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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 17, June 1 2019

Tories in Crisis - General Election Now!


With the Tories unable to get any kind of Brexit through Parliament, taking a real beating in the local elections and then getting well and truly stuffed in the European elections, they now face a bruising leadership contest.
 
Despite this crisis of the Tory Party, as they fight over the inherent interests of capital and the contradictions of the little Englanders of their own party membership (as best represented by a non-member in Farage!), the right of the PLP around Tom Watson are more interested in defeating Corbyn and the left in the Labour Party.
 
Tom Watson and others are so much more focussed on undermining Corbyn that they rarely mention in details the results of the Tory party and their crisis, instead preferring almost always to talk-up and create a crisis in Labour. There are two main weapons in the armoury of the attacks from the Labour right:  Antisemitism allegations (we are still trying to find some pictures of Tom and friends on any anti-fascist demo); and a further referendum.  Watson and friends seem unwilling, or unable, to explain how a further referendum would come about.  It is as if they are deliberately ignoring the fact that MPs have voted it down more than once.
 
Just to remind ourselves here, the Tories lost a massive 1330 Council seats at the beginning of May (compared to a Labour loss of 84 seats), and in the elections to the European Parliament the Tories were reduced to 9.1.% (compared to a Labour share of 14.1%).
 
The next Tory leader has four options:  Hope that Parliament does not vote against ‘no deal’, or ignore it if they do, and have a ‘no deal Brexit’; Pass a compromise ‘soft Brexit’ with Labour; go for a second referendum on something akin to the ‘May deal’; or call a General Election.  Our preference is obviously for a General Election.
 
As we have previously written, in the past the Tories and the class they represent would happily have taken their chances in an election.  If they lost, then the 2ndeleven for capitalism would step-in.  The problem now, is that they really don’t want to risk a socialist-led Labour Party being elected, as this brings about the possibilities of some radical restructuring of the local economy and a benefit and strengthening of the organised working class.  This is one of the reasons that it is so important for the establishment, via the Tory party, the media and the right of the PLP, to get rid of Corbyn and the left of the Labour Party.
 
The Tory establishment don’t want Boris as the leader of the Tory party (so don't be too surprised if he does not get on the final ballot paper for the Tory membership vote), but they may turn to him as their best chance to win a General election.  Better the bigot and populist Boris, who they might just be able to control, than a socialist-led Labour government.  In other words, the lesser of two evils in their view.
 
A General election with Boris as the Tory leader would doubly reinforce the view that the local election results and the European ones were of little use in predicting a General election vote share. We would be faced with a very stark choice in England & Wales, between a Boris-led Tory Party  or Corbyn-led Labour Party, which would really squeeze the middle ground of the Lib Dems and Green Party.  Would these middle-ground voters want to risk a Boris-led government? We suspect many would not.
Orgreave Rally 2019

Annual Orgreave Rally, this year celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Great Miners' Strike

Orgreave Lane, Sheffield, S13 9NE

Saturday 15th June 2019, 1.00pm

Speakers:

  • Matt Wrack   General Secretary, Fire Brigades Union (FBU)
  • Steve Hedley   Senior Assistant General Secretary, National Union of   Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT)
  • Sarah Champion Member of Parliament for Rotherham
  • Rose Hunter North Staffs Miners Wives Action Group (WAPC)
  • Chris Kitchen  General Secretary, National Union of Mineworkers (NUM)
  • John Dunn Former Miner and  Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign

Comperes:

  • Chris Peace  Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign & Labour Party Prospective Candidate, North East Derbyshire
  • Joe Rollin Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign & Unite the Union

Music:

  • Sheffield Socialist Choir        
  • Unite Brass Band               

Come along and support the Annual Orgreave Rally organised by the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, commemorating the 35th anniversary of the Miners’ Strike and the events at Orgreave.

Please bring banners, placards, drums, whistles, family and friends. Let’s show the Government we will not be silenced, we won’t go away and our vibrant campaign for Truth and Justice goes from strength to strength.

Led by the Unite Brass Band, come and march with us through Orgreave and support our call for a Public Inquiry for Truth and Justice for Striking Miners brutalised by police at the Orgreave Coking plant on 18th June 1984

Join the SSL team at the 'Small Park, Big Run for Palestine'


The event in Meersbrook Park is supporting women's education and the Khuzaa childrens healing project in Gaza, Palestine. Sheffield Labour Left will be entering as a team. Please note that the event takes place over 24 hours, from noon on Saturday June 15 until noon on Sunday June 16. To avoid a clash with the Orgreave event, we encourage SLL members and supporters to come along on Sunday morning from 10am until 12noon for the team run, but it would also be brilliant if you could do a slot in the evening and during the night. More info about the event organised by the Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign here - please remember to register!

We have produced this lovely T-shirt for this and other occasions, which we are selling for £10 (£3 of each shirt go to the organisers of the event). We have sizes S, M, L and XL - get in touch if you want one before the race. 
“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue.  It is through disobedience and rebellion that progress has been made."
Oscar Wilde, (October 16, 1854 - November 30, 1900) this quote is from his 'The soul of Man Under Socialism' published in 1891.
Events in June

Monday 3 June:  Together Against Trump.  Stop the State Visit.  Sheffield City Hall, Barkers Pool S1 2JA.  5.00pm to 7.00pm.  Please note the new date and earlier start - changed from 4 June and 5.30pm.

Thursday 6 June:  Brightside & Hillsborough monthly CLP meeting.  7.30pm @ Adlington community Centre, Adlington Road S5 8BT.

Thursday 6 June:  Central CLP monthly meeting.  7.15pm start @ ISRAAC on Cemetery Road.

Tuesday 11 June:  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.

Friday 14 June: Penistone and Stocksbridge CLP monthly meeting and AGM, Wortley Hall, 7pm.

Saturday 15 June:  Orgreave Rally. See details in box.

Saturday & Sunday, 15 & 16 June: Sheffield Labour Left team at Small Park, Big Run Meersbrook Park (see details in box).

Thursday 20 June:  Sheffield Central CLP AGM.  From 7.15pm at St Mary's Church, Bramall Lane.

Friday 21 June: South East CLP monthly meeting and AGM, Trinity Methodist Church, Woodhouse.

Tuesday 25 June:  South Yorkshire Migration Asylum Action Group AGM.  6.00pm to 8.30pm @ Sheffield Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James Street S1 2EW.

Tuesday 25 June:  Monthly meeting of Sheffield Trades Union Council (STUC).  Open to union delegates and observers. 7.00pm @ Trades & Labour Club, 200 Duke Street, S2 5QQ.

Thursday 27 June:  Sheffield Hallam monthly CLP meeting and AGM.  Crookes Social Club from 7.30pm.
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, 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 or become a member? Contact us at the email address below.

 
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