The Greek referendum: a quick response By Mick Brooks Five months ago the left wing party Syriza was elected on a wave of enthusiasm to form the new Greek government on a clear anti-austerity platform. The Greek people have suffered a decline of a quarter of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) since recession struck in 2009. This is as big a disaster as the USA suffered in the Great Depression of 1929-33. Unemployment stands at 25% and nearly half of all young people are without a job. [continue...]
JEREMY CORBYN - IN HIS OWN WORDS What concretely does Jeremy Corbyn stand for? Heiko Khoo provides some insights. [continue...]
Another Way to Sign up for Jeremy You can just text to sign up as a Labour supporter and vote for Jeremy as leader. [continue...]
Kenny to be Knighted By Steve McKenzie So the General Secretary of the GMB union, who has never won a ballot of the membership, Paul Kenny is to be knighted. [continue...]
‘Daily Mirror’ poll puts Corbyn ahead of other candidates in leadership contest [continue...]
Sign up for Jeremy Now at last we have a real socialist on the leadership ballot of the Labour Party. Thousands have been enthused by his candidature. Sign them up! [continue...]
Jeremy Corbyn for Labour Leader! Well, he made it onto the ballot paper. With just two minutes to go Jeremy got the two endorsements he needed to stand as candidate for Labour leader. Labour List ran a poll: Jeremy won the support of 47% with Andy Burnham on 13%, Liz Kendall on 11%, Yvette Cooper on 9% and Mary Kreagh (who has since dropped out of the race) on just 3% support. Jeremy is the activists’ choice. If he had not been allowed to put his point of view the leadership contest would have been a mockery of Party democracy, with no real choice on offer to Labour Party members. Now it is the responsibility of us all to get behind his campaign. Remember about 40,000 members have joined Labour since the election. [continue...]
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Jeremy for Leader
A big push is needed to try and get Jeremy Corbyn on the ballot paper for the Labour Party leadership. Unfortunately, the MPs are the “gatekeepers” for the election, and 35 of them are needed to nominate them before Party members and supporters get a say.
Everybody possible needs to approach Labour MPs to nominate Jeremy. Not just your own, but others, especially those supported by your union. Get others to do the same.
MPs should be approached not just when they might be sympathetic to Jeremy’s politics, but also – even when they are not – on democratic grounds. Social media shows there is a lot of support for Jeremy amongst Party members and supporters, and it would be wrong of MPs to block their ability to show this. Even MPs who have previously expressed support for other candidates are entitled to change their minds, especially if the other candidate is already over the threshold of 35.
More information on the Jeremy Corbyn for Labour Leader Facebook page here including a model letter to MPs.
Whether or not Jeremy Corbyn gets on the ballot paper for Labour leader, there is an enormous debate to be had throughout the movement as to the lessons to be learned from Labour’s election defeat. The Radical Labour website here has many useful comments. In many areas labour movement meetings are being organised to have this discussion in which all Party and union members can have their say. [continue...]
Jeremy Corbyn’s alternative to austerity Labour Assembly Against Austerity [continue...]
Model Letter to Labour MPs:
Please nominate Jeremy Corbyn to give us the debate we need Dear ___________
I am writing to you regarding Jeremy Corbyn’s decision to seek nomination for the Labour Party leadership. Jeremy’s announcement has undoubtedly electrified the leadership race. In the first 24 hours of his campaign, he managed to secure the nominations of ten MPs, 2,800 people signed an online petition asking Labour MPs to nominate him and an incredible 10,000 people ‘liked’ the Facebook group ‘Jeremy Corbyn for Labour Leader’, more than all the other candidates put together. This is a clear indication that there is a thirst for a real debate amongst grassroots Labour Party members. It is now in Labour MP’s hands whether that debate takes place, or whether we have a leadership election where large swathes of our membership feels unrepresented and ignored.
As has been witnessed already, an election where the candidates broadly agree on the main issues only increases the public’s cynicism for the political process. It casts the Labour Party in a bad light after the shock of the general election not to be seriously discussing the issues raised by that defeat. For that honest, serious debate to happen, it is vital that Labour Party members, supporters and affiliates are able to pick from a broad range of candidates representing the full range of opinion within our party. Jeremy will stand on a platform against austerity and in favour of a democratic economy which provides housing and services for all, while arguing for a fair immigration system and in favour of nuclear disarmament and humanitarian foreign policy. On those issues, Jeremy speaks for a substantial section of the grassroots of the party. If Jeremy is unable to overcome the substantial barrier to entry and make it on to the ballot, then we will not get that choice and the quality of the debate will suffer as a result.
It is in all of our interests to have an open and extensive leadership debate, one which is about the future of our party and how we move forward, stronger together towards the next General Election in 2020. Whether Jeremy is your preferred candidate or not, there is an overwhelming case for including a voice like his in this leadership contest. At this stage, it is not necessarily about who you are voting for - and we saw in the 2010 race how many MPs ‘lent’ their nominations to candidates in order to ensure a proper debate. That can be explained to both the candidate you intended to nominate and the wider electorate. In doing so, you will be putting the future of the party at the top of your list of priorities.
If you agree with me that a serious debate is needed and are able to offer your support to Jeremy’s campaign, I would very much appreciate it if you could let me know and cc in email@example.com
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What now? Three Tasks for the left John McDonnell MP lays out a strategy for the left after Labour’s election defeat [continue...]
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