In 1950 the membership of South East Area( Kent,Sussex, and Surrey) was 437,407 members. Today Southern Region (Kent Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire, and Buckinghamshire together) has a membership of 110,000. When is the Party going to wake up to the fact that it can form £5,000 clubs and £1,000 clubs to its hearts content, but these will only paper over the cracks in the spiral downwards. There will always be a few people that will pay for access to Shadow Cabinet Ministers. The Labour Party does the same for Cabinet Ministers. Unless they do something about membership both Parties are doomed and the only way they can be turned round is to make them more democratic.