Vote for John McDonnell - on the BBC website, now.

Posted in Janine's blog on Sat, 12/05/2007 - 19:40,

Click here.

Update: the poll is no longer on that page. Instead there is an article about how John McDonnell is struggling to get on the ballot paper. You can help make his struggle easier by emailing one or more of the following 'undecided' Labour MPs, urging them to nominate John.

Anne Begg, Aberdeen South
Joe Benton, Bootle
Colin Burgon, Elmet
Charles Clarke, Norwich South
Jon Cruddas, Dagenham (yeah, right)
Andrew Dismore, Hendon
Jim Dowd, Lewisham West
Gwyneth Dunwoody, Crewe & Nantwich
Frank Field, Birkenhead
Piara Khabra, Ealing Southall
Dai Havard, Merhyr Tydfil & Rhymney
Kate Hoey, Vauxhall
Peter Kilfoyle, Liverpool Walton
Andrew Mackinlay, Thurrock
Fiona Mactaggart, Slough
Siobhain McDonagh, Mitcham & Morden
Rosemary McKenna, Cumbernauld, Kilsyth & Kirklintilloch East
Austin Mitchell, Great Grimsby
Terry Rooney, Bradford North
Graham Stringer, Manchester Blackley
Jon Trickett, Hemsworth
Paul Truswell, Pudsey
David Winnick, Walsall North
Anthony Wright, Great Yarmouth
Tony Wright, Cannock Chase


Submitted by Janine on Wed, 16/05/2007 - 15:24

Dear Mr Mitchell

I am not a resident of your constituency. However I am, like you, a campaigner in defence of council housing. It is for this reason that I am writing to you to urge you to nominate John McDonnell in the election for Labour leader.

I am sure that, like me, you would like to see the issue of council housing discussed and debated as part of the leadership campaign. It would be a great opportunity to air the arguments and to show both labour movement activists and the wider public that there are many of us who believe strongly in council housing and are willing to defend it.

The only way to ensure that happens is to ensure that John McDonnell is able to stand as a candidate. Without John's candidature, there will be not an election but a coronation. Labour will get a leader who rejects the party's own policy of support for the Fourth Option and worse, will get such a leader without party members and trade unionists having the chance to consider an alternative.

If, however, John is able to stand, then council tenants - and the many other working-class people who have been turning away from Labour - may see some reason to take an interest in Labour again. Your nomination could be crucial to ensuring that this happens.

Thank you

Janine Booth
Aspland & Marcon Estates Tenants' & Residents' Association (personal capacity)

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