Labour Party

Locking horns with the Tory government SJW Tue, 01/16/2018 - 19:59
Clay Cross

Rosalind Robson begins a two-part article on the 1972 struggle over council house rents in the Derbyshire town of Clay Cross.

Clay Cross Labour council’s defiance in the face of a Tory government which wanted to increase council house rents, and the council’s determination to keep rents low, is a landmark event in British labour movement history and deserves to be better known.

Fighting the cuts with Council Tax hikes? SJW Tue, 01/16/2018 - 19:56
Mansion

The departure of Chris Williamson as a shadow minister has been explained by Williamson and others around the Labour leadership as either a conflict over principle or the removal of a maverick left-winger.

It is true that Williamson has spoken out on other issues outside his brief as Shadow Fire Minister, in his weekly online videos. Most recently he advocated rises in council tax for more expensive homes.

After the Labour NEC win, resist the blackmail

Submitted by SJW on 16 January, 2018 - 7:37 Author: Editorial
Lansman BBC

The left’s decisive victory in the election for the three new places on the Labour Party National Executive has produced sharp reactions in the press.

Most of the reports read like press releases for Labour’s right-wing fringe, with quotations from Progress officials and right-wing MPs denouncing Momentum and demanding that the left, having won, behaves as if it has lost. The Times, always more candid and more daring in its attitude to Labour’s rank and file, called explicitly for any Labour MP who is deselected to resign and fight by-elections as independents!

Corbyn is right on BDS Matthew Wed, 01/10/2018 - 12:52

In response to a tweet from Labour MP Kate Osamor supporting the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn clarified his own position on Israel/Palestine.

He made clear, again, that he supports an end to Israeli occupation and a genuine two-states settlement; an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel. He also reiterated that while he supports targeted boycotts of settlement produce, he does not support a blanket boycott of Israel.

Taking on the “zombie” academies

Submitted by Matthew on 10 January, 2018 - 12:41 Author: Pat Murphy, National Education Union Executive, personal capacity
Academies protest

The Tories’ flagship education policy, the drive to make all schools academies, is floundering. As an explicit goal enshrined in legislation “forced academisation” was defeated before it developed any real momentum.

Iranian workers push for regime change

Submitted by Matthew on 10 January, 2018 - 11:33
Iran protest

Editorial from Solidarity 458

Beginning on Thursday 28 December around 80 Iranian cities and towns saw a wave of demonstrations, amounting to the biggest protest against Iran’s authoritarian Islamist political system since the 2009 "Green" reform movement.

This has been a tremendous revolt with the issue of working-class livelihood at the centre. A revolt against years of super-exploitation and a vicious regime which exists to enrich itself and boost its own power.

Why we need to stop Brexit Matthew Wed, 01/10/2018 - 11:08
Stop Brexit

The resignation of the Blairite Lord Adonis from his position as adviser to the Tory government has shown the issue of Brexit, and whether or not to try and stop it, is not over in the Labour Party.

A new survey has suggested that allegedly 78% of Labour members want Brexit to be stopped or at least want a second referendum.

Jeremy Corbyn is right on BDS

Submitted by SJW on 22 December, 2017 - 12:42 Author: Ira Berkovic
PSC demo

In response to a tweet from Labour MP Kate Osamor supporting the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn clarified his own position on Israel/Palestine.

He made clear, again, that he supports an end to Israeli occupation and a genuine two-states settlement; an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel. He also reiterated that while he supports targeted boycotts of settlement produce, he does not support a blanket boycott of Israel.

RCG back Progress to win in Haringey

Submitted by SJW on 19 December, 2017 - 1:38 Author: Nollaig MacLaverty

Much has been written about the right-wing press’s wrong-headed coverage of the battle against the Haringey Development Vehicle, with its focus on a supposed “Momentum takeover” of the Labour Party obscuring some of the wider housing issues underneath.

We have a new contender now, however, for most boneheaded analysis, and the odds are on that the Revolutionary Communist Group (RCG) will win the prize.

Left gains at regional conferences Matthew Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:18

Labour Party Regional Conferences were held in November in both London and in Blackpool in the North West and, from thereports, represent a step forward for the left of the party.

Regional Labour Parties remain powerful, with regional directors empowered to oversee selections and regulate other democratic functions of Local Campaign Forums (LCFs) and CLPs. That is why it is important that the bodies elected to hold regional bureaucracies accountable, the Regional Boards, are comprised of left-wing and democratic-minded board members.