Facts reported by the FT’s Jim Pickard, stripped of propaganda
It was reported today that MP Clive Lewis has invited other Labour MPs to a meeting on Wednesday to discuss how to make a better case for the UK staying in the EU.
Mr Lewis’ supporters include Neal Lawson, chair of the Compass group, Lisa Nandy, shadow energy secretary, commentator Owen Jones and some figures in the grass roots pro-Corbyn Momentum organisation.
Mr Lawson said that Labour In, with its focus on economic growth, was repeating the arguments of the last European referendum in 1975. “Others will want to make the progressive case for staying in,” he said. “There is a recognition that there needs to be an ecology of different groups making the case.”
The pro-EU group – one suggested name, ‘Strategy of Hope’ – wants to emphasise the benefits of EU membership in terms of its employment legislation and environmental protection, whereas Labour In, the party’s official campaign chaired by Alan Johnson, focusses on national security, jobs and investment — very similar to Conservative themes.
Will this campaign be supported by the Green Party, Lib Dems, the Scottish National party, Plaid Cymru and some union leaders?