|Labour's Wilted and Dying Rose|
Overnight, Labour has had a disastrous result in the Copeland by-election, losing to the Government in the middle of the Tory Government's term of office. This is extremely rare.
Labour should have held on to this seat, caused by their MP resigning to take a job in the nuclear industry.
The Blairites and other factions of Labour are seeking to blame Jeremy Corbyn. The Corbynistas are seeking to blame the Blairites.
It is true that people don't like Jeremy Corbyn. It is true that people don't like his messages either.
We Independents know this from our conversations with people.
But Labour's problems are not just at the national level.
In Southampton, they are also at the local level. They are failing to run Southampton City Council properly. And the Labour Group of councillors are also split between pro- and anti-Corbyn factions, as we have shown on this website before.
Incredibly, when presenting his latest Council Budget, Labour's Finance Chief Mark Chaloner said last week that: "The last Labour Government were running the economy properly!"
This caused everybody in the Council Chamber to laugh uncontrollably. If he believes this, he is more deluded than even Jeremy Corbyn.
Were the Tories any better at running Southampton City Council? No.
Were the Liberal Democrats? No, neither of them were up to the job either.
But Labour is doomed. Why?
Because across Britain, the membership of every Constituency Labour Party (CLP) is split into at least two - pro- and anti-Corbyn. The Executive Committee of officers in each CLP are also split.
The Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) is split into at least two factions in the same way.
The officers at Labour HQ at Brewers Green are split too.
All of these parts are at loggerheads.
Instead of fighting the Tories, they are fighting themselves.
And instead of standing up for British people, they are fighting themselves.
Independents fight on the issues that matter to you. The Westminster parties think of themselves before thinking of you, your area and your family.
Join us Independents to remove the Labour Party from their seats on Southampton City Council.
The local elections are not until May 2018, but we are fighting hard for local people right here, right now.