The Scottish Labour Campaign for Socialism (CfS) held their AGM on Sunday 14th February.
The meeting heard of “Labour plans in both Scotland and the UK to re-frame the current political debate and provide a genuine economic alternative to Tory and SNP austerity.” Before the AGM, an open meeting was held with talks by Lesley Brennan MSP and the Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell MP, who spoke at length about democratising the economy at the macro level, the personal pressure he faces from the press, and the fact that the election of Jeremy Corbyn to the Labour leadership was “a once in a lifetime opportunity”.
The AGM itself passed a range of motions on energy policy (the North Sea oil industry and taxation), abortion rights, and temporary employment contracts, and elections were held for the executive in which Neil Findlay was elected convenor. Most notably, it was ratified into the constitution that the Scottish Labour Young Socialists (SLYS) would formally become the youth wing of CfS (although fully retaining its autonomy as an organisation). SLYS previously saw great success after winning a clean slate of positions at the Scottish Young Labour conference last year.
The meeting concluded with the presentation of a Valentine’s Day card signed by SLYS members to John McDonnell, which was very gratefully received.