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Labour's new mass members need to organise

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Martin Thomas

Peace within the Labour Party is unlikely. The right wing, the MPs, and the unelected party machine inherited from the old regime are still out to stop the left-wing surge at rank-and-file level, and they still have great power.

Most Labour Party members and trade unionists hoped that the Labour Party conference in Liverpool (24-28 September) would be a means of reuniting the labour movement behind Jeremy Corbyn, who as expected was re-elected leader with a bigger vote and a bigger majority.

The right wing, the MPs, and the unelected party machine inherited from the old regime are still out to stop the left-wing surge at rank-and-file level, and they still have great power.

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Organise young Corbyn supporters!

Opinion polls show the 18-24 age group as the only one in which Jeremy Corbyn, after the summer's battering by the media and the Labour right, is more popular than Theresa May.

Yet another poll, done by YouGov, showed the 18-24 age range as one of the very few subgroups of Labour Party membership in which Owen Smith outpolled Corbyn.

Young people supporting Corbyn and left-wing policies have not been signed up and organised, or not anywhere near sufficiently.

The 18-24 age range was one of the very few subgroups of Labour Party membership in which Owen Smith outpolled Corbyn - because young Corbyn supporters have not been organised.

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Defend freedom of movement!

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Colin Foster

According to the media, the Labour Party conference did not discuss Brexit. In fact, though, it passed a motion from the TSSA union which:

"Recognises that many of those who voted to leave the EU were expressing dissatisfaction with EU or national policy and were voting for change, but believes that unless the final settlement proves to be acceptable then the option of retaining EU membership should be retained. The final settlement should therefore be subject to approval, through parliament and potentially through a general election, or a referendum".

Labour conference passed a motion demanding a democratic verdict on the terms of Brexit

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Tubeworker - 29/09/2016: Gear Up For Strikes!

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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.

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A reply to Labour First on party unity

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Daniel Randall

In its statement following the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader, the "moderate" faction Labour First set out a number of preconditions for effective unity within the party. As these discussions are likely to continue in the party for some time, the statement merits a response.

Condition 1: “As well as Jeremy’s newly renewed, legitimate mandate, the respective and sometimes competing legitimate mandates of the Deputy Leader, MPs, the NEC, the NPF and so  on are recognised”.

The moderate Labour Party faction "Labour First" has published a series of conditions which it says the Corbyn leadership must meet in order to "earn" unity within the party.

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Socialist policies can beat the Tories

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Editorial

According to the YouGov polling company, Jeremy Corbyn has a negative rating of minus 29%. It is hardly surprising, given the media-boosted torrent of bad-mouthing of him by people who are supposed to be Labour politicians.

Socialist policies can win elections and change the world.

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Dispatches attacks Workers' Liberty

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Cathy Nugent

In the video above Sacha Ismail explains why he was secretly filmed by Dispatches, the politics behind the programme — distrust of socialist ideas, and what Workers' Liberty stand for.

Channel Four slurs against Workers' Liberty and Momentum + explainer video.

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Junior doctors restart action

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Charlotte Zalens

Junior doctors will strike over the government’s imposition of an unfair, and unsafe contract on 5, 6, 7, and 10-11 October.Further five-day, all-out strikes on 14-18 November and 5-9 December are planned if the imposition of the contract is not halted.

A number of Constituency Labour Parties have submitted a motion on the NHS to Labour Party conference (24-28 September). The motion would commit Labour to “wholeheartedly supporting junior doctors’ and health workers’ fight to defend themselves and the NHS.”

Junior doctors will strike over the government’s imposition of an unfair, and unsafe contract on 5, 6, 7, and 10-11 October.Further five-day, all-out strikes on 14-18 November and 5-9 December are planned if the imposition of the contract is not halted.

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Tories plan Great Wall of Calais

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Theodora Polenta

On 7 September, Britain's immigration minister, Robert Goodwill, announced that the government will build a four-metre-high wall for about one kilometre along the main port highway in Calais, France, to prevent refugees or immigrants boarding lorries to cross the Channel.

Construction will cost about £1.9 million, will start this month and is to be completed by the end of year. "Many continue to pass [the border]," said Goodwill, speaking to a parliamentary committee. "We have raised fences, now we will raise the wall."

Britain's immigration minister, Robert Goodwill, has announced that the government will build a four-metre-high wall for about one kilometre along the main port highway in Calais, France, to prevent refugees or immigrants boarding lorries to cross the Channel.

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Don’t bring back the 11-plus!

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Patrick Yarker and Clive Larkin

Any expansion of grammar schools in England will be a mechanism for intensifying social divisions.

The arrival of any new secondary school alters the local educational ecology. The arrival of an entirely selective school has a particularly damaging effect. It drastically recasts the intake of all other schools in an area, and at a stroke turns them, however they are named, into secondary moderns.

Any expansion of grammar schools in England will be a mechanism for intensifying social divisions.

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Corbyn’s environment policy: radical and visionary

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Todd Hamer
Jeremy Corbyn’s Environment and Energy policy is a fleshed out version of the policy he announced last year. It shows Corbyn at his most radical and visionary. Anyone who cares about the future of human civilisation should read it and rally to the Labour Party to make it a reality.

Jeremy Corbyn’s Environment and Energy policy is a fleshed out version of the policy he announced last year. It shows Corbyn at his most radical and visionary. Anyone who cares about the future of human civilisation should read it and rally to the Labour Party to make it a reality.

Corbyn’s broad vision is to solve the climate crisis whilst maintaining 21st century level of material wealth and abundance. His proposed National Investment bank will provide £500 billion of investment, creating 300,000 green jobs that will “accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy”.

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Tax the billionaires!

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Editorial

The EU, after a long investigation, found on 30 August that Apple has evaded $13 billion (£10 billion) in taxes. That’s just Apple. The EU has also ordered Starbucks to pay €30 million to the Netherlands, and is likely to order Amazon to pay €400 million to Luxemburg.

The EU, after a long investigation, found on 30 August that Apple has evaded $13 billion (£10 billion) in taxes.

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"Fight for socialism" T-shirts

As seen in (and hated by) the Daily Mail!

A limited number of Workers' Liberty T-shirts which read "make capitalism history, fight for socialism" are still available.

Unfortunately, we only have sizes small and medium unisex left. A size guide can be found here.

Buy one of our limited edition "fight for socialism" T-shirts!

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Owen Smith, the AWL and “left anti-semitism”

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Cathy Nugent

On BBC Question Time (Labour leadership debate, 8 September) Owen Smith, in the stream-of-consciousness style that has come to typify Smith's approach to political debate, links the Alliance for Workers' Liberty (as part of the “hard left in our Party” “flooding into the Party”) to those on the left who “associate anti-Zionism, anti-imperialism”, “anti-Israel” perspectives (sic). That is, he implicitly called us anti-semitic.

This incoherent tirade against the “hard left” was a disgraceful intervention into an important issue that deserves serious, well-informed debate.

Owen Smith misrepresents "left anti-semitism" and smears AWL's record on this issue.

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The biggest opening for some time

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Gerry Bates

A meeting of a number of readers of Solidarity from across the country on 3 September discussed the ferment in the Labour Party set off by the right wing's attempted coup in June, and the leadership election for which the ballot closes on 21 September. Gerry Bates reports on some of the
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There is a new surge of life. In general, Momentum groups are holding bigger meetings, finding new people. Despite the fact that the apparatus has tried to stop local Labour Parties meeting, many of these people want to be active in Labour.

What's going on in the Corbyn surge.

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Labour’s leadership contest and after

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Editorial

The political movement around Jeremy Corbyn is part of a global context which also includes the Sanders movement in America, the rise of Syriza and Podemos in Greece and Spain, and, in earlier and more ephemeral forms, the Spanish Indignados movement and the Occupy movements across the world. On the right, the Trump movement, the rise of Ukip, and “Brexit”, are also expressions of some of the same phenomena: the effects of capitalist globalisation, long-term neo-liberal economic policy, and specifically the 2007/8 crash.

The Corbyn movement represents an opportunity to transform our labour movement, but only if the hundreds of thousands activated by it are persuaded to consciously commit themselves to that task.

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“Expelled for being a socialist”

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Daniel Randall

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.

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

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Bakers' Union
Ronnie Draper, BFAWU General Secretary, responds to his suspension from the Labour Party.

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?

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"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.

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