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SLL E-Bulletin #69 - 7 January 2022

New Year – New Mayor

As 2022 ushers in another year of attacks on the left and continuing expulsions of long-standing Labour members, the left has an opportunity to reclaim some ground with the campaign to elect a new mayor for South Yorkshire. 

As Starmer struggles to suggest he is a socialist – see his extraordinary interview where he failed to answer the question – those seeking the Labour nomination for Mayor are busy trying to persuade Labour members to back them. 

The right has championed Oliver Coppard – well known to Sheffield Hallam members as the failed parliamentary candidate in 2015 who then disappeared only to reappear as a vitriolic anti Corbyn figure. 

SLL has chosen to back Lewis Dagnall as the candidate most likely to shift the Labour Party locally towards the left. 

In a statement of support, SLL has said: “We believe that Lewis standing as the Labour candidate for mayor helps bring some of the vision required to challenge the shift to the right that is taking place on a political level.” 

Lewis has put forward proposals to bring public transport back into public control and ownership, redirect wealth in the area back into the community and boost training and retraining with a distinct focus on a green economy. 

He has secured important backing from key trade unions such as Unite and the GMB and, particularly important for his transport proposals, the support of transport unions in ASLEF and TSSA. 

The other candidates are Jayne Dunn, a Sheffield councillor from Sheffield Central and Rachael Blake from Don Valley CLP. 

The ballot opened on 5th January and closes on the 26th when Labour’s candidate will be announced to fight for the position vacated by Dan Jarvis. The election in May will choose a mayor to serve a four-year term and Labour’s chances of securing the post are good given in 2018 Jarvis secured over 122,000 votes with the Tory coming second with just under 38,000. 

With a national leader who in an interview with a national newspaper asked, “what does that mean?” when quizzed if he was a socialist, Labour members are in desperate need of a genuine boost in a real poll – as opposed to the recent spate of opinion polls focusing on Johnson’s corruption and incompetence. 

Labour cannot continue to play the “we are not the Tories” card and expect the electorate’s approval. A left leaning mayor standing on a practical platform of real policies would be a shot in the arm for all local activists despairing of Starmer’s dead hand tactics and lack of vision. 

The Tories are determined to corrupt the democratic system in their favour – a Labour mayor in South Yorkshire with a supportable manifesto would be one step in fighting back.

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 ( and our own website (, where you can find an archive of our first 65 or so bulletins.

We are connected to no other group, but work alongside others whose aims we share to see elected a socialist-led government.

Want to get involved with SLL or become a member? Contact us at the email address below.

Motion on Pension Divestment carried overwhelmingly at Broomhill & Sharrow Vale Branch:

This branch calls on Sheffield Council to: 

· Recognise that Israel is an apartheid state and reaffirm the 1981 Sheffield Council declaration to be an apartheid free zone 

· Join the call by Palestinian civil society for international support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement as a means of supporting justice for Palestinian people 

· Commit to pressing for the development of an ethical investment policy that includes divesting South Yorkshire Pension Authority investments from all companies that are complicit in the ongoing oppression of the Palestinian people 

This branch notes: 

· That Palestinians have been subject to brutal ethnic cleansing since 1948 and wholesale displacement and theft of their land, homes and resources by the Israeli state 

· That Israel’s military operations in Gaza and illegal settlement expansion amount to ongoing colonisation of Palestine 

· That the recent escalation of violence was instigated by the attempt to evict 28 Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah area of Jerusalem as part of an ongoing and systematic campaign of illegal Israeli settlements and forced eviction of Palestinians from their land, and that the evictions and house demolitions are continuing and increasing across Palestine 

· That since Operation Cast Lead in 2008, over 6000 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces, with over 120,000 people injured, and that in May 2021, 256 Palestinians were killed, by Israeli forces, including 66 children 

· That Palestinians have for many years named Israel as an apartheid state. They have now been joined by a growing list of human rights organisations that have determined that Israel’s actions meet the internationally recognised legal definition of apartheid, including the 2021 reports by the Israeli human rights organisation, B’Tselem and Human Rights Watch. 

· That Israel has committed continuous, flagrant breaches of international law with impunity. Western governments have failed to act in any meaningful way to stop these breaches of international law, and therefore it is morally incumbent on civil society to act to support Palestinian human rights. 

· That Sheffield is part of the South Yorkshire Pension Authority which has investments in a number of companies that are complicit in the oppression of Palestinians including Caterpillar, which supplies Israel with weaponised bulldozers that are used to demolish Palestinian homes, schools, olive trees and infrastructure; arms companies including Boeing and Lockheed Martin which have sold military equipment to Israel used in attacks on Gaza; financial companies such as HSBC and AXA which contribute to funding demolitions, illegal settlements and apartheid infrastructure. 

· That many people in Sheffield are members of the South Yorkshire Pension Authority, and Sheffield Council is involved in making decisions about investment policy in the South Yorkshire Pension Authority. 

This branch mandates our executive to write to the secretary of Labour Group conveying our wish that Group support and take this motion forward for debate in Council at the earliest possible date.

Labour movement events and meetings in January

Thursday 20th January:  Socialist Campaign Group of MPs National Roadshow.  Starts at 7pm. Farm Road Sports & Social Club, Farm Road S2 2TP.

Tuesday 25th January:  Sheffield Trades Union Council (STUC) monthly meeting.  Starts at 7pm.  All trade union members welcome, only delegates can vote.

Saturday 29th January:  Sheffield Cuba Solidarity stall, noon until 2pm outside Debenhams, The Moor, S1 3LR.

Labour Party Meetings:

LCF monthly meeting held 2nd Tuesday of the month.

Brightside & Hillsborough CLP monthly meetings held 1st Thursday of the month.

South East CLP monthly meetings held 3rd Friday of the month.

Central CLP monthly meetings held 4th Thursday of the month.

Hallam CLP monthly meetings held 4th Thursday of the month.

Penistone & Stocksbridge CLP monthly meetings held 4th Thursday of the month

Heeley CLP monthly meetings held last Thursday of the month.
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