Iain McNicol responds to reports on party restructure

March 14, 2012 4:04 pm

Responding to recent reports of staff unease over the reorganisation of the Labour Party, General Secretary Iain McNicol has released the following statement:

“It is right that the Labour Party is changing. Under the leadership of Ed Miliband and myself we are building an organisation which will work across Parliament, Labour HQ, the nations and the regions as one team with one purpose: to win the next election.

“It is our political opponents in the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats who resist change.

“I know the Labour Party’s staff are not only our most important asset but that they are also fully committed to the changes we are making to improve our capacity to campaign and get back into government as soon as possible.”

  • Geoff Tozer

    Hope not after the last mess you left, just go home and forget about it please!

  • Sir Trev

    Yes go back to your constituencies and prepare for oblivion, thanks.

  • madasafish


    It is our political opponents in the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats who resist change.”

    Hmm..
    Bit rich from the Party which opposes:
    welfare reform
    spending reviews
    NHS reform…

    • AlanGiles

      You have obviously been locked in a room with no newspapers, radio or TV since 2009. Labour’s James Purnell gave the Conservatives David Freud, and started the dispicable situation where terminally ill people were denied benefits by ATOS.

      On appeal most people win their case against this putrid organisation, but this shameful situation was started by “Labour” – many of us are embarrassed by it, but Smith and Grayling’s work was started for them – by Labour.

  • Winston_from_the_Ministry

    “one purpose: to win the next election.”

    Exactly. Nothing more, nothing less.

  • Brumanuensis

    My, my, the little Tory winged-monkeys are out in force. Did someone from Central Office buzz your pagers?

    ‘Comment,  my pretties, comment!’  

    • baboon

      They’ve had their orders Brumanuensis. 

      • treborc

        That’s clever one little line, the fact is labour are seen as the problem at this time not the answer. Labour has to offer us more then vote for us because we know.

    • treborc

      Yes I suspect looking around people will be saying what is the difference between the Tories and labour. After all we all saw what Brown thought of the poorest in this country he taxed them more then gave the richer group a tax break.

      Problem for labour right now is that people simple do not care if labour is in power of the Tories because the difference is like it or not very thin

  • http://twitter.com/AlmosJustice AlmosJustice

    I must say that looking around this site, reading some of the inane, self-obsessed navel gazing that passes for Labour opposition is highly depressing. Is there any body left in the higher echelons with any trace of  empathy and understanding for the poor and disposessed, and the will to fight for social justice? I’m afraid the answer is obvious from this waffle by Mr McNicol. A lifelong labour supporter, you lost me and mine part way through the ‘New Labour Revolution’ and you’re pushing me further away each day. My despair leads me, and many, many others to campaign and work constantly to get rid of this shower in government, but not to replace them with Labour who I now campaign just has hard against. You’ve all moved to a position just to the right of Mussolini and I’m afraid you’ll never get the likes of me back again. You may possibly be part of the next coalition government, but don’t delude yourselves, the Labour Party is dying and workers for social justice are looking elsewhere for representation. Shame.

    • AlanGiles

      You have said what many of us have been thinking for a very long time; I actually left the party a few years ago now, or rather, the party left me.

  • Teresa C

    Winning the next election is very important, but be very careful not to forget the reason why we need to win, it isn’t just so that the chosen few can have good jobs as MPs and make all the decisions… the Labour Party is about more than that, or at least it used to be.

  • Atbpisces

    i have sent 2 emails to mr mc nicol and as yet not had acknowdgement of ither
    one on the 14th april and today 18th april  the glasgow office has my attachment letter
    of my complaint about MSP and also councillor from labour party
    i would like your full attention on this urgent matter please
    i do not want it dissmissed or brushed to one side
    i would like someone to contact me please for full information
     

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