At the AWL summer school in July 2006, John McDonnell MP, Maria Exall and Sean Matgamna debated "Blair, new Labour's crisis and the fight for working class representation". Hear John McDonnell's speech by downloading this MP3 file.
Labour Representation Committee
Over 100 people attended the rally to launch John McDonnell's leadership campaign in Manchester last Thursday. The platform included Tony Benn, Alice Mahon and Jeremy Dear, General Secretary of the NUJ.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
There are times when politics is in flux, when resolute action, or, alternatively, gutless inaction, shapes the future. Now is such a time.
Tony Blair’s “retirement agenda”, what he wants to do in his last period as prime minister, is thoroughly reactionary.
By Colin Foster
IT is eighteen years now since the last open and direct challenge to the ever-more-right-wing leadership in the Labour Party. We have paid a very high price - in lack of overall political perspective for struggles on different issues, in demobilisation of activists, and in the growth among the general public of the idea that all politics is a waste of time — for those 18 years of deference.
Edited extracts from a statement issued by Labour Party socialists after the local council elections...
“A string of policies have turned our own supporters against us. From the Education Bill, privatisation of public services, the cuts in the NHS to the war in Iraq, we’ve alienated our natural supporters.
Motion passed at AWL conference 29-30 April 2006.
The Labour Representation Committee (LRC) is a movement formed by trade unionists and socialists to fight for the principle of labour representation within the Labour Party, the unions and parliament. As of 2005, four unions - the post and telecom workers' CWU, the railworkers' RMT, the firefighters' FBU, and the bakers - are affiliated.
By Chris Ford and Pat Markey
Over 300 people attended the conference on working-class political representation sponsored by the rail union RMT on 21 January, and another 100 or so were unable to get in because the hall at Friends Meeting House in London was full.
By Rhodri Evans
The Socialist Party has launched a “Campaign for a New Workers’ Party”.