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Labour's performance in the local elections may suffer because local party ...
Labour's performance in the local elections may suffer because local party

activists have resigned in protest at the Iraq war, BBC Radio Four's Today

programme said this morning.

The programme reported from Cambridge, where former Labour activist Alistair

Reid said he had left the party because of his opposition to the war.

Local Labour MP Anne Campbell said the loss of party workers could be

damaging. 'There are still as many Labour party voters, but we're not able

to put in quite as much work as we have done in the past in getting them

out,' she said. 'I think that might have dire consequences for some of our

hard working city councillors.'

But Labour party chairman Ian McCartney denied there was a problem and told

Today more people were joining the party than leaving.

'I'm not complacent, these will be tough elections,' he said. 'Every

government suffers mid-term.'

Today reported that Labour does expect to lose hundreds of seats on 1 May.

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