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26th July, 2013 2:40 pm

Peter Mandelson wrote for LabourList on Wednesday. We don’t always agree, but we’ve always seen the importance of LabourList – it’s a great way of giving Labour supporters a voice online, and giving the Tories a whack at the same time.

The Tories still own the press – from the Daily Mail to The Times and The Sun, they have the backing of media owners.

Support for independent news sources on the Left are so important that we have come together to ask you to donate – generously – to LabourList.

Until midnight only, every contribution will be matched by a generous donor – doubling your donation.

Can you donate £1 or £2 a week – or whatever you can afford – to help LabourList grow?

Please click here to give a small amount each week to LabourList via their secure website.

Everyone who signs up to give at least £1 a week will get to join the new LabourList Grassroots Events Programme.

We can’t afford to lose the next election. We need ordinary Labour members to be involved in getting the right policies in the manifesto, hitting the doorsteps and beating the Tories.

LabourList can play an important part in helping us do that.

So please do what you can.

Please click here to give a small amount each week to LabourList via their secure website: https://secure.labourlist.org/johnprescott

Yours not right honourably,

JP

PS: When LabourList launched four and a half years ago I did a video for my mate Peter. You can watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGGee9WxYYU&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  • rekrab

    JP, it something I’d like to do? but I’m confused by the general move of the party over trade union funding and links and I am afraid I’d be a very small voice as my idea of the labour party is traditional and more left than most of the contributors on this site.

    How can you convince me, that my opinions will be as valued as opposite opinions?

  • BusyBeeBuzz

    Sorry John, but you are going to have to join the real world and recognise that some of us can’t afford £1 pw. I have had my benefits reduced since January because I am appealing against the Atos WCA. Bills such as council tax have increased and I’m £thousands in debt. Mark said that Labour List has nothing to do with the Labour Party, so why are you begging on their behalf. I don’t hear you begging for £1 pw for 38 Degrees, Liberty or Amnesty so there has to be some sort of link between Labour Link and the Labour Party! Might this have something to do with the money lost from union contributions? I consider it to be very undemocratic to say that I can’t contribute my ideas unless I can afford to pay £1 pw, Even if you were begging for contributions to save legal aid or the NHS I still can’t afford £1 pw. If Labour want people who don’t vote to vote Labour, then you are going to have to inspire them with the idea that you understand their plight – that they are struggling to pay their bills and put food on the table. Until Labour express more empathy for the victims of austerity, then the people who don’t vote are going to continue to say “What’s the point? They’re all the same!” One law for the rich and one law for the poor! One voice for the rich and one voice for the poor. Without legal aid, the poor cannot enforce their rights. If they cannot enforce their rights, then it will be the same as having none.

    • EmmaBurnell

      LabourList is independent of the Labour Party, but we are a Labour supporting website (the clue is in the name) so those Labour politicians from all parts of the Party who value the debates we are able to host and the voice we can give to members are keen that we continue to thrive. Hence this fundraising drive.

      • BusyBeeBuzz

        Hi Emma. Yes, I get that Labour List is independent of the Labour Party and I’d have to be really stupid if I didn’t recognise that it is a Labour supporting website considering that only Labour MPs & Labour peers write blogs on it and only Labour members comment on it, but that doesn’t change my economic position. I am skint. If the PLP are that keen to hear my views I’d be more than willing to share them and have tried to share them, but have been told that if I went to the Labour Conference in September I won’t be allowed to speak (or vote). About 4 months ago I asked a Sheffield Labour MP to have a chat with me about legal aid, welfare and human rights issues. He said he is too busy. The chairman of my CLP stopped me from speaking several times (on the subject of judicial review and legal aid cuts) in a very rude manner. Now Labour List want me to pay £1 for the privilege of freedom of speech! You cannot give me a voice! My voice is mine. I own it. I will be speaking loud and clear through a megaphone at the Legal Aid rally in Manchester on Tuesday 30th July. My message will be loud and clear: without legal aid, I cannot enforce my right to a fair trial (Article 6 HRA).

  • rwendland

    John or Mark, can you tell us a bit about the recent management changes at Labourlist. I see that Benjamin Wegg-Prosser and Greg Sean Jackson have recently been appointed Directors of Labourlist Ltd.

    Googling around for some background, I see that Benjamin Wegg-Prosser is Managing Partner of the strategic advisory firm Global Counsel, where Peter Mandelson is Chairman. And Greg Sean Jackson co-founded C360 UK Ltd, which was acquired by Tangent in 2006 – which provides the software that runs labour.org.uk – and is now a director of quite a few companies, including internet lending and borrowing firm Zopa.

    Could you provide a bit more background on these recent management changes please, which seem to have brought some senior business folks into the running of Labourlist.

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