"I remembered what happened the previous time we'd had a Tory administration in power, and the possibility of a return to the Thatcher days, filled me with dread" Tim Micklburgh-South ward Councillor
WHY I JOINED THE LABOUR PARTY
At the end of the 2000s there was clearly a danger that Labour would be turfed out of office, and that we would have a Conservative Government. This was clearly something that I didn’t want! Moreover, there was a chance that Austin Mitchell would be defeated by the ubiquitous Victoria Ayling, a Conservative who seemed to be all over the place. And, in West Marsh where I was based she was getting the backing from those who were supposed to be independent and above party politics.
So while I still had difficulties with New Labour, I felt it was time to put any differences to one side and rejoin the party I’d left at the height of Blairism. For I remembered what happened the previous time we’d had a Tory administration in power, and the possibility of a return to the Thatcher days filled me with dread. So I paid my subscription, and became a card-carrying Labour member once again.
Thankfully at Parliamentary level Austin saw off the Tory threat, though nationally Brown’s days in office came to an end. Having said that Cameron only became Prime Minister thanks to an unholy alliance with the Liberal Democrats, who paid the price five years later.
And the day after Austin’s votes were counted I was at the auditorium for the North East Lincolnshire count, which saw Labour gain six seats and get into double-figures once again. So there was every reason to remain hopeful !