Two separate reports, one produced by the local Labour Party, the other from the ‘Labour Together’ Group offer an analysis of what went wrong for the Labour Party and the devastating defeat at the 2019 General Election.
Within a week of the General Election, a special all-member meeting of the Penrith & The Border Constituency Labour Party (CLP) was convened for members to discuss and consider the outcome of the 2019 General Election. The meeting was organised to help consider why the campaign ended so badly and to start thinking about where we go from here.
Following this meeting, it was agreed that a small group of key CLP officers should be convened to produce a written analysis of the election failure with the starting point being the discussion points made at the specially organised CLP meeting. The CLP officers joining this ‘post-election analysis group’ were the Chair, Campaign Coordinator, Policy Officer, Political Education Officer, Vice-Chair Membership, Women’s Officer and Youth Officer. Any CLP member wishing to be part of this group was also invited and three further members subsequently joined the group.
The analysis produced is intended as a resource to agree a present a view of what went wrong and to feed this into a national review body.
A commissioned group, Labour Together, spent the last 3 years creating spaces for people from different traditions within the Labour movement to have difficult but necessary political conversations face-to-face with people they might not ordinarily speak with. Their General Election Review is a culmination of this work bringing together 15 Commissioners from across the Labour movement to explore the general election loss.