LYNTON BENNETT, a county councillor for Buxton South in Derbyshire, has resigned from Labour to join Respect. Below is a message from Lynton to a Respect meeting held in Glossop on 8 September.
Yesterday, Tuesday 7 September, I wrote to John Williams, Labour leader of Derbyshire County Council, where I said:
“I have taken time to reconsider my resignation letter of May. I am still of the opinion that the Labour Party under Tony Blair is no different to the Tories.
“The government’s policies of backdoor privatisation, low direct rate of top tax and lack of employment rights add up to a poverty of aspiration for working people in this country.
“Therefore I have decided to leave the Labour group and intend to provide an alternative to Labour in Buxton in the future.”
I believe Respect is that alternative—a genuine socialist alternative to Labour. I urge all of you to vote for, campaign for and join Respect. Together we can build Respect in the High Peak into the strong socialist alternative we all desperately want and need.
lRespect came third in a by-election for the Howard Town ward of High Peak Borough Council last week. Gayle Shaw polled 15 percent of the vote, beating the Liberal Democrat and local independent candidates. Labour retained the seat with 31 percent.