Last night was the North Shore meeting of Labour’s Organisational Review, going around the country this month.
It was certainly a very heartening event. Everyone was on the same wavelength, and while mostly we didn’t get into devilish details, there was a lot of consensus on where Labour needs to improve.
The review should make Labour much more responsive to its members, and much better suited to campaigning in the electorate: for the social justice and community values that were agreed as truly Labour. Hopefully it should grow the organisation too – a more member-oriented party should be more attractive to join; and even just the process of this review is a good way of getting the party talking about who we are and what we stand for – and getting energised about that.
So thanks to Moira for initiating this review, thanks to David for co-sponsoring it, and thanks to Nanaia and her team in advance for the work they do pulling it all together. The proof will be in the pudding, but there’s lots of good ingredients so far as I can see…
The most pushed suggestion from across the (surprisingly large) Labour audience wasn’t actually an organisational one. It’s one that has been expressed often enough here too – that for Labour to succeed it needs to be true to its values and express them loudly, clearly, simply and unapologetically. Stay left.