Labour is on course to lose the local election in May, with seats going to the Tories and Greens, Brighton Kemptown MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle said today (Thursday 21 February).
Mr Russell-Moyle, who was a member of Brighton and Hove City Council before his election to Parliament, urged colleagues to work harder.
Defeat, he warned, “could even be the final nail in Labour’s coffin,” weakening party leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Mr Russell-Moyle said: “Unless something changes in next few weeks, I believe we are on course to lose seats at the local election to both the Greens and Tories.
“We need to be out every night of the week in every ward. Candidates need to commit to this as a part-time job and in the next few weeks as their full-time job of campaigning.
“Remember we have an uphill struggle and being a councillor is a tough job but being a candidate in the last two months is a full-time job.
“It’s like an endurance test. If you can put the time in, you become a councillor. If not, you will never win.
“We need targeted letters to each voter (not just generic leaflets that few read). We need to have door knocked every house three times and we need to take this seriously. Less debate and more direction.
“Because we are being held up as a big win for Jeremy in May and if we fail it will weaken Jeremy, it could even be the final nail in Labour’s coffin. If anyone cares about Labour and Jeremy, you need to take the next weeks off from your diary. Book no social life.
“You should not be travelling from one ward to another but out every day in your ward or your nearby key ward and work work work.”
Council leader Daniel Yates said: “Lloyd’s making it very clear that complacency isn’t an option. What he was issuing was a call to arms.
“You can’t take voters for granted. Every single vote in every single ward matters.”