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Labour Party Compass accused of calling for a new party

“CENTRIST” Labour pressure group Compass is lining up with calls for a new party, Labour sources say.

In a New Year email to all members that was seen by the Star yesterday, Compass chair Neal Lawson implies that the group’s work in 2018 lies beyond Labour.

He wrote: “Our journey started in the Labour Party, and that party still matters,  but it never sought to end there.

“One party can’t possibly meet and overcome all the multiple challenges we face.”

In the message, the organisation also takes credit for halting “the march of a nasty self-serving brand of right-wing politics that runs right through the Tories, Ukip and the DUP.”

Its Progressive Alliance campaign has also been praised by Mr Lawson, who said Compass’s next task was to stop a “hard Brexit” by keeping Britain in the EU’s single market.

“A straightforward call for a new party  has been argued in the Glasgow-based Herald recently by Chris Deerin, contributing editor of the New Stateman, accompanied by a vituperative attack on the current Labour leadership,” a member of the Campaign for Socialism told the Morning Star.

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