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Sheffield Labour Left 

A bulletin for Sheffield Labour Party Members who support the direction the party is moving under Jeremy Corbyn & John McDonnell.
For Socialism. Opposing racism, antisemitism and Zionism.
Opposing all expulsions/exclusions targeting the left.
Bulletin No 13, February 4 2019
Minds focus – as trigger ballots threaten!
 
"More news of centrist Labour MPs on the verge of resigning to form a new party. What is this verge? It seems like it’s very long. It goes on and on and on. If you’re a centrist you can be on the verge for months. For years even. For some, it’s a job: MP-on-the-verge." – Michael Rosen
 
Once again we have some of the right of the PLP threatening to leave to set up a ‘new party of the centre’. Once more they are ‘on the verge’ of leaving.  And once more we have some advice for them: ‘Go, and go now’.
 
As the likes of Angela Smith (MP for Penistone & Stocksbridge) panic over being challenged via a trigger ballot, having recently been the recipient of a no-confidence vote, they desperately seek to further concoct reasons to break to the right and link-up with that class-fighter Vince Cable.
 
So, not only do we have them blaming Corbyn for Brexit (despite the Lib Dems being the ones pushing for the referendum in the first place), but they have once again wheeled out the allegations that the Labour Party is institutionally anti-Semitic due to Corbyn. And, to cap it all, they attack Corbyn for taking the view that the elected President of Venezuela is … the elected President of Venezuela. In other words, instead of jumping to the tune of Trump and US imperialism, Corbyn refuses to play along.
 
Of course, it is probably just coincidence that this is happening at the same time as the Labour Party General Secretary has been tasked with producing a timetable for the selection of parliamentary candidates. Labour Party conference 2018 decided to reform the trigger ballot (it was  almost impossible before the rule change to challenge a sitting MP). Now there are two separate trigger ballots: the first for local affiliated bodies like unions; and the second for the local Labour Party branches. The threshold in both has been reduced from 50% to 33% and it is enough for one of the two sections to vote ‘no’ to start a full selection process – ie, a democratic contest between the different candidates. It's not mandatory reelection of candidates, but it is a step forward.
 
Local Labour Party members should take the opportunity to remind MPs that they are elected as members of the party and are accountable to the local membership.
 
Any MP that is both competent and in tune with the wishes of the local membership has nothing to fear. Those that are either not up to the job, or out of tune with the membership need to be replaced.  This is all part of the process of having a democratic party.
 
Members of Sheffield Labour Left campaigning on Labour's Day of Action For A National Rail Service. 


Public Ownership: What is it and why do we need it?

Wednesday February 27, 6.30pm
Central United Reformed Church
60 Norfolk Street, Sheffield

Come and join the debate about socialism

With speakers from Labour4Clause4 and Sheffield Labour Left

“No great idea in its beginning can ever be within the law.
How can it be within the law?
The law is stationary.
The law is fixed.
The law is a chariot wheel 
which binds us all regardless of conditions or place or time."

 
Emma Goldman 1869 -1940
Events in February

Wednesday 6 February: 'The morality of a basic Income.'  6.30pm to 8.30pm, Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James Street S1 2EW.  Hosted by UBI Lab Sheffield.

Thursday 7 February:  Brightside & Hillsborough monthly CLP meeting.  7.30pm @  The Adlington community Centre, Adlington Road S5 8BT. 

Tuesday 12 February:  Sheffield May Day Organising Committee meeting.  6.00pm to 7.00pm @ United Reform Church

Tuesday 12 February:  Monthly meeting of Sheffield Labour Party Local Campaign Forum (SLCF). Each Labour Party branch has two elected delegates who can vote, but all LP members can attend. 7.30pm @ Trades & Labour Club, 200 Duke Street, S2 5QQ.

Wednesday 13 February:  'What is Fascism and how to fight it?'  Organised by Sheffield University Marxist Society.  View Room 4, Level 4 Students Union, Western Bank S10 2TG.

Thursday 14 February:  Stop and Scrap Universal Credit. Meeting to co-ordinate opposition to Universal Credit. 12.30 to 2.00pm @ URC.

Thursday 14 February:  Panel Discussion:  'Can there be peace in Israel/Palestine without the return of the refugees?' 6pm to 8pm @ Sheffield University, Theatre 3 Arts Tower, Western Bank S10 2TN.  Organised by South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG).

Friday 15 February:  Sheffield South East CLP monthly meeting.  7.15pm @ Trinity Methodist Church, Chapel Street, Woodhouse S13 7JL.

Sunday 17 February: Film showing of 'Pride' as fundraiser for Olivia Blake, PPC Sheffield Hallam.  Abbeydale Picture House @2.30pm.  Tickets £11/£8.

Friday 22 February:  Penistone & Stocksbridge monthly CLP meeting.  Wortley Hall starting at 7.00pm.  Delegates only voting, but all members can attend.

Tuesday 26 February:  AGM & Monthly meeting of Sheffield Trades Union Council (STUC).  Open to union delegates and observers. 7.00pm @ Trades & Labour Club, 200 Duke Street, S2 5QQ.


Wednesday 27 February:  SLL public meeting on 'public ownership'.  6.30pm @ URC, 60 Norfolk Street S1 2JB.

Thursday 28 February:  Sheffield Central CLP monthly meeting.  7.15pm @ St Mary's Church, Bramall Lane.

Thursday 28 February:  Sheffield Heeley CLP monthly meeting.  From 7.15pm @ The Spires Centre.

Thursday 28 February:  Sheffield Hallam monthly CLP meeting.  Wesley Hall, Crookes, S10 1UD from 7.30pm.

Ongoing until 14 April:  Who We Are: Exhibition of photographs by Martin Jenkinson.  At Sheffield's Weston Park Museum.
Initially set up as Sheffield Labour Left List (SLLL) as a network to help co-ordinate the left across the six CLPs covered by Sheffield. After a productive first 12 months and 10 bulletins, and after attending a regional event organised by Durham Labour Left, we changed to Sheffield Labour Left, electing a temporary Steering Committee, in December 2018.

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 previous bulletins. We are working on populating the website some more, feel free to send us material.

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? Contact us at the email address below.

 
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