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A bulletin for Labour Party Members who supported the direction the party moved towards under Jeremy Corbyn & John McDonnell.
Opposing racism, antisemitism and political Zionism.
Opposing all expulsions/exclusions targeting the left.

SLL E-Bulletin #64 - 11 October 2021

Labour Party Conference 2021
 
The conference was held in Brighton from Saturday 25th September to Wednesday 29th September, and as expected was a fight over the future direction of the Party.
 
The key issues were not about policies (which the leadership will ignore anyway if they don't like them) but about changing the democratic processes within the Party, i.e. shifting the balance away from members towards both the PLP and those at the top of the Party.
 
In the run up to conference a number of delegates were suspended from the Party.  Some were suspended whilst travelling down to Brighton and some even expelled/suspended during conference itself.  Supposedly these were due to legacy complaints, but considering they were all aimed at left delegates and occurred just before and during conference it smacked of gerrymandering.  According to the Conference Arrangements Committee it was 'only' 20 delegates.

In the days and hours prior to conference Sir Keir tried to reintroduce the Electoral College.  Such a change would have meant the 200 MPs having the same level of voting power as over 400,000 members!  So much for the concept of all being equal.  Just that some would be 2000 times more equal than others.  In the end the leadership did not push this forward as they could not get the majority of unions to back it.
 
The leadership did however get their way over changing the rules for when there is a leadership vacancy.  The number of MPs nominating has gone up from 10% to 20% just to get on the ballot.  This is aimed at keeping a clear left-wing candidate out of the running, i.e. denying members the opportunity to choose from a wide range of candidates.  A figure requiring 40 MPs to nominate, i.e. just out of reach of the 34 members of the socialist Campaign Group of MPs.
 
Also introduced was a six month freeze date before being allowed to vote in leadership elections.  Never again will young people be able to join and vote in the excitement of a leadership campaign for a candidate that inspires them.

Another rule change now makes it even more difficult to get rid on an MP that is either useless or not reflecting the views of the local membership.  Instead of either 1/3rd of branches or affiliated organisations being able to call for re-selection, it now requires a majority of both sections.

A very worrying rule change also gave huge powers to the General Secretary to exclude from membership anyone he feels does not have the Labour values.
 
Palestine:  A historic motion was carried without the need for a card vote, which means that not only did CLP delegates vote overwhelmingly for it, but the unions also.

An important victory, though already being ignored by the leadership, was the policy carried that backs a minimum wage of £15ph and sick pay at the living wage.

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 60 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.

Solidarity with the Palestinian struggle

Full text of the policy carried overwhelmingly at Labour Party Conference:

'Israel and Palestine
Conference condemns the ongoing Nakba in Palestine, Israel’s militarised violence attacking the Al Aqsa mosque, the forced displacements from Sheikh Jarrah and the deadly assault on Gaza.
Together with the de facto annexation of Palestinian land by accelerated settlement building and statements of Israel’s intention to proceed with annexation, it is ever clearer that Israel is intent on eliminating any prospects of Palestinian self-determination.
Conference notes the TUC 2020 Congress motion describing such settlement building and annexation as ‘another significant step’ towards the UN Crime of Apartheid, and calling on the European and international trade union movement to join the international campaign to stop annexation and end apartheid.
Conference also notes the unequivocal 2021 reports by B’Tselem and Human Rights Watch that conclude Israel is practising the crime of apartheid as defined by the UN.
Conference welcomes the International Criminal Court decision to hold an inquiry into abuses committed in the occupied Palestinian Territory since 2014.
Conference resolves that action is needed now due to Israel’s continuing illegal actions and that Labour should adhere to an ethical policy on all UK trade with Israel, including stopping any arms trade used to violate Palestinian human rights and trade with illegal Israeli settlements.
Conference resolves to support “effective measures” including sanctions, as called for by Palestinian civil society, against actions by the Israeli government that are illegal according to international law; in particular to ensure that Israel stops the building of settlements, reverses any annexation, ends the occupation of the West Bank, the blockade of Gaza, brings down the Wall and respects the right of the Palestinian people, as enshrined in international law, to return to their homes.
Conference resolves that the Labour Party must stand on the right side of history and abide by these resolutions in its policy, communications and political strategy.'

 



Select Left Labour Candidates for City Council

Sheffield Labour Left urges supporters to attend your Labour Party Branch meetings and shortlist/select the following candidates:

Craig Gamble-Pugh
Jackie Kennedy
Nabeela Mowlana
Abdullah Okud
Minesh Parekh
Lee Rock

Local labour movement meetings and events in October:


Saturday 16th October:  Screening of Santiago Rising, a film about Chile's protest movement launched in late 2019. Doors open @6pm, 6.45-8.15pm Screening of Santiago Rising, followed by Q&A 8.30-9.00pm.  Then from 9.00-11.59pm a Social - With DJ Chris Welch (Adelante, Sounds Like This).  Buy tickets at www.alborada.net/events.  Event supported by Chile Solidarity Network.

Wednesday 20th October:  Sheffield Labour Left Members' meeting.  Starts 7pm.

Tuesday 26th October:  Sheffield Trades Union Council (STUC) meeting.  All trade union members welcome.  Only delegates can vote.  7.00pm start.



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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