Labour Party

Renationalise the railways!

Submitted by SJW on 22 May, 2018 - 9:09 Author: Keith Road
Strike against DOO

Virgin Trains East Coast, the consortium that runs the line from London to Edinburgh and which is 90% owned by Stagecoach has had its franchise taken away.

The line is now temporarily in public ownership, renamed the London North East Railway.

This follows the consortium admitting that they had over-bid for the contract — offering £3.3 billion in order to land the contract, when they had no intention of paying this amount, or as they put it, they “discovered” they were unable to pay the amount.

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Ken Livingstone: good riddance

Submitted by SJW on 22 May, 2018 - 8:41 Author: Colin Foster

Ken Livingstone resigned from the Labour Party on 21 May. Good riddance!

He ceased to be a real left-winger decades ago, he has a clear record of high-profile antisemitic comments, and he has been aggressively persistent about them.

Yet the Labour Party is still blundering along without any open and thorough discussion of antisemitism. There are still people on the left who see nothing wrong in what Livingstone has said. Suspensions, expulsions, resignations will resolve little until we have that discussion.

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Democracy and the democracy review

Submitted by SJW on 22 May, 2018 - 8:38 Author: Will Sefton

The Labour Party Democracy Review is now in its third and final period, inviting submissions on the following issues: “Electing our Leadership, How we Make Policy and The Way We Work.”

It still remains unclear how the findings of the review will be presented and what the status is of the various rule change motions remitted last year on the advice of the National Executive, or when they will be considered.

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Reinstate Fred Leplat!

Submitted by SJW on 22 May, 2018 - 8:34 Author: Sacha Ismail

Barnet Momentum chair Fred Leplat has been expelled from the Labour Party or rather had his “membership terminated” – for a typically garbled and unjustifiable mix of “reasons”.

Fred came to the attention of the bureaucracy because he coordinated a letter signed by a range of Barnet members on Israel-Palestine and antisemitism.

The context is widespread speculation that Labour failed to win the council elections in the borough due to antisemitism.

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Lessons from 1974-9 for the next Labour government

Submitted by SJW on 22 May, 2018 - 8:13 Author: Martin Thomas
Three day week

Martin Thomas was an active socialist and trade unionist in 1974, when Britain elected a Labour government seen at the time as left-wing. He spoke to Solidarity.

Q. Today people think of the 1945 Labour government as maybe left-wing, but not the Labour government of 1974-9. If we’re looking for experiences to learn from for the possibility of a Corbyn government in the next few years, surely that’s not one of them?

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Organise the anti-Brexit mood of young people

Submitted by SJW on 22 May, 2018 - 8:10 Author: Editorial

The Chairs of Labour Students and Young Labour, respectively Melantha Chittenden and Miriam Mirwitch, have issued a letter calling for a vote on Brexit policy at the 2018 Labour Party conference.

The response from the Momentum-sponsored left majority on the Young Labour National Committee has been uproar, and an angry statement in response.

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Expropriate the landowners!

Submitted by SJW on 22 May, 2018 - 8:03 Author: Editorial
Rough sleeper in Oxford

The number of people sleeping rough in the UK is at a record high, after a 73 per cent rise in numbers over the last three years.

According to the latest snapshot analysis by UK local councils, there were 4,751 people sleeping rough on a given night in the autumn of last year. That represents a 169% increase on 2010 figures. In the course of last year 8,108 slept rough in London, a 121% increase on 2010 figures.

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What happened in the Lewisham East selection

Submitted by SJW on 22 May, 2018 - 7:58 Author: a Lewisham East activist

The candidate backed by the Labour right, Janet Daby, has been selected as Labour’s Parliamentary candidate in the ultra-safe Labour seat of Lewisham East.

Daby won with 288 votes, with left candidates Sakina Sheikh and Claudia Webbe getting 134 and 35 votes. The other right-winger shortlisted, Brenda Dacres, dropped out the day before the selection meeting.

Is this a defeat for the Labour left? In a sense, obviously. But let’s unpack it a bit.

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Will Haringey be Momentum’s first council?

Submitted by SJW on 9 May, 2018 - 1:50 Author: Elizabeth Butterworth
Haringey Local Government conference

On 4 May, there were two announcements significant to Haringey Labour.

One was that we won 42 seats in the council elections, with the Lib Dems winning 15. The other that the former Leader of Haringey Council, Claire Kober, had found a job in a major property development company, Pinnacle.

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Brazil: the snare of short-cuts

Submitted by SJW on 9 May, 2018 - 1:42 Author: Andressa Alegre
PT demonstration

Brazilian socialist Andressa Alegre spoke to Solidarity about the experience with the governments led by the Brazilian Workers’ Party (PT) between 2003 and 2016

The PT, was founded during the military dictatorship, in the conflict against the dictatorship of 1964-85.

It came out of the union movement, mostly in Sao Paolo, and the steelworkers’ union. Lula, the first PT Federal President, came fro the steelworkers’ union..

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