Socialists in the Labour Party have suffered recent defeats, but we are not defeated. This is the time to unify and build around our shared socialist principles, the policies in our 2017 & 2019 manifestos, full democracy, due process and natural justice in the party.
We urgently need a way of bringing together the wide range of new and existing organisations in our movement – groups organising in communities and workplaces, unions, constituency-based left groups, Covid-19 mutual aid networks. Not yet another organisation with leadership aspirations.
Instead we need something new and different – a grassroots umbrella network, run democratically by its supporting bodies, to coordinate our actions and our demands, to support and act in solidarity with each other.
Don't Leave, OrganiseFollow
A new initiative, aimed at uniting the broad range of groups working to preserve the gains of the Corbyn era & build a robust movement to contest the Tory Govt.
At Tuesday’s NEC meeting it was agreed that the deadline for the NPF consultation will be extended until July 20th. Details 👉 https://www.policyforum.labour.org.uk/
A year ago to the day, we lost Simon Baker, @elcardinale. Film-maker, agitator, founding member of @EL4JC, the man behind @VoicesLabour & many brilliant @UKLabour political broadcasts. If you miss him too, join us in celebrating his life & work today: https://facebook.com/events/s/celebrating-simon-baker/348444373071501/?ti=icl
This is why we have to organise. Part 1. #DontLeaveOrganise
At today's NEC I proposed an amendment that CLPs should be allowed to meet formally online, as well as nominate for local govt selections and the NEC. It was defeated by one vote. Your new leadership does not want our CLPs meeting other than on its own narrow priorities.
There’s still time to register for our ‘Organising Resistance’ discussion with Ken Loach & Paul Laverty tonight. It starts at 7pm & should be a fantastic event, talking about films such as ‘Bread & Roses’. Find details & sign up via Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/organising-resistance-connecting-the-layers-of-struggle-tickets-111115649900
There’s still time to register for tonight’s event with the legendary @KenLoachSixteen and Paul Laverty, with stories of key front-line workers.
Organising resistance 7pm tonight ✊ #dontleaveorganise https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/organising-resistance-connecting-the-layers-of-struggle-tickets-111115649900
Fantastic evening ahead tonight.
Join us with Ken Loach and Paul Lafferty to discuss Ken's powerful film "Bread and Roses".
Free tickets via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/organising-resistance-connecting-the-layers-of-struggle-tickets-111115649900
Thanks to @dontleave_org for organising.
Four unions issued a statement warning of “factional manoeuvring” of the @UKLabour ahead of today’s NEC meeting. A statement from @ASLEFunion , @bfawu1 , @fbunational & @unitetheunion. We agree. RT if you do too:
Yep. In the end, we have to do it ourselves. #DontLeaveOrganise
Politics isn’t all about waiting for a great leader to come and shepherd us to the promised land. We have to get there ourselves. Which is difficult and daunting.
Today's the last day for National Policy Forum (NPF) submissions. @TheCosmosUK1 have done an outstanding job in pulling together the information that members need to support socialist policies in @UKLabour. It's not too late to contribute. All the details: https://www.thecosmos.org.uk/reading
So much of this interview is nonsense, showing a worrying lack of understanding, but what’s really obvious is how desperate Starmer is to please the establishment, to the extent of throwing the incredible #BlackLivesMatter movement under the bus. Shame.
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Four unions have issued a statement warning of “factional manoeuvring” of the Labour Party ahead of today’s NEC meeting.
The NEC is being asked to change the way CLP reps are elected to the Single Transferable Vote system, which critics fear will lead to splitting the left vote.
A statement from ASLEF, BFAWU, FBU and Unite reads:
"As Labour-affiliated trade unions we throw our full support behind the ordinary Labour members who have been forced to speak out to prevent a reckless move to reshape how our party is run while most members’ backs are turned.
“There are legitimate differing views on how internal elections should be run, but our party conference is and always has been the appropriate place for these debates to be resolved openly and fully.
“Many of our Labour-supporting members have been working on the front lines of an unprecedented and deadly pandemic and the composition of the Labour Party national executive will be far from their minds. Factional manoeuvring during such an extraordinary time undermines Keir Starmer’s firm commitment to lead a plural, broad church party.
“Now more than ever we need a united Labour movement that turns its energy outward to demand a response to this crisis that puts working people first.”
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