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Sheffield Labour Left  - For Socialism

A bulletin for Labour Party Members who supported the direction the party moved towards under Jeremy Corbyn & John McDonnell.
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SLL E-Bulletin #47 - 15 Febuary 2021

A policy vaccum as right hoovers up control
 
The centrist right of the Labour Party is in control – but in control of what? It would appear that they are only interested in settling scores with the left if the policy vacuums at both local and national level are anything to go by.
 
In the midst of one of the biggest crises in living memory, Starmer is beginning to attract doubters even among his most loyal lieutenants at the Guardian as the Tories continue to maintain a poll lead – despite their corruption, despite 100,000 plus Covid deaths, despite all the evidence of Brexit chaos and damage.
 
At local level, with elections now seemingly confirmed for May, Sheffield’s Labour Group continues on its merry way denying democracy in the council chamber by refusing to debate motions and with a complete lack of inspiring policies beyond the odd new parking scheme and cycle lane.
 
The right is obsessed with an anti-approach to policy – oppose everything Corbyn stood for and all will be right in the world again.
 
Corbyn can be accused of having too many policies in the 2019 manifesto. Starmer and his acolytes in Sheffield seem to be presenting nothing at all.
 
The evidence locally is also clear – the Sheffield strategy is to pour effort into a few key wards and squeak back into power in May with councillor allowances and power retained.
 
But it could be different if we only had some inspiration and real politics among those claiming to be leading the Labour Party.
 
Just take a look at this from Preston Council’s website: “Community wealth building offers an opportunity for local people to take back control, to ensure that the benefits of local growth are invested in their local areas, are used to support investment in productive economic activities and that people and their local institutions can work together on an agenda of shared benefit.”
 
Preston has been championing this since 2006 - now, at the eleventh hour just 15 years later, Sheffield appears to be trying to hitch its policy direction to this wagon with a policy event on this very subject on 21 February. 
 
Preston’s long-term commitment to community wealth building proves that a Labour Council can provide leadership – even in an area ravaged by the combined forces of Covid, Tory austerity and the Brexit deficit. 
 
So, the lesson in all this? The right is only happy when crushing the left and offers nothing to wider society beyond business as usual in a Tory dominated, neoliberal world. The left cannot achieve any unity with them – it is one or the other – socialism or Blairism? Make sure you know which side you are on.

Please put this motion to your LP Branch/CLP:

RECALL CONFERENCE MOTION

This meeting notes the escalating crisis within the Labour Party concerning freedom of debate; freedom of speech and interference in the workings of our CLPs.

This meeting believes that the party’s crisis needs to be addressed urgently.

This meeting recognises that the supreme policy-making body of our Party is our national conference, composed of delegates from the CLPs, trade unions, and other affiliated organisations. We believe that this is the only body with the necessary authority to resolve this crisis.

We therefore demand that the NEC organises an immediate national recall conference of the Labour Party, under rule *Clause VI:1 of the Constitutional Rules, with the purpose of restoring party democracy.
 

*“The work of the Party shall be under the direction and control of Party conference, which shall itself be subject to the constitution and standing orders of the Party. Party conference shall meet regularly once in every year and also at such other times as it may be convened by the NEC.”

Sheffield Labour Left

Sheffield Labour Left (SLL) is a network to help co-ordinate the genuine Labour Party left across the six CLPs covered by Sheffield.

We have a page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SheffieldLabourLeft) and our own website (http://www.sheffieldlabourleft.org), where you can find an archive of our first 40 bulletins.

We are connected to no other group, but work alongside others whose aims we share to see elected a socialist-led government.  In July 2019 we affiliated to the Labour Left Alliance:  
https://labourleft.org

Want to get involved with SLL or become a member? Contact us at the email address below.
Local labour movement meetings and events in late February:


Tuesday 16 February:  ACORN planning meeting.  For years, ACORN has been fighting for Sheffield City Council to introduce landlord licensing, to have proper rules to stop dodgy landlords from operating in our city altogether. As we gear up to make demands of the council this year, it’s time we forced them to act on this as a matter of urgent priority.  6pm start.

Tuesday 23 February:  Sheffield Trades Union Council (STUC).  All trade union members welcome.  Only delegates can vote.  7pm start.

Thursday 25 February:  South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG) - Talks for Change.  'Housing', the first in a series of talks dedicated to challenging oppressive government policies.  Bringing together academic and activist perspectives, as well as those with lived experience to create a positive space for skill sharing, discussion and change.  6.00pm to 7.30pm.


Labour Party Meetings:

Friday 19 February:  South East CLP monthly meeting.  7.15pm start.

Thursday 25 February:  Penistone & Stocksbridge CLP monthly meeting.  7pm start.

Thursday 25 February:  Central CLP monthly meeting.  7.15pm start.

Thursday 25 Febuary:  Heeley CLP monthly meeting.  7.15pm start.

Thursday 25 Febuary:  Hallam CLP monthly meeting.  7.30pm start.
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