Labour Party

Labour activists demand neurodiversity policy - support the reference back!

Labour Party policy is a set of measures that the Party campaigns for in society and would implement in government to better the lives of working class and oppressed people. A good example of this would be actions to end discrimination against neurologically atypical people. So it is shocking and disappointing that despite a comprehensive and popular submission to the National Policy Forum (NPF) on this issue, the NPF report contains not a word about it. Millions of people are autistic, dyslexic, dyspraxic, dyscalculic or otherwise neurodivergent. We experience systematic discrimination and...

PR it not a shortcut round class struggle

In my Constituency Labour Party (CLP), when we discussed which motion to prioritise for Labour Party conference, much of the left argued that a motion calling for Proportional Representation (PR) was the most important, more important than my class-struggle “Build Back Fairer” motion. The PR proposal was, so they argued, the door which opened the way to everything advocated in the other motions. After all, the Tories’ current parliamentary majority, won through First Past the Post (FPTP), comes despite them holding a minority vote share. With a more democratic electoral system, we wouldn’t be...

A balance sheet of "Corbynism"

Just over a year after Jeremy Corbyn was elected, in September 2016, the new Labour Leader addressed the Burston Strike Rally in Norfolk.

The left challenge in Brighton

The victory of left candidates for the constituency reps on the Labour Party’s Conference Arrangements Committee, announced on 13 August, suggests that the left, in the broadest definition, still has some majority in the constituencies. The recent Unite and GMB elections have brought in new general secretaries who are ambiguous or evasive about how those unions should tilt their weight within Labour’s conference and National Executive Committee (NEC), but who yet may, given pressure from union activists, swing left on issues. And Unison’s NEC now has a left majority for the first time ever -...

Edinburgh Central sends radical "global climate justice" policy to Labour conference

Republished from Momentum Internationalists Edinburgh Central Constituency Labour Party has decided to send the "Global Climate Justice" motion which left activists successfully put forward in Momentum's policy primary to Labour conference (see text below). Vijay, the the CLP's Political Education Officer and one of its conference delegates, explained why Edinburgh Central wanted to call for democratic public control in the financial sector: "Regulation simply isn't enough - we need to nationalise the banks and financial sector because we cannot allow that much capital and power to remain in...

Rally the unions against Labour stitch-ups!

As Labour Party conference approaches (25-9 September, Brighton), Keir Starmer’s assault on Labour democracy has accelerated. In the run-up to and following the National Executive Committee’s ban on four organisations, dozens or hundreds of left-wingers have been expelled or suspended from the party, often on the most tenuous charges, and with no or little due process. A string of CLPs (local Labour Parties) have had elections for conference delegates manipulated to ensure pro-Starmer delegates. Activists will challenge the conference confirmation (usually a formality) for the appointed...

Oppose Labour's new wave of purges! Defend due process!

On 13 August the Labour Party started sending out letters threatening people with "Automatic Exclusion from Membership of the Labour Party" under the terms of the "ban" on four groups decided by Labour's National Executive (NEC) on 20 July. The recipients were given seven days to show they weren't associated with any of the four groups. The well-known film director Ken Loach refused to attempt to show that, and has been expelled. Labour HQ responded that it would "not comment on individual cases". In other words, there is no due process. Imagine a legal system under which you could be jailed...

Two Labour left rallies

Two online rallies of the left have been organised in the run-up to Labour conference: by Arise (Labour Assembly Against Austerity and others) on 11 September, and by Don’t Leave Organise, Campaign for Labour Party Democracy, Fire Brigades Union, Bakers’ Union and others on 18 September. We understand the second may also include a physical meeting. The DLO-CLPD meeting is announced with a joint statement negotiated over a period between 16 groups of the Labour left, and seems to be aimed at producing a better mechanism than the Centre-Left Grassroots Alliance for agreeing “left slates” for...

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