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London postal workers vote to slash Labour’s cash

Issue No. 2171

Postal workers in London have voted by a massive 96 percent to suspend funding to the Labour Party.

The result of the consultative ballot, which was organised by the London division of the CWU union, was announced to great cheers at a strike rally in central London on Wednesday of last week.

Speaking moments after hearing the result, the union’s deputy general secretary Dave Ward said, “There are some fantastic people in the Labour Party, but as a union we can’t go on like this.

“This government is sticking two fingers up at our members and encouraging Royal Mail management to do their worst.

“If during the Labour Party conference, and over the week that follows, the government does not change, we should do more than just withdraw our money – we should say that we want rid of this government.

“That does not mean that I would welcome a Tory victory – lots of us in this room know what a disaster that would be.

“But I do think that we need to look at new political formations – and that our union should play its part in them.”

The result of the ballot is not binding on the national union.

But it will add to the growing pressure on the leadership to honour the union’s conference policy of balloting the entire membership on the future funding of Labour.

Other branches are now also planning to ballot their ­members on funding Labour.

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