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Creating a new moderate centre left party

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The aim of this event is to find out if there is support for a new, moderate, pro-Brexit, centre-left party.

The first thing to say is that it is not the aim of the party to replace Labour. The aim of the party is to be what Jonathan Freedland (The Guardian) calls a “corrective”. In our view, Labour has moved too far to the left. It is also in danger of disappointing the many thousands of Labour voters who supported Brexit. We believe that left-leaning voters should have the chance to vote for a pro Brexit party. We also think that regardless of Brexit, the country needs major structural reform. We don’t see Labour offering the right policies to address the challenges the country faces.

We intend to avoid the mistakes that the SDP made. We will try to win support in those areas of the country that supported Brexit. That is to say, the small towns of England and Wales, the run down coastal towns and the outer suburbs of London.

We think it likely that Theresa May will be able to conclude some sort of deal with the EU. If she cannot and there is an election, we hope to have candidates in place which would support a soft (Norway) Brexit. It is fairly obvious that Labour, despite whatever it might claim could not deliver Brexit. Its MPs are overwhelmingly in favour of Remain. The partry is seeking to de-select two of its MPs who do support Brexit. Many Labour supports want the party to commit to a People’s Vote. We are opposed to a People’s Referendum and would rather have an election.

As this proposed new party is pro Brexit, it is not intended to be a new home for Labour’s Moderates. They need to start their own party.

We have seen the influence that the ten MPs from the DUP have been able to wield. We see no reason why a small pro Brexit centre left party could not have a similar level of influence.

We want an end to identity politics and instead some policies that actually address the fact that the UK is now a low wage economy.

It is hoped that the meeting will be very practical with a minimum of speechifying. None of us want to spend our free time arguing, so we hope that there will be a minimum level of common ground at the outset.

The sort of platform on which the new party stand candidates is set out at www.futureofbritain.org.uk/ideas

The location of the meeting has not yet been decided. It is quite likely to be a pub or a community centre. It will be notified to people who register for the event nearer the time.

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