youth vote. We would love to see as many of those young voters as possible join Lewes Labour and help shape our national policies and local activities.
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Lewes may be in the ‘affluent south’ but that is just a misleading generalisation. The constituency of Lewes stretches from Seaford and Newhaven through Lewes and up to just short of Uckfield – west to east, it covers the area between Ditchling across to Chalvington. And in our area, many people suffer from poor or unaffordable housing; from low-paid employment and zero hours contracts; from VERY poor public transport; from insufficient Social Care and on and on the list goes.
Schools in our area are facing cuts every bit as deep as anywhere else in the country; Lewes’ NHS services are suffering as much as they are nationally. And don’t get us started on how the train service is under Southern, surely enough evidence on its own that the railways would be better back in public hands with customer service as the main goal rather than just shareholder profit.
And that’s why people are turning to Labour.
Because, quite simply, they’ve had enough and they see no prospect of the Conservative Government switching away from its disastrous and grossly unfair ‘austerity’ plan. On June 8th, nationally we gave the Tories a very unexpected surprise by winning 40% of the total vote and achieving the biggest increase in the Labour vote since Atlee’s Government in 1945. Because so many people are now desperate for change, for social justice.
The Labour Party manifesto has given voters a very clear choice for the first time in a generation. If you agree with this inclusive, mutually supportive approach to society and the economy, then please consider joining the Labour Party too – there IS an alternative for Government