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Re-elect Corbyn, stop the purge!

Author: 

Daniel Randall

An expelled Labour Party members writes...

It appears I've been expelled from the Labour Party... again. I first joined the party in 2006, and was a member continuously until almost exactly a year ago when I was summarily expelled. I was formally reinstated a few months later, and have been active member ever since. Until now.

An expelled Labour Party member writes on their recent expulsion.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Ronnie Draper: "This will not stop the Bakers' Union from campaigning politically"

Author: 

Bakers' Union

Ronnie Draper, General Secretary of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union, has been suspended from the Labour Party. He spoke to Solidarity (forthcoming issue). Official statements also printed below.

Do you think the Labour Party machine might have bitten off more than it can chew by suspending you?

Ronnie Draper, BFAWU General Secretary, responds to his suspension from the Labour Party

Trade Unions: 

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

"The idea that Jeremy is unelectable is a myth"

Christine Shawcroft, who was recently re-elected to Labour's National Executive Committee, spoke to Solidarity in a personal capacity.

What difference will the victory for the left slate for Labour's National Executive make?

When we won the decision to put Jeremy Corbyn on the leadership ballot paper the left won by four votes. The election makes a difference of two votes, and so some decisions will now not be so tight.

What are your priorities on the NEC?

An interview with Christine Shawcroft, Labour Party National Executive Committee.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

"Right-wing Labour MPs fear Corbyn is electable" - an interview with Ian Hodson

The press and media are in full flow, backing the right-wing Labour MPs telling us Jeremy Corbyn is unelectable. And yet Corbyn’s core support in the Party turns out in thousands to cheer him on. Why is Corbyn so popular?

Labour is a growing force – thousands are joining - because Corbyn’s message appeals to a broad section of society, people who have been excluded from the system, people who feel disenfranchised. Corbyn seems to be speaking out for us.

An inteview with Ian Hodson, President of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Trade Unions: 

"How to fight elections" - the story of a class-struggle socialist Labour Party election campaign, in Wallasey, 1987

How to fight elections is the story of Labour's election campaign in Wallasey, Merseyside, in 1987, when sacked shipyard worker and Workers' Liberty supporter Lol Duffy came within 300 votes of unseating Tory minister Linda Chalker - despite a virulent campaign by the press and sabotage by the right wing of the Labour Party. Includes the story of the campaign, pictures and a roundtable discussion between key participants.

Workers' Liberty's 1987 pamphlet telling the story of that year's election campaign in Wallasey, Merseyside, in which revolutionary socialist worker Lol Duffy came within 300 votes of defeating Tory minister Linda Chalker.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Publications: 

Heidi Alexander should cut the "ordinary MP" routine

Author: 

Cathy Nugent
Alexander claims to expose Corbyn's incompetence, but only succeeds in exposing her own lack of honesty

In an article in the Guardian and on their website Heidi Alexander claims to be an ordinary constituency MP, driven only by a desire to serve when asked to be part of the Shadow Cabinet and consequently was shocked by the lack of professionalism in Corbyn's cabinet. In particular, she was upset by John McDonnell's attempts to undermine her with parallel policy-making on the NHS.

The Alliance for Workers’ Liberty: who we are, what we do

The Alliance for Workers’ Liberty aims to build a movement which can replace capitalism, the current economic and social system based on class division and exploitation, with a new society based on consistent democracy, collective ownership and solidarity – socialism.

The Alliance for Workers’ Liberty aims to transform the labour movement so we can replace capitalism, the current economic and social system based on class division and exploitation, with a new society based on consistent democracy, collective ownership and solidarity – socialism.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Two letters on "Trotskyist infiltration"

Author: 

Daniel Randall

Two letters replying to articles in the Guardian, on alleged "Trotskyist infiltration" into the Labour Party, both by Daniel Randall (Islington South and Finsbury CLP and supporter of the Alliance for Workers' Liberty).

Two letters replying to articles in the Guardian about claims of "Trotskyist infiltration" into the Labour Party.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

What is Tom Watson's problem with Workers' Liberty?

Author: 

Cathy Nugent
Answering Tom Watson's latest "scandal" about the AWL.

Tom Watson has posted some AWL material on his Facebook page in an attempt to revitalise and justify his tiresome scare stories about Trotskyism. In the Observer (14 August) Corbyn gently slapped Watson down, calling his claims of Trotskyist entryism into Labour, “nonsense”. Corbyn’s basic point seems unassailable: there are few Trotskyists and a great many new members, so why make a fuss?

Oppose Tom Watson's witch-hunt!

Author: 

Cathy Nugent
The Labour right are scared of the Corbyn movement, so they attack Trotskyism.

The anti-Corbyn majority in the Parliamentary Labour Party is losing the battle for the Labour leadership.

The membership – seemingly, in its big majority - wants a Labour Party which will tax the rich, rebuild the NHS, introduce free education and abolish the anti-union laws. The members want to remake Labour as a party that fights for the interests of workers.

Towards a national rail strike, and a labour-movement campaign for public ownership

This article was written before the recent suspension of the strikes on Southern. For comment on that, click here.


By a rail worker

Recent and ongoing disputes across several train companies represent the most significant levels of workers' struggle in the railway industry for some time.

Southern

Trade Unions: 

"A vibrant movement, uniting the membership": interview with Rhea Wolfson, Labour NEC-elect

Rhea Wolfson, newly elected socialist member of the Labour Party's National Executive Committee, spoke to Solidarity.

Congratulations on your election to Labour’s NEC. What do you see as your priorities now?

An interview with newly elected socialist member of the Labour Party National Executive Rhea Wolfson.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Publications: 

Tubeworker - 27/07/2016: Time For Action!

Author: 

Tubeworker

The latest edition of Tubeworker, an industrial bulletin for London Underground workers, by London Underground workers.

Click here to download the PDF.

The latest edition of Tubeworker, an industrial bulletin for London Underground workers, by London Underground workers.

Publications: 

The Labour Party struggle - dealing with abuse

There is no doubt that many on the Labour right are cynically inventing and exaggerating stories of abuse within the party as part of their war against Corbyn and members. The left must fight this, but not downplay the importance of challenging sexism, homophobia and other forms of bigotry in the labour movement.

There is no doubt that many on the Labour right are cynically inventing, exaggerating and manipulating stories of abuse within the party as part of their war against Corbyn and on members’ rights and democracy. The left must fight this. It must simultaneously be careful not to deny that people on the left can ever be guilty of abuse, or downplay the crucial, even decisive, importance of challenging sexism, homophobia and other forms of bigotry in the labour movement.

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The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Jeremy Corbyn: "I want to hear your ideas"

Jeremy Corbyn's latest leaflet, in which he sets out six key policies for the Labour leadership campaign, calls for people to send in policy and campaigning proposals: "I want to hear your ideas".

Labour movement organisations should send policy and campaigning ideas into the Corbyn leadership campaign.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Re-elect Corbyn - fight to transform the labour movement

The labour movement faces a dramatic choice. Either the Labour Party will be reclaimed by its right wing (covered by the soft left), the progress we have made over the last year in reviving a political labour movement will be halted and reversed, and there will be a purge of the left — or Jeremy Corbyn will be re-elected and big possibilities will open up for moving forward further and faster.

We are in the fight of our lives. We need to strain every muscle to win, but also begin to prepare the next steps for transforming our movement.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Trade Unions: 

Publications: 

Labour leadership facts

Author: 

Dale Street

Between 1997 and 2010 Labour Party membership collapsed by 60% (407,000 to 185,000). Slight increase under Miliband. At time of 2015 General Election: 201,000 members.

Party is now biggest social-democratic party in Europe.

During 2015 leadership contest 116,000 new members joined. Between 12th September (Corbyn’s election) and end of year another 87,000 new members joined. By January 2016 party had 388,000 members.

Number of new Labour Party members in 2015 greater than the entire membership of the Conservative Party.

A briefing on issues in the Labour leadership election.

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The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Why Corbyn's campaign is a threat to New Labour "old guard"

Author: 

Frank Andrews

In the last few days, the right-wing of the Labour Party, through the National Executive Committee, have launched a full-frontal and brazen attack on democracy in the Labour Party to try and prevent Corbyn getting an easy ride into the leadership elections.

First the NEC ruled that only members who had joined before 12 January will be eligible to vote in the leadership contest. The vote on this ruling was won at the same meeting Corbyn was declared on the ballot, but only after he and a couple of his allies had left the room.

Attacks on Labour democracy in the leadership election show how right-wing want to destroy a left-wing voice.

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