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Say No to Zero Hours Contracts

Trade Union Rights

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?

International solidarity

Snap Greek elections: The beginning of the end of European austerity? By Manuel Cortes [continue...]

Free Shaker Aamer

International solidarity

Aamer’s Continued Detention Shames Our Society Letter to ‘Guardian’ 23 December 2014 [continue...]

Labour Left Platform

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 leftplatform@hotmail.com. 
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss this further.
Best wishes,
John McDonnell MP [continue...]

Warrington: Anti-Cuts Councillor Gagged

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...]

Chancellor’s Autumn Statement: Glitter and Baubles can’t Mask Failure

Chancellor’s Autumn Statement: Glitter and Baubles can’t Mask Failure The economy is weakening, and the recovery that most people haven’t yet felt is fading fast. Six months out from a general election this Autumn Statement offered glitter and baubles but little of substance. [continue...]

A Left Platform for the Election

Labour's Future

A Left Platform for the Election

John McDonnell MP A common policy platform seems to be emerging across the left in advance of the General Election. It was echoed at the packed LRC AGM earlier this month.  [continue...]

A Left Platform for the Election

Labour's Future

A Left Platform for the Election

John McDonnell MP A common policy platform seems to be emerging across the left in advance of the General Election. It was echoed at the packed LRC AGM earlier this month.  [continue...]

East Coast Main Line Outrage

Action For Rail

East Coast Main Line: Passengers and Taxpayers to be Looted by Private Sector Firms [continue...]

Katy Clark, candidate for Deputy Leader of Scottish Labour, speaks out

Katy Clark, candidate for Deputy Leader of Scottish Labour, speaks out ABANDONING NEW LABOUR FOR GOOD CAN WIN LABOUR 37% MORE SUPPORT [continue...]

Police Involvement in Blacklisting

Police Involvement in Blacklisting Subject : Full text of letter John McDonnell MP sent to Teresa May [continue...]

Elected

Elected The following were elected at our AGM on November 8th: Chair: John McDonnell (unopposed)
Vice Chairs: Val Graham
              Clare Wadey
Treasurer: Graham Bash (unopposed)
Political Secretary: Pete Firmin
Administrator: Michael Calderbank/Ian Ilett (job share) (unopposed)
Membership Secretary: Norrette Moore (unopposed)
Web Manager: Mick Brooks (unopposed) [continue...]

Support Left Candidates to Lead Scottish Labour

Labour's Future

Support Left Candidates to Lead Scottish Labour Dear All, I’m writing to you because although - like me - you won’t have a vote in the Scottish Labour leadership votes, you do share a wish to see Labour move to the left. [continue...]

Lobby, Lobby, Lobby

Lobby, Lobby, Lobby 1. Lobbying your MP to oppose the criminalisation of sex workers’ clients - to be voted upon on Tuesday 4 November
2. Lobbying your MP to sign EDM454 in support of fair pensions for firefighters
3. Supporting the East Kent Railway Trust for lottery funding - although voting isn’t until 24 November, EKRT needs more support for its bid to remain viable.
Please take the time today to action as many of these as you feel able to.  More details below:
1. Lobby your MP to oppose the criminalisation of sex workers’ clients
Please act today to support sex workers’ safety by asking your MP not to criminalise sex workers’ clients, which will be discussed in parliament on Tuesday 4 November.  Any benefit from decriminalising loitering and soliciting will be cancelled if clients are criminalised.  Sex workers, mostly women, will have to go underground if clients are underground - this increases the risks that sex workers face as they are forced to work in more marginal areas.  Kerb-crawling legislation has already made it more dangerous for sex workers.  Kerb-crawling legislation was introduced in Scotland in October 2007, since when the number of assaults on sex workers has soared.  For example, the attacks reported to one project almost doubled in one year from 66 to 126.
Full details together with a model letter drafted by the English Collective of Prostitutes are available via http://prostitutescollective.net/2014/10/30/urgent-mps-trying-criminalise-clients/

2. Lobby your MP to sign EDM454 in support of fair pensions for firefighters
The FBU has provided a template letter which you can send to your MP to urge them to support EDM 454 and oppose the Coalition’s proposals on firefighters’ pensions.  Whether you are able to get out to support a local picket or not, please do take the time to send this letter to your MP as soon as possible.  Full details are available viahttp://www.fbu.org.uk/resources/lobby-mp-firefighters-pensions-template-letter/

3. Support East Kent Railway Trust for the Lottery funding
Please support and share East Kent Railway Trust’s bid for lottery funding. EKRT is an initiative backed by Kent NUM to provide jobs and skills to unemployed young people from Kent’s former mining communities.  Although the vote isn’t until 24 November, EKRT needs your support now.  Please register on the website http://www.peoplesmillions.org.uk/ .  After receiving your registration email, please sign-in and return to http://www.peoplesmillions.org.uk/2014-finalists/meridian-east/ekrt-prepare-for-steam and support the EKRT project in the Meridian East area.
When you’ve finished, please forward this to anyone you know who may also take action.
Thanks to Sussex LRC Website: http://sussexlrc.com/ [continue...]

Nominate Neil Findlay for Leader and Katy Clark MP for Deputy Leader

Labour's Future

Nominate Neil Findlay for Leader and Katy Clark MP for Deputy Leader Urgent – Please Contact your Labour parliamentarians calling on them to nominate Katy Clark MP for Deputy Leader of the Scottish LabourParty! [continue...]

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