Labour membership fell by 25,000 in 2022 – but party saw growth in income, accounts show

The Labour Social gathering’s monetary statements for 2022 have been launched in the present day, exhibiting that get together membership had shrunk from 432,000 in 2021 to 407,000 in 2022.

This was effectively under the latest membership peak recorded on the finish of 2019 when there have been 532,046 Labour members.

The report did spotlight that total income had risen for the get together to £47.2 million, rising by greater than £1.5 million since 2021 and it noticed the get together obtain a surplus of £2.7 million – a big enchancment from the £5.2 million deficit seen final 12 months. This implies the get together loved one in every of its most financially profitable years in latest historical past.

Within the report, the get together treasurer David Evans stated “the Social gathering stays able to struggle a Basic Election to ship a Labour authorities at any time”.


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The statements present that whereas income from membership decreased, income from fundraising noticed a threefold improve. Most of this was generated from dinners, producing £323,000 for Labour in 2022 in comparison with £10,000 in 2021.

This arguably displays the success of Labour’s “Prawn Cocktail Offensive 2.0”, designed to woo large enterprise in help of Labour after the financial turbulence incited by the Conservative mini-budget in September 2022. 

The statements additionally reveal that the get together diminished staffing prices by over £6 million in an effort to cut back prices, with Mr Evans saying “troublesome choices” needed to be made.

Commenting on the Labour get together accounts, a celebration spokesperson stated: “Due to Keir Starmer’s management, the Labour get together noticed vital monetary progress all through 2022, and our funds have gone from power to power this 12 months as we set out our 5 missions to rework Britain.”

They added: “The Labour get together is a modified get together that’s severe about moving into authorities and constructing a greater Britain.”

Nonetheless, the Labour group Momentum has taken a extra cynical evaluation of the statements, saying: “When Keir Starmer ran for chief he celebrated Labour’s mass membership and pledged to construct on the people-powered get together constructed after 2015”. 

The group added: “But since then he has turned Labour again in direction of company donors and pursuits, rejecting member and union calls for for widespread, pressing insurance policies like public possession, whereas undermining their rights by stitching up parliamentary alternatives for loyalists.

“Britain already has a celebration funded by the few and serving the few: the Tories. We want a Labour Social gathering funded by and run for the various, one that’s true to its commerce union roots and its founding mission.”

Labour’s 2022 monetary outcomes seem extra optimistic than the Conservatives, which recorded a lack of £2.3 million in what was described as a “turbulent 12 months” and noticed revenue donations fall by £2.4 million inside a 12 months. 

The autumn in donations displays a fall in confidence seen inside the Conservative get together after 2022 noticed three Conservative Prime Ministers, together with Lizz Truss’ shortest serving premiership in historical past.