Welsh Labour is alienating potential support in working class communities on a scale that could contribute to the party’s defeat at the next General Election, Welsh Communists warned at the weekend.
In his report to the Welsh Communist Party’s executive in the Merthyr Tydfil Labour Club, secretary Trevor Jones attacked the ‘onward march of the ultra-Remainers’ in the Labour Party in Wales. ‘Their unqualified pro-second referendum and anti-Brexit positions are not preventing a loss of support to the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru, while a susbtantial number of pro-Brexit one-time Labour supporters are either switching to the Brexit Party or have stopped voting altogether’, he declared.
Mr Jones, a lorry driver in Deeside, north-east Wales, said that Welsh Labour was already paying a heavy price for refusing to honour the pro-Leave majority in Wales in the 2016 EU referendum. ‘Its share of the vote was halved in the EU parliamentary elections in May and plummeted to single figures in the Brecon & Radnor by-election on August 1’, he pointed out.
Welsh Communists warned that Labour was in danger of losing at least the three Westminster seats it gained in the last General Election to pro-Brexit candidates. ‘Participating in the anti-Brexit, anti-prorogation hysteria of a minority of pro-EU fanatics will only risk adding to the losses’, Trevor Jones insisted. ‘The people of Wales desperately need the election of a left-led Labour government at Westminster that is free from EU Single Market rules’, he concluded, ‘especially in order to introduce radical policies of local procurement, regional development and state aid to industry’.
The Welsh CP executive also finalised plans to leaflet six towns and cities across Wales in the Communist Party’s ‘day of action’ next Saturday, demanding that Britain leave the EU on October 31 as scheduled.