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More than 23,000 Labour members have left the get together prior to now two months amid rows over its place on Gaza and a watering down of inexperienced pledges.

The opposition nonetheless instructions an enormous lead over the Tories in opinion polls regardless of the sharp drop in membership numbers, revealed in figures launched to the get together’s National Executive Committee (NEC).

Labour sources advised The Observer that the get together’s general monetary place remained robust regardless of the autumn in subscriptions, which make up only one income stream for the get together.

Sir Keir Starmer’s get together now will get a big chunk of its earnings from donors together with monetary help from unions.

The Labour chief got here underneath heavy criticism for his preliminary refusal to name for an instantaneous ceasefire in Gaza following Israel’s raids on the territor which was in response to Hamas’s 7 October terror assault.

Anger amongst Britain’s Muslim group at Labour’s dealing with of the difficulty has been the first driver behind the hundreds of members ripping up their pledge playing cards, get together insiders imagine.

Sir Keir and Rachel Reeves, the shadow chancellor, have additionally come underneath fireplace for cutting down the get together’s £28bn inexperienced funding plan, which was seen by some as a key dividing line between Labour and the Tories.

Keir Starmer and Rachel Reeves have been criticised for scaling again Labour’s inexperienced prosperity plan


Labour’s prime two mentioned the inexperienced prosperity plan can be decreased to underneath £15bn.

The get together’s membership peaked at 532,000 in 2019 underneath the management of Jeremy Corbyn. The report back to the NEC final week revealed that Labour’s membership had fallen from 390,000 in January to 366,604 on the newest rely.

It was unclear precisely when the final rely occurred.

“It is a big fall in just two months,” one senior Labour determine who was on the assembly advised The Observer.  “People were surprised, even taken aback.”

Luke Akehurst, an NEC member, advised the paper Labour membership was nonetheless at “historically high levels” regardless of the drop.

“Labour only had 150,000 members at the end of its last period in office [in 2010],” he added.

“The state of the opinion polls suggest there is no correlation between membership and electoral popularity.”

Momentum, the grassroots leftwing group which supported Mr Corbyn and has grow to be more and more crucial of Sir Keir, accused the get together’s excessive command of taking the get together’s base “for granted”.

“From a failure to oppose Israel’s brutal war on Gaza to morale-damaging U-turns and the mistreatment of Diane Abbott, Keir Starmer is alienating swathes of Labour’s core support,” it mentioned in a press release.

“Members are the lifeblood of Labour – their departure en masse should set alarm bells ringing.”