The Progress faction has managed, to its own advantage, to be two conflicting things at once: both a privately funded, externally directed think-tank, and at the same time an internal pressure group influencing party decisions. But now, Schrödinger’s box is being opened, and Progress has a stark choice to make about its future
You may have read some commentary recently about a dastardly GMB plot to strip members of Progress, a faction operating within the Labour Party, of their party membership.
Despite all the bluster, one thing is clear: there is no such move to expel anyone from the party. GMB members certainly have expressed their displeasure at Progress, in the context of a motion passed at GMB Congress. That motion didn’t call for the organisation to be banned, but it did raise concerns over its sources of funding, its involvement in internal Labour Party decision-making, and its efforts to undermine Labour’s Leader and candidates.