Dear Joe and the 2018-19 National Committee,
We are writing to give notice of the Cambridge University Labour Club's decision to disaffiliate.
The student membership of the Labour Party has reached the end of its tether with Labour Students.
For over a decade now our club is one of the few to have remained steadfastly affiliated. It is now, regrettably, all too clear to us that participation is worth nothing when democratic engagement can do nothing.
At our Termly General Meeting last week our membership resolved overwhelmingly to rescind affiliation, on the grounds that the elections of the incoming national chair and 2019-20 committee were deeply undemocratic. We stand shoulder to shoulder with clubs across the country who have attested to the bad faith cronyism of these ballots, and especially to the corrupt manner in which eligibility rules were applied. In a movement of 20,000 Labour students, only 500 were permitted to have any say.
It is blatant that attempts were made to limit the participation of members from the political mainstream of the party, in order to artificially assure the dominance of a deeply unpopular political minority. The consequences of this 'e-gerrymandering' are evident in the organisation's support for policies diametrically opposed to the actual politics of Labour's student membership - e.g. on questions such as tuition fees.
We now call on those Labour clubs who remain affiliated to leave, and in doing so extend their solidarity to clubs -- particularly those in the North of England and Scotland -- who have, for years, been systematically disenfranchised by the national organisation. Our party must pass the mantle of 'Labour Students' on to an organisation that can finally, genuinely represent Labour students.
This will remain the policy of our club unless and until we democratically resolve otherwise.
The Cambridge University Labour Club