‘More people have joined Labour than left’ under Keir Starmer, NEC says

PUBLISHED: 11:17 28 July 2020 | UPDATED: 08:42 29 July 2020

Keir Starmer in the House of Commons. Photograph: House of Commons.

Keir Starmer in the House of Commons. Photograph: House of Commons.

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More people have joined the Labour Party under Keir Starmer than left because of Jeremy Corbyn’s departure, members on Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) have revealed.

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Despite claims from the Labour left that the new leader is attempting to purge them from the party, the number of members has increased compared to a year before.

Jeremy Corbyn has been credited with growing the membership numbers, with the previous high reported at 564,000 in December 2017.

But Corbyn’s failure to tackle anti-Semitism and bitter Brexit divisions were blamed for a drop in numbers to under 480,000 shortly after the European elections.

Now membership has risen to 570,000, with membership numbers in 2020 some of the highest seen since individual national membership was recorded in the 1980s.

Gurinder Singh Josan tweeted that general secretary David Evans had said that “many more have joined the party than left”.

He also confirmed that the proportion of Black Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) membership is also “rising rather than falling” after Starmer’s pledge to tackle anti-Semitism in the party.

“Twitter will make you believe that we’re leaving in droves lol,” noted one member in the comments.

Luke John Davies tweeted: “This is particularly welcome news. Glad to see scare stories from the hard left that BAME members are leaving are unfounded and that in fact our BAME membership is rising.”


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