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To vote in the Labour leadership election even though I didn't vote Labour in the General Election?

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ThatBloodyWoman Fri 14-Aug-15 15:05:45

I can vote because I'm a trade union member.
I am a socialist.
But I voted Green,not Labour.

AIBU?

LurkingHusband Fri 14-Aug-15 15:19:53

Not sure why exercising your democratic rights would be unreasonable ?

It's not 2021 yet.

MrsTerryPratchett Fri 14-Aug-15 15:22:12

If you are doing it for good reasons, go ahead. I do object to people (about four, I imagine) who would join a party just to fuck with the results.

GirlsWhoWearGlasses Fri 14-Aug-15 15:24:33

Go for it. You're part of the wider Labour Movement and it's voters like you that Labour needs to win for the future.

MrsHathaway Fri 14-Aug-15 15:33:30

Lots of Labour supporters voted Green because they felt the parliamentary Labour party had drifted too far to the right with its manifesto. They believe Jeremy Corbyn can get the party back on track.

In Wales and Scotland people feeling the same had the opportunity to vote PC/SNP. You can bet they're voting in the leadership election too.

muminthecity Fri 14-Aug-15 15:35:25

Of course YANBU. I also voted green in the last election, but have joined Labour so that I can vote for Corbyn. If he wins, I'll be voting Labour in the next GE.

KeyserSophie Fri 14-Aug-15 15:43:52

It seems like pretty much every other fucker in the country is going to vote, so I don't see why you should miss out grin

ThatBloodyWoman Fri 14-Aug-15 16:02:44

grin

I suddenly doubted myself and wondered if I was morally right to vote.
I'll be voting Corbyn.
Obviously.

Dawndonnaagain Fri 14-Aug-15 16:14:43

I voted Green in the election.
I'm voting for Corbyn in the leadership election. If the Labour party had pursued any sort of socialist agenda during the election, I would have voted for them. I didn't want watered down Tory policies, hence the Green vote.

howtorebuild Fri 14-Aug-15 16:17:13

It's legally and morally ok, so go for it.

ThatBloodyWoman Fri 14-Aug-15 16:20:16

Dawndonna that was very much my position -I wanted to vote for a socialist party.

LurkingHusband Fri 14-Aug-15 16:21:51

One wonders where all the faux socialist can go to hang out, if Corbyn wins ?

Dawndonnaagain Fri 14-Aug-15 16:23:48

ThatBloodyWoman
Vote. About 200 years ago I was a Labour Councillor, (she who must not be named was still in power) still voted green at the last election. Honestly felt I had no choice. Corbyn has given me hope, despite the party working against him, and if selected will give choice. Something we've not had for a considerable period.

ThatBloodyWoman Fri 14-Aug-15 16:36:17

I've got a good deal of respect for a person with principles.
As an anti apartheid and anti nuclear activist (and campaign against the arms trade,and nicaraguan solidarity campaign..) back in the day when she who shall not be named was running riot,I totally get where Corbyn is coming from,and feel he's from the same page.
I am nothing short of excited at the prospect of Corbyn winning this leadership election.Genuinely excited.

AnnoyedParent22 Fri 14-Aug-15 16:40:09

I also like a man with principles.

And if he sees off bloody David Cameron and Co all the better.

I'll be voting for Corbyn!

ThatBloodyWoman Fri 14-Aug-15 16:44:58

He was also involved in the McLibel case,sponsoring two Early Day Motions.
The more I hear about the man,the more I like him.

cariadlet Fri 14-Aug-15 16:45:11

YNBU

I joined the Labour Party purely to vote for Corbyn even though (apart from the last election when our local candidate seemed decent) I hadn't voted Labour for years. If he does get in then I'll be voting for Labour at the next election - even though it's a wasted voted in my very Tory town.

I was a teenager and a student in the 80s so grew up going on CND demos, campaigning against Apartheid etc etc. It's been so depressing seeing New Labour become so concerned with electability and so terrified of offending big business or the right-wing press that NL jettisoned all the principles that the party used to stand for.

I find the possibility of a leader that could take the Labour Party back to its roots very exciting.

SaintEyning Fri 14-Aug-15 16:51:15

Absolutely had the same thoughts. Voted Labour since I could vote (2007) until this election when I voted Green in the absence of any socialist policies from Labour.

If Jeremy wins, I will vote Labour again and I am really pleased to belong to the party given that there is a real groundswell of socialism in the country. Will divert to Women's Equality party or back to Green if he doesn't succeed in becoming Leader.

I'm hopeful, though!

SaintEyning Fri 14-Aug-15 16:52:00

1997, that should say!! I wish I was in my twenties again!

ThatBloodyWoman Fri 14-Aug-15 17:12:06

Trident was another factor for my voting choices.

ilovesooty Fri 14-Aug-15 18:11:49

I'm in a marginal seat and voted Labour because of that. I've been very disappointed by not having a genuinely socialist choice for years though. The Tories got in unfortunately. I'm a Labour party member, will be voting for Jeremy Corbyn and I think your vote is perfectly legitimate.

Vingtdeux22 Sat 15-Aug-15 19:17:01

Do you view voting Labour as a possibility in the future, especially if your chosen candidate wins? If so, YANBU.

Funinthesun15 Sat 15-Aug-15 19:19:09

As long as you aren't a member of the Green party, or any other then you can vote.

GiddyOnZackHunt Sat 15-Aug-15 19:27:16

I think it's OK too. I think the Labour party has tied itself in knots over the eligibility issue though. Piers Corbyn and Mark Steele have been barred from voting so think of it as making up for one of them!

DoraGora Sat 15-Aug-15 19:46:40

You can and you should. Re, where are the faux socialists going to hang out if Corbyn wins? Well, it doesn't matter where they hang out. Socialists are going to have to blow the cobwebs off their ideas if they're going to make them work in this day and age. I'd say, anybody brave enough to identify him or herself as a socialist after a Corbyn win, had better be prepared to muck in and push a very heavy wagon up a very steep political hill. I'll be in there giving a few of my ideas. I very much doubt that anyone will thank me for them. but, I'll be there.

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