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Nadine Dorries
The Red Flag
Posted Monday, 2 June 2008 at 14:06

On my way into work on the train today, a constituent, on whose behalf I have begged, pleaded and slammed the phone down on numerous faceless officials, came and sat next to me.

In between elections I take the position of being everyone's MP very seriously. I have never, outside of an election, ever asked a constituent which way he or she votes.

After discussing the latest position on this particular gentleman's case he offered his thanks; and as if by way of payment announced that he was going to vote for me at the next election.

I quickly assured him that as a result of what we had achieved together, he should only vote for whichever party or candidate he wished to come election time, and that I was, as his elected representative of the moment, only doing my job.

He then went on to give me his opinion of politics in general. Of how he was actually and had always been a union member and a Labour voter.

“New Labour are so Conservative, I may as well vote Conservative” said he. I wanted to pick him up on this but thought better of it.

“Before, you always knew who and what Labour stood for, but you don’t anymore,” he said.

Over the past few weeks the calls of Labour MPs on the left have bemused me. I thought that the only remnant of fundamental left wing idealism remaining lived in the minds of the stalwart, and it has to be said, the very best of Labour MPs in the House of Commons; I had thought that as a political concept amongst the voters, it was long dead.

The left wing MPs are the radical thinkers, the principled, the rebels and certainly the most respected. Some I now count as my friends, Peter Kilfoyle, Andrew Mackinlay,  Kelvin Hopkins and Frank Field to name but a few.

As my journey's companion continued to talk, I realised that, here, sitting in front of me, was a man representing a species I had thought was now extinct, a proper socialist.

A man who wistfully talked about a Labour Party he once campaigned for, even attended a party conference, and mourned the loss of.

A man who felt that there was no party left which represented his personal view.


I have begun to believe as a result of the continuous endorsement of the fact that we are a secular, or multicultural society , we are beginning to see a resurgence in religion and faith.

Tony Blair's Faith Foundation which he launched last week and the growing numbers of Evangelical Christians are just two of the many reasons for this view.

When people feel that something, particularly something important as a way of life, is seriously under threat they ‘gather round and support’.

As my constituent and I parted on the station I did wonder what would happen if Labour did turn to the left. If it returned to its fundamental principles would people such as my constituent welcome it back with open arms?

Would they flock to it, support it and gather round?

I think they may. I reckon there are probably many disenfranchised Labour supporters just like him.

To someone like me who loves my party, the idea of being 'politically homeless' is a horrible thought.

 
 
 
 
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