Fingers were poised last Saturday evening, ready to email out Respect’s political obituary.
This followed much spin in the media and from New Labour about Respect’s imminent demise.
Instead the Respect national council which met in the afternoon unanimously passed a resolution spelling out campaign priorities and making moves to strengthen the party in light of a possible general election.
This came after a three hour discussion, in which every one of the 40 plus national council members had an opportunity to have their say.
The full text of the resolution can be accessed on the Respect website (» www.respectcoalition.org/?ite=1573)
Some of the proposals will be presented to Respect’s national conference on 17 and 18 November.
Over the coming weeks branches will be electing delegates prior to the deadline of 19 October.
Over the coming weeks and months Respect will be preparing, in addition for a snap general election, for next May’s London Assembly and local council elections.
The meeting pledged to back Bob Wareing in Liverpool’s West Derby constituency, where he was deselected by Labour, and to pursue a debate within the wider labour movement over the need for working class representation independent of New Labour and its pro-war, neoliberal stance.