Friday, 9 August 2013

Party memberships

Douglas Carswell's guess that Tory party membership is now 'south' of 100,000 is probably a tad too pessimistic; ConHome's guess of 100k - 130k is probably near the truth. Labour's membership will be marginally higher, the LibDems probably now down to 40,000 or fewer. UKIP's membership is up to about 30,000.

With an electorate in the UK of 45m, that's a combined political membership of less than 1%. Fewer than 450,000 people see any advantage in joining a political party, compared to over 4m who happily pay the National Trust's membership fee every year. Perhaps the Tories could open Michael Heseltine to the public, or host cream teas in Mr Pickles. 

That little prat Bercow thinks low numbers are down to 'arrogant ministers' rather than to dickhead Speakers, but he would say that, wouldn't he?

Be scared of these numbers. The lower they go, the greater the chance of our taxes being stolen to fund these dying private clubs. The party funding issue is still bubbling along.

7 comments:

right_writes said...

This is obviously going to happen...

...there is no lower level of odium to which these people will descend.

I seem to remember that the main impetus for this is coming from the (not)Liberal(not)Democrat party... I don't know how many members that party has really got, but I would suggest that 40k was a little on the high side, and UKIP went past 30K in May and is expanding rapidly...

There will have to be some clever engineering in order to ensure that they are shut out of the funding process.

Still, I am sure they'll cope.

Not nice said...

"Perhaps the Tories could open Michael Heseltine to the public"

I didnt know he swung that way, take one for the party Micheal, eeewwww

Demetrius said...

So the Conservative Party membership now numbers around the total number of people who pay to watch Accrington Stanley play each year? At least with the Stanley you know what they are up and so do they.

DeeDee99 said...

I expect a backroom deal has already been done between Cameron, Miliband and The Clegglet.

The first stage in the deal will be for Miliband to "democratise" union members political donations ... and that's already underway. Watch this space for something reciprocal from Cameron.

They'll prevent UKIP from getting any public funds by making it dependent on the number of MPs elected in the previous Parliament: conveniently, that's none ....... at the moment.

John M said...

Let's not forget that many members of all the parties only pay thier subs because the bar in the local club is a lot cheaper than going to the pub...

Edward Spalton said...

A long serving parliamentarian recently told me that, when he joined the Labour Party in 1947, they had 1 million members and 14 million affiliates through the trade union and co-operative movements. The Conservative Party had 3 million members. How are the mighty fallen!

Yet they still command tribal loyalty although reduced to mere PR machines.

Also, the number of paid, elected offices has increased dramatically to about 30,000 I believe. Then there are all the Quangos, whose members are nominated by political patronage and all the "assistants to" and "researchers".

So the parties now are composed mostly of office seekers and their immediate friends. They do not represent anybody else

G. Tingey said...

John M
Not even that ...
A friend drinks in the "Con-Club" in his small Welsh/English town (GBG recommended) but he's not a tory member, AFAIK .....