Who owns the name ‘The Labour Party’?

Labour officials try to work out who owns party assets as split looms over Corbyn

‘You would think that this had been settled after the last split, but it wasn’t,’ official says

Senior Labour officials are desperately seeking an answer to the question: Who owns the name “the Labour Party” and who controls its assets?

They want to find out who is legally entitled to the lease on its London headquarters and its regional offices, and also the party logo.

The question of proprietorship is becoming more urgent as the prospect looms of the Labour Party being split in two by the stand-off between the leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and the majority of Labour MPs.

One official said: “Who owns the logo, and the headquarters? Does it all belong to the Leader, as a sort of head of the family, or the General Secretary, or the national executive?

“You would think that this had been settled after the last split but it wasn’t.”

Labour’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, has been in emergency talks with union leaders today in the hope that they can thrash out a compromise that would end the crisis in the Labour leadership that has dragged on for 10 days..

During a face-to-face meeting with Len McCluskey, leader of Britain’s biggest union, Unite, the two men set out their respective positions, then adjourned after agreeing they would meet again. Mr Watson is also speaking by telephone to other union leaders.

But the prospect of an agreement is remote, because the unions heads insist that any deal must be on the basis that Jeremy Corbyn retains his position as Labour’s elected leader, while Mr Watson has told them that the parliamentary party’s ‘red line’ is that Mr Corbyn must go.

Angela Eagle says she’ll stand for Labour leader if Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t step down

If the talks fail, it is increasingly likely that Mr Corbyn will face a leadership challenge. The former shadow Business Secretary Angela Eagle, who is trusted by fellow Labour MPs, is seen as the person most likely to take him on.

There is a dispute over whether Mr Corbyn would have the automatic right to be a candidate if challenged, but assuming he stands, he would have a strong chance of being re-elected by Labour Party members and supporters.

His re-election would make a split in the party almost inevitable, since Labour MPs have voted by 172-40 that they have no confidence in his leadership.

The two sides could then be locked in a protracted legal dispute over the ownership of party assets. That issue did not arise when the Labour Party last split, in 1981, because the four ex-Cabinet minister who broke away to form the short-lived Social Democratic Party made it clear that they were leaving the Labour Party.

The MPs’ position hardened after an impassioned speech at the weekly meeting of the parliamentary party last night by Labour’s former leader Neil Kinnock.

Many of the MPs credit Lord Kinnock with rescuing the party from its worst post-war defeat in 1983, but Mr Corbyn’s supporters regard him as a loser who led the party through two election defeats.

One witness said: “Neil Kinnock was amazing. He was like a Welsh whirling dervish. It was genuinely sensational. He got a two-minute standing ovation.

“There were people in tears – but you have to be in tears now. If you’re a Labour MP and you don’t cry, you’re not doing your job.”



5 Responses to “Who owns the name ‘The Labour Party’?”

  1. NPP says:

    “There were people in tears…”
    Ah, diddums. My heart bleeds… these MP’s do not get it.
    Corbyn stand your ground. People are wising up to the establishment war mongering mind set.

    Bliar was classic Bliar today… almost convincing, while presenting classic psychopath traits? He lied, he presented a sexed-up dossier, he said Saddam plans to hit us in 45 mins, he still tells us Assad is a tyrannt, Robin Cook told us nearer the truth, 9/11? 7/7, the destuction of Libya?

    The official version of everything is cracking…

  2. Gordon says:

    Watched as much as could of him today and what I did listen too didn’t hold water.

    This guy blamed everyone bar himself and still believes 9/11 was done by Santa Claus. And how he held onto his “Global Community” quotes which translated means NWO.

    As for the Chilcot Report, who the hell’s got time to read and digest a 2.6 million word report. The whole thing was designed to be a put off.

  3. Gordon says:

    Corby’s the man. Those that oppose him are probably the Eurocrats and should head off and join the conservatives calling themselves Labour Con Party and leave Jeremy get on with the job he was elected to do.

    • sovereigntea says:

      If Corbyn is hated by the BBC the Blairites and the Daily May then he probably has some redeeming qualities as compared with political prostitutes such as Theresa May and Tony Blair.

      The Blairite faction are all Communitarian and follow the exact same dogmatic path to their ultimate demise as Cameron’s Communitarian Red Tories.

      The EU is Communitarian.

      Our treasonous parliament has a Communitarian majority …. tot em up ! Red Tories + New Labour + a single Green fool + The Lib Dems

      Google the self confessed terrorist German / Israeli Amitai Etzioni ( Born Werner Falk 1929 ) is the intellectual father of the Communitarian movement. He bombed a British Navy installation.

      His teacher was marxist Martin Buber of the Frankfurt School.

      Philip Blonde of the Frankfurt School was Cameron’s advisor.

  4. the watcher says:

    jeremy should never have let watson in the door.hes bad news.rotten to the core. power to jeremy.

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