Shelley and Hastings and Rye Labour Party

At a meeting of Hastings & Rye Labour Party specifically convened this week to endorse new members and supporters  already agreed by the national administration we were pleased to welcome those who have recently joined – whether they are permitted to vote in the leadership election or not!

Currently in Hastings and Rye we have a total of 1,735 full members, 284 supporters in trade unions and 219 registered supporters. A grand total of 2,238 local members and supporters.

This is a massive increase on local members since the general election. While Shelley’s poem “The Masque of Anarchy” was written to commemorate those killed at the Peterloo massacre in Manchester in 1819 protesting for political rights I could not but help think the last verse was worth recalling in these circumstances:

‘Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number—
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you—
Ye are many—they are few.’