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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Organise the anti-Brexit mood of young people

Submitted by SJW on 22 May, 2018 - 8:10 Author: Editorial
Labour Campaign for Free Movement

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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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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Innovative methods not enough

Submitted by SJW on 1 May, 2018 - 10:08 Author: Elizabeth Butterworth

In the Guardian on 27 April, Beth Foster-Ogg writes that Labour needs “radical local councillors” who are “building socialism from below.”

To counter swingeing cuts of up to 50% since 2010, they need to come up with “innovative, radical measures to tackle the fractures in British society.” She cites the examples of Salford and Preston as models for councillors.

Momentum’s work, she says, is “all about ensuring that Labour councillors aren’t waiting for change to come on high...”
We do need more left-wing councillors, who are held accountable by their constituents.

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Reinstate Marc Wadsworth

Submitted by Tubeworker on 30 April, 2018 - 2:40 Author: Will Sefton
Marc Wadsworth

The expulsion of Marc Wadsworth a longstanding anti-racist campaigner and journalist for bringing the Labour Party in disrepute is a serious mistake, setting any real fight against antisemitism backwards. The case highlights how far there is to go to reform Labour’s disciplinary procedures even while a left and pro-Corbyn majority is on the NEC.

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Statement from Maria Exall on the conduct of Lewisham Momentum’s meeting in support of trans rights

Submitted by SJW on 25 April, 2018 - 12:31 Author: Maria Exall

“I saw the article about the 21 March Lewisham Momentum on trans rights posted on the ‘Check their minutes’ website. It is a distortion of what the meeting was, and much of it is total invention.

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Momentum left resists drive to purge

Submitted by SJW on 25 April, 2018 - 11:33 Author: Lewisham AWL
Lewisham Momentum

On Monday 23 April the Momentum group in Lewisham (south London) held its Annual General Meeting to elect a new set of officers and plan future work.

Up to 160 people turned up. Around 30 people were not able to get into the venue as it was full to capacity, and therefore were excluded from the discussions.

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Momentum on Antisemitism

Submitted by SJW on 10 April, 2018 - 8:06 Author: Will Sefton
"For the many, not the Jew"

That the Labour left movement Momentum has released a statement taking on antisemitism in the Labour Party and the left is welcome.

Until now Momentum had been silent on the issue, and had made no suggestions for political education or training on the issue.

The statement from the group’s National Coordinating Group goes some way to addressing these shortfalls but is not as comprehensive as the one agreed by the Momentum Steering Committee in 2016 but never released.

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