In Knighton ward in Leicester, Labour have two local councillors, while the Tories have one (the only one in the entire city). However, despite the ongoing fight for the future of socialist ideas within the Labour Party the Knighton ward seems oddly detached from class politics.
In their latest “Winter 2019” Knighton Matters leaflet, Knighton Labour manage to introduce their three electoral candidates without mentioning whether the individuals have any connections to the trade union movement, or without mentioning whether they support Jeremy Corbyn’s popular socialist ideas.
This is important as only one of the three candidates are presently an existing councillor, that is Lynn Moore, who is not even a member of a trade union and is a proud vocal critic of Corbyn.
The first new potential councillor, Geoff Whittle, although now retired describes his former work as “a self-employed lecturer, private tutor [who] worked for many years as a senior manager at Leicester City Council in both Housing and Children’s Services.”
While the second new potential councillor, Melissa March, “works for a local charity” and states that she has “been involved in a wide range of community activities over many years”.
Hopefully the two new candidates will turn out to be socialist fighters, and that this leaflet simply undersells them.