Luke Bozier isn't famous, he isn't at the top of the Labour party and he isn't part of Miliband's top team. He is an entrepreneur, former Tony Blair adviser and author of the Labour Business Report. Outside political circles, and even inside, he isn't a big name but he is exactly the kind of person that the Labour party need to keep if they are to have any chance of forming a government any time soon.
But he's gone. In this post he explains why he has left the Labour party and joined the Conservatives.
People changing their minds about a political party shouldn't be big news, political campaigning is all about getting people to look at you afresh and perhaps change their mind about you. It is also important that in response to falling support you look at what is driving your supporters into the arms of another.
Labour's instinctive reaction is to say "sod you, we never liked you anyway". Neil Kinnock spoke over the weekend about the "cowards" in the Labour party who were critical of Ed Miliband and there has been a wave of on-line abuse directed at Luke Bozier. What is noticeably lacking is a big wave of self awareness.
Instead of say "good riddance", Labour should be asking "what have we done wrong?" but that's not their style, as I said here, they feel it's better to be ideologically pure than actually try to improve the country.
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