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ISLINGTON LABOUR AIMS TO SHED OLD IMAGE TO WIN BACK POWER

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A leaked report by Islington LBC's opposition Labour group reveals that the party aims to be 'unrecognisable' by th...
A leaked report by Islington LBC's opposition Labour group reveals that the party aims to be 'unrecognisable' by the time of the next election as it changes its personnel, strategy and even its name.

The Islington Gazette (p2) reports that the party is keen to shed its old image in order to help it regain control of the council in the 2002 elections.

The 'Win 2002 battle plan', which christens the party 'Islington New Labour', says: 'For the most part the candidates in 2002 will be unrecognisable from 10 years ago'.

The move follows a brainstorming meeting, which came up with slogans such as 'We have changed' and 'Labour will be effective and efficient'.

The report offers the following advice to Labour councillors: 'In council meetings, members should try to use good sound bites, play to their own strengths and clap their colleagues' speeches in the council chamber.'

The report also suggests that the best plan of attack against the Liberal Democrats is to hold them to their election promises, especially over lowering council tax.

A Labour spokesman said: 'We will support the Liberal Democrats when they are doing things that move the borough forward, but they are not doing much at the moment that we agree with.'

He also denied that there would be a purge of veteran Labour councillors before 2002. 'There will be no clear-out - the party is already unrecognisable from 10 years ago.'

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