STOP MESSING AROUND! Come to the Left Platform meeting on 7 February. [continue...]
Time to Change Course A group of 15 Labour MPs have issued a public statement on January 26th, expressing concern about elements of Labour’s policy agenda, and urging a change of course in three key areas. The letter – signed by MPs on the left of the Parliamentary Labour Party – calls for an alternative to Labour’s current deficit reduction plans, public ownership of the railways and a return to collective bargaining and employment rights in the workplace. [continue...]
Irish Water Charges and a Mass Campaign of Opposition
By Finn Geaney, Delegate to Dublin Council of Trade Unions
and Jimmy Kelly, Member of Executive Council of the Technical, Engineering & Electrical Union [continue...]
Saturday February 7th 2015 from 11am to 4pm
University of London Union, Malet Street, London WC1E 7H [continue...]
LOCAL LEADER OF MINERS’ UNION MURDERED BY SEPARATISTS IN DONBAS January 16, 2015 • by ukrainesolidaritycampaign • in KVPU, NGPU, Russo-Ukraine War [continue...]
TTIP “bigger than the Common Market agreement” House of Commons Debate on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership January 15th 2015 [continue...]
MIKE MARQUSEE Jeremy Corbyn MP remembers a comrade. It is so very sad that Mike has died. I saw him the night before he died as he was ebbing away. [continue...]
Charlie Hebdo Statement by the EC of the LRC The appalling brutal murders of staff working on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo last week by extreme reactionary Islamists must be condemned unequivocally. We send solidarity to all socialists and progressive thinkers in France and across the globe in support of the determination never to be intimidated from freely expressing criticism of institutions, religious or political. [continue...]
Death by Sanction Tim Salter was found hanged by his sister Linda Cooksey at his home in September 2014. He had been sanctioned by the notorious firm ATOS. That means his incapacity benefit had been cut off from December 2012 on the grounds that he was a scrounger, not seriously looking for work. Tim was penniless, as the inquest found out. [continue...]
Why A & E Chaos? An open letter from an A&E Consultant to David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt. 7th January 2015 [continue...]
Say No to Zero Hours Contracts LRC Members in London started the year on January 2nd with a campaign against zero hours contracts at Sports Direct in Brent Cross. [continue...]
Snap Greek elections: The beginning of the end of European austerity? By Manuel Cortes [continue...]
Aamer’s Continued Detention Shames Our Society Letter to ‘Guardian’ 23 December 2014 [continue...]
Labour Left Platform
Appeal from John McDonnell
I am writing to invite you to participate in a roundtable meeting I have convened on Saturday 7th February 2015, whose aim is to bring together Left MPs, PPCs, Left Trade Union Representatives, Elected Local Government Members, representatives from Left Labour organisations, and a number of key Left academics, policy analysts, commentators and activists to discuss and determine the key bottom lines in policy terms that we will be campaigning for Labour to adopt in Government and as base lines in any coalition negotiations if Labour goes down that road.
If the outcome of the National Policy Forum is anything to go by, Labour’s Manifesto is likely to be light on significant policy commitments that most on the Left would consider vital not just to address the needs of our society but also to mobilise the support we need to be elected.
Many MPs, Candidates and activists will want to campaign for a more radical agenda of policies and many people will look to Labour to have any chance of their implementation in government.
We would argue that there is no contradiction in standing on Labour’s eventual official Manifesto and advocating the policies that we would want a Labour Government to implement. We would be simply campaigning democratically for Labour to go further when in office.
The reason for trying to assemble a broad Left policy based coalition prior to the election is that many voters will want to know that there are people within Labour that are arguing for real Labour policies and that by voting Labour there is still a hope that these policies will be implemented.
n addition, if Labour does end up negotiating a programme in any form of coalition, the Left should not allow itself to be ignored and should have its own policy bottom lines for any negotiations.
The meeting is from 11am to 4pm at ULU, Malet Street, London WC1E 7H.
I do hope that you will be able to participate in the meeting. It would be helpful if you could confirm by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss this further.
John McDonnell MP [continue...]
Warrington: Anti-Cuts Councillor Gagged Councillor Kevin Bennett of Warrington Borough Council, was previously suspended from the Labour Group for voting against cuts, Councillor Bennett is now threatened with the extension of this ban for the “crime” of speaking to the local press. [continue...]
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