From LRC member Jon Rogers: It’s great to see Tory cutters and their Lib Dem hangers on paying the price at the ballot box - but socialists have to be honest - last weeks’ local election results are not good enough - and in some respects they are worrying. [continue...]
Secret City screening & Filmmakers Q&A 1.40pm–4.30pm, Sat 25 May, Brighthelm Centre, Brighton. [continue...]
Please ask your local MP to sign this EDM.
Early day motion 683 - US CONGRESS BILLS ON CHILD POVERTY AND MOTHERS’ CARING WORK
That this House welcomes two bills presently in the US Congress, the Rise Out of Poverty Act (RISE Act) and the Women’s Option to Raise Kids Act (WORK Act), which make the elimination of child poverty the first priority of welfare policy and recognise the right of all mothers, including those on welfare, to choose to raise their own children; believes that the UK would benefit from a similar policy since four million UK children, one in three, are living in poverty; notes that raising children is hard work without which society and the economy could not function; deplores that the primary carers of children, usually mothers, are demeaned as workless unless they do waged work; rejects workfare that forces mothers and others to work for well below the minimum wage to keep their benefits, inviting employers to bypass both the minimum wage and pay equity; considers that contempt for mothers presumes contempt for the children they care for; rejects attempts to limit child benefits to the first two children while dismissing additional children as extra; and reaffirms humanity’s assumption that every child is precious not only to their parents but to all society, and that every primary carer is entitled to resources and support for their invaluable caring work. John McDonnell is the primary sponsor of this EDM [continue...]
The April issue of Labour Briefing covers a summing up of the attacks on welfare benefits, the labour councillors facing discipline, protestors beating EDF and articles on Sex and the SWP, public ownership of telecoms and a two-page story on Syria and the arming of the opposition. Subscribe online. [continue...]
At Brighton Fringe 2013 - Presented by The Labour Representation Committee
Are Tax Dodgers the Real Scroungers?
7pm - 9.30pm, Weds 22 May, Community Base
Tax evasion, avoidance & non-collection cost £120bn while benefit fraud’s below £5bn. With tax cheats costing us so much, why do we hear so little about them? Katy Clark MP, Mark Serwotka (PCS) & Owen Jones (journalist) discuss inequalities in tax and welfare. £4/£2/ PCS FREE
Almost SOLD OUT
Contact www.brightonfringe.org for final tickets left or email firstname.lastname@example.org for returns. [continue...]
LRC conference agreed that we need to campaign in the Labour Party for more democracy and to promote LRC progressive policies. Our Labour Party Liaison Unit therefore needs Labour Party members to nominate and support people for the following elected positions at all levels of the Labour Party - officers, delegates and representatives, including:
- Branch, Constituency and Local Campaign Forum officers and delegates.
- Annual conference delegates.
- Conference Arrangements Committee (2 nominations, one must be a woman) by 21 June.
- National Constitutional Committee (one nomination) by 21 June.
- Parliamentary and Council candidates.
We also want Labour Party members to move and support in their Constituency parties:
Constitutional Amendments (rule changes) by 21 June - the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy will be publishing model rule changes soon which we will circulate.
Contemporary Resolutions to Annual Conference - which do not have to be submitted until 12 September, following publication of policy reports on 31 July and further guidance to Constituency parties in August.
If you need any further guidance please contact Gary Heather, email: email@example.com phone: 07918 170 901. [continue...]
At the Abortion Rights AGM we heard about the history of abortion laws in Ireland (and Northern Ireland), of restrictions and injunctions against pregnant girls travelling to mainland Britain and of how Savita Halappanavar fell victim to these archaic laws. [continue...]
Councillors Against the Cuts: National Meeting
Saturday 16th March 2013
To formulate a strategy for councils and councillors to oppose all government cuts in local government jobs and services with the support of anti-cuts campaigns and trade unions.
To build a labour movement campaign to defend those councillors who campaign against and refuse to implement cuts.
To set out a Labour agenda for local government [continue...]
The March 2013 issue of Labour Briefing is due out any day now. Read John McDonnell on challenging capitalism and the political status quo, Sharon Connor on Social Housing and Oliver Milne & Max Shanly on Youth, the LRC and the Labour Party. Also see Jeremy Corbyn’s analysis of the truth about Mali, Councillors against the cuts and fighting privatisation throughout the public sector. [continue...]
Model Submissions to the Labour Party Our Britain Policy Review - now available. The LRC urges you to take the opportunity of the Labour Party “Your Britain” policy review to let the Party know what you think should be in its next manifesto. Submissions on Challenge Papers can be made up to 28 February - NOW 6th March. Just follow the guidance here. After that Policy Papers will be published, with a further period of consultation up until June. Then in September, Labour Party annual conference will have a policy debate. The policy review will be ongoing and is scheduled to run up to the formulation of the Party’s general election manifesto in 2015. [continue...]
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