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Momentum should oppose Brexit

Submitted by SJW on 21 June, 2018 - 1:06

#StopToryBrexit — A Final Say For The Many

We are proud members of Momentum and consistent supporters of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party and of the 2017 election manifesto. We deplore the persistent attacks of the right-wing of the Labour Party and their attempts to weaponise the issue of Brexit against our party leadership.

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London Momentum meetsSJWWed, 06/06/2018 - 15:09

About 50 people came to the London regional Momentum meeting on 2 June. A bigger turnout then the previous meeting and with people attending from more local groups then previously.

The meeting was able to discuss a range of experiences from different groups as well as a useful and informative discussion as to how to build a successful profile on social media.

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Educate, agitate, organiseSJWWed, 06/06/2018 - 15:08

Around 40 Labour Party activists attended Southampton Momentum’s weekend school from 19-21 May. 

The event included plenary discussions on perspectives for Momentum and Labour, as well as sessions focused on planning local activity. 

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Build the left against Brexit

Submitted by SJW on 6 June, 2018 - 2:45 Author: Editorial
Anti Brexit protest

Pressure is growing inside Labour for it to take a firm stance against Brexit.

Some of this pressure comes from the right of the Party. On Sunday 3 June Sadiq Kahn called for Corbyn to oppose Britain’s departure from the single market. He advocated Labour supports an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill which aims to keep Britain in the European Economic Area, effectively signing the UK up to the so-called “Norway option”, which would retain access to the Single Market.

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Submitted by AS on Mon, 11/06/2018 - 12:47

The article states Solidarity supports the PLP voting for amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill that would keep the UK in the EEA. Whilst this is an improvement on the prospect of a hard Brexit, I think it is the wrong approach to the question.

The AWL has been raising the slogan of 'Stop Brexit' and rightly so. Membership of the EEA is a poor substitute for full membership of the EU. EEA members must make budget contributions and accept regulations without having any say in decision making.

Furthermore, if we accept Labour is only arguing for EEA membership, we lose the opportunity for debate and give credence to the Labour right. The article correctly states their primary concern is for businesses to continue trading freely. Therefore whilst a Government defeat in Parliament is welcome, it will do nothing to aid our cause of building the left against Brexit.

Secondly, I think there is a typo in the phrase “A minority of Labour voters opposed Brexit”. From the context of the paragraph, I think this should read “A minority of Labour voters supported Brexit”. There were various arguments for a leave vote, from the Red Tories of Labour Leave to sections of the hard left peddling the myth of Lexit. In contrast, polling just after the referendum showed two thirds of Labour supporters voted 'Remain'. Today, opposition to Brexit is estimated at 80% among Labour members.

These statistics give further weight to having a proper debate on Brexit at this year's Labour Party Conference.

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Solidarity and Workers' Liberty: who we are

Submitted by martin on 5 June, 2018 - 2:14 Author: Colin Foster
Ideas for Freedom

Who are we? What are Workers' Liberty and Solidarity? We are a political strand in the flux of the broadly-Corbynite left, a flux which may be reshaping the left for a long period to come.

We are the socialist, class-struggle, consistently-democratic, internationalist strand in the left. That is why we meet such hostility from the NGO-politics, Stalinistic or semi-Stalinist, bureaucratic, nationalistic, and "kitsch anti-imperialist" bloc. That small but vocal bloc represents the deadweight inflicted on the left in the Blair-Brown-Cameron decades, but with feet.

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We want unity in Lewisham
Lewisham momentum supporting the Southern Rail strike
SJWWed, 30/05/2018 - 11:47

Activists in Lewisham for Corbyn (the established Momentum group in Lewisham) are campaigning for a new, properly conducted, democratic AGM, and for the election of a broad, politically pluralist committee representative of Momentum activists in Lewisham.

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Bastani: why won’t you debate Brexit?
Aaron Bastani
SJWWed, 30/05/2018 - 11:12

Aaron Bastani, co-founder of online news platform Novara Media, has responded to an article in the Guardian on 26 May about calls for a debate on Brexit at the 2018 Labour conference... by trying to witch-hunt the AWL.

The article quotes three anti-Brexit Momentum members in support of the call for a debate.

On Twitter Bastani accuses the AWL of being behind a “plot” with the Labour right to destabilise the Corbyn leadership through a debate on Brexit policy.

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Democracy and the democracy reviewSJWTue, 22/05/2018 - 20:38

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
Labour Campaign for Free Movement
SJWTue, 22/05/2018 - 20:10

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 selectionSJWTue, 22/05/2018 - 19:58

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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