They had to bring extra chairs in from the garden – not bad for a meeting that wasn’t supposed to be happening. It was a far cry from the last Labour branch meeting I attended. Then, six people had sat round a table and very politely shared the various officerships between them. Now we had twenty people crammed into the branch chair’s front room.
I had never seen such a large and engaged membership. But I joined Labour in 2008, at the start of the post-Blair comedown. Despondency had been the default for much of my time in the party.
But who were all these people? Where had they come from and what did they want?