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Christine Shawcroft Suspended

Christine Shawcroft Suspended This decision should be challenged at all levels throughout the Party as a matter of urgency. Christine Shawcroft seems to have been suspended from membership simply for criticising the electoral court’s judgment in the Lutfur Rahman case, which is itself subject to a judicial review. Other members have also criticised this verdict and have not been penalised. It is a travesty of justice that this should happen and may well be in breach of the Party’s rules. Resolutions condemning this decision should be sent to the NEC.
Christine herself has written:
“I have just received notice of my suspension from the Labour Party - this means I can go to my branch meeting but not stand for any office, including the NEC, of course. This is because the election court commissioner ruled that I had supported Lutfur Rahman against Labour Party candidates. This is not true, my support for Lutfur is based on overturning the various miscarriages of justice he has suffered from. At no time have I publicly campaigned for him against Labour candidates.”
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Neil Findlay resignation

Neil Findlay (who stood against Murphy for Scottish Labour leader) has resigned from the Scottish Shadow Cabinet. [continue...]

That Mug

  We condemn the Labour Party for releasing the “Controls on Immigration” mug. By doing it, they have undermined campaigns that are currently taken place around the UK in the run up to the General Election. They run the risk of deflating activists who are working so hard to return the Labour Party to government. And, most importantly, they stigmatise thousands of people who have come to the UK over the generations and now call it their home.It is true that our public services are over-stretched and jobs are at a premium, but that’s the result of successive governments failing in their duty to provide for the country’s population; not the fault of migrants. So, instead of taking the easy route and playing the blame game, we need commitments from the Labour Party to fund public services, and create employment opportunities, that will meet the needs of our country’s wonderfully diverse and growing population, now and for future generations.If the leadership can’t say anything positive about the benefits of migration and can’t dispel the lies that other political parties and the media perpetuate, then they should say nothing at all. You can’t out-UKIP UKIP, and hyping up the anti-immigration rhetoric plays straight into Nigel Farage’s hands. We urge all those within the labour movement to disassociate themselves from the message this mug sends out. As Diane Abbott MP said “This shameful mug is an embarrassment. But real problem is that immigration controls are one of our 5 pledges at all “ [continue...]

Labour - lessons from the 1970s

Labour - lessons from the 1970s By Barbara Humphries In February 1974 the Labour Party won an election against the predictions of the opinion polls, having a slender majority of four over the Tories. However there was no overall majority. The Liberals held 14 seats, and other political parties including the Scottish and Welsh nationalists 23 seats between them. Labour was to govern as minority government, going to the polls later in the year, when it gained an overall majority of three. [continue...]

The Patriot Game’s a Bogey

The Patriot Game’s a Bogey This is an incisive critique of Jim Murphy’s ‘Patriot Clause’ that is being proposed (on a take it or leave it basis) to the Scottish Labour Party’s Special One Day Conference in Edinburgh on March 7th. The article is by a group of Party members in Glasgow and reflects the serious worries that many have about this massive change in the Party’s constitution. [continue...]

Support Katy Clark and Jon Lansman for Conference Arrangements Committee; Gary Heather for NCC

Support Katy Clark and Jon Lansman for Conference Arrangements Committee;
Gary Heather for NCC [continue...]

Progress - welcome to the Blairite Party-within-a-party

Progress - Welcome to the Blairite Party-within-a-party Last weekend, in the sumptuous surroundings of a Jacobean-style Victorian country mansion in the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside, New Labour enthusiasts gather for a weekend “political school“.  At £175 including overnight accommodation, two lunches, dinner, breakfast and refreshments, it’s a snip thanks to the generous sponsorship of Bell Pottinger, founded by Maggie’s favourite Ad man, and PR consutants to such eminent wealth creators as tax dodgers, Vodaphone, and stalwart defenders of media freedom, Sky. Those attending, not that they all know it, are at the heart of party within a party, a largely-covert organisation whose over-riding objective is to keep New Labour alive. [continue...]

Come to the Left Platform!

Left Platform The conference will take place on Saturday February 7th 2015 from 11am to 4pm
at the University of London Union,  Malet Street, London WC1E 7H [continue...]

Come to the Left Platform meeting on 7 February.

STOP MESSING AROUND! Come to the Left Platform meeting on 7 February. [continue...]

LEFT PLATFORM

Left Platform Saturday February 7th 2015 from 11am to 4pm
University of London Union, Malet Street, London WC1E 7H  [continue...]

A Left Platform for the Election

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

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...]

Support Left Candidates to Lead Scottish Labour

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...]

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

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...]

Scotland: Federalism -  Powers for a Purpose

The Citizen – Editorial, autumn 2014 Left unity is in practice an ambition often more praised than realised, but the vanity of small differences should play no role in the setting of our post referendum priorities. The Scottish Left will now be obliged to focus on our common interests, something which in our view can best be advanced through the vehicle of the People’s Assembly. The referendum campaign pulled many people into active politics for the first time. The fact that in the teeth of official disdain a campaign was sustained which sought, however misguidedly, to challenge the established order of things should be welcomed and its energies harnessed. It gives the lie to the convenient mythology of public indifference to politics. Instead what ordinary people are justifiably cynical about is the hollow platitudes and austerity consensus of the mainstream parties.  [continue...]

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