Labour membership falls as thousands fail to renew subscriptions

Posted On: 
28th March 2017

Labour have lost almost 11,000 members in the last four weeks as thousands neglected to renew their subscription to the party. 

A Labour placard in Stoke-on-Trent

It comes after revelations last month that party membership had fallen 26,000 since it reached 554,000 ahead of last July's leadership election.

A leaked party document published in today's Times shows membership fell by 6,450 people last week alone, mainly as a result of failure to renew. 

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The party's internal membership analysis found that 692 people had deliberately resigned from the party, with Labour's approach to Brexit cited as the main reason. 

Just shy of 6,000 people allowed their membership to lapse in the week leading up to Sunday, the report revealed.

"About 60 per cent of these people joined to take part in the 2016 leadership election and immediately went into arrears," the report said.  

"The other 40 per cent joined to take part in the 2015 leadership election and didn’t renew their membership after the first year.”

Despite the latest fall in numbers, Labour remains the biggest mass membership party in Europe, with hundreds of thousands of people joining since Jeremy Corbyn became leader in 2015.