Is there point in lobbying the labour party?

DATE

10/09/2016

PUBLISHED BY

Neil Bayley

To say that there would be no point lobbying the Labour Party would be a big call – and the wrong one.

While corporate lobbyists were highly conspicuous by their absence at the Labour Party Conference this week, the same could be said of the vast bulk of moderate Labour MPs.

But it is the moderate Labour MPs who still want to campaign on issues important to them, engage with business and demonstrate that the Labour Party is still a political force.

That Labour is in dire straits is clear for all to see, and the civil war between the moderates and the Corbyn leadership is better articulated elsewhere. However, it is worth remembering that the Government only has a majority of twelve. It is not difficult to foresee the Conservatives’ losing their swagger and there is an appetite amongst opposition MPs to provide scrutiny and confront government measures that might be ill-thought through or flawed.

Brexit has fundamentally changed the political landscape, and the Prime Minister highlighted the once in a generation opportunity to reform our economy and society. All suggestions on how to achieve that will no doubt be gratefully received. As ever, the most effective communications and lobbying will not only balance the challenges that lie ahead, but also provide suggestions for solutions.

The Labour leadership’s approach to business may seem more rooted in a Marxist conception of capitalist exploitation of labour, rather than one of positive partnership, but for moderate MPs business is not the problem. It is obvious to say that lobbying on an issue or campaign is more effective when you can demonstrate cross-party support.

Labour is not a no-go zone for business. There is a strong desire amongst ‘moderate’ Labour MPs to work with third parties, including business, on campaigns and important issues to achieve positive change that support communities, jobs and business growth. The Labour Party may seemingly be a long way from power, but Labour MPs are not willingly going to surrender their influence in Parliament. Give them a ring (or let us do that for you), I think you’ll find they will take the call!

For more information on Good Relations and corporate and public affairs, please contact Neil Bayley: nbayley@goodrelations.co.uk 

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