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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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Opposing all expulsions/exclusions targeting the left.

SLL E-Bulletin #52 - 17 April 2021

Sheffield Labour Left members reinstated to the Party


Further proof that bullying doesn’t always work comes as members suspended last year for having the temerity to allow members to put forward motions in support of Corbyn and others suspended – and in one case, the member putting forward the motion – have been reinstated.
 
In one of the cases the Sheffield Labour Left member has been reinstated to the party with no further action to be taken.
 
If you recall, this all surrounded the moves by Labour General Secretary David Evans to prevent any debate about Jeremy Corbyn’s suspension.
 
Letters have arrived on behalf of the NEC Disputes Panel displaying the weakness of Evans’ autocratic and intimidatory style with the rule book failing to contain anything with which to suspend/expel members for being to the left of Keir Starmer.

Two of the SLL members were suspended by the party because they occupied the chair when the motions were put, their suspensions were lifted but a formal warning for one and a reminder of conduct for the other were issued.  These two members are to be congratulated for taking a stand on behalf of ordinary Labour Party members and their right to choose what issues they discuss.
 
In the case of Lee Rock, SLL Convenor, the letter is – to all intents and purposes – an admission that the Party had no right or grounds to suspend him in the first place.
 
The letter states “The NEC Disputes Panel found that your behaviour on this occasion did not amount to a breach of Labour Party Rules and the party will be taking no further action”.
 
But the Party has form when it comes to Lee as this is the second time he has been investigated only to be informed later that there are no charges proven against him.
 
Lee isn’t paranoid but the right of the party are certainly out to get him!
 
In a sentence not out of place in an Orwellian state, the letter says the NEC “has the power to issue guidance and instructions to subordinate Labour Party units, including CLPs and local branches, in various circumstances, including via the General Secretary, to whom its powers of day-to-day management are delegated.”
 
So there you have it – Evans thinks he is in charge and will continue to try and use bullying and intimidation against ordinary members when he doesn’t like the cut of their jib.  But by collectively standing up to him and Starmer they can both be pushed back.
 
For those members cowed by his tactics this should serve as a lesson in why solidarity and standing up to such undemocratic acts should be the first and only response.  Hopefully some of the left who failed the basic acts of solidarity will do better in future.

Sheffield City Council Elections

If the Labour right are correct and that ‘anyone but Corbyn’ would have Labour 20% above the Tories in the polls then the Sheffield Labour Group must be rubbing their hands in anticipation of a big victory in the May council elections.  Alternatively, they were talking a load of bull.  And are about to be found out.
 
The reality is that Labour in Sheffield are more likely to be hoping to hold on to seats rather than expecting to gain too many.  In fact the only likely Labour gain is Stocksbridge & Upper Don from UKIP.  Labour should take it relatively comfortably unless the UKIP vote switches in large numbers to the Tories, and the ex-UKIP cllr standing as an independent and the new UKIP of Reform UK fail to split the right vote.
 
If the national polls are anything to go by, and of course national polls do differ come local elections, then Labour in Sheffield could lose as many as 8 of the 15 seats they are defending and gain just 1.  This net loss of 7 would see Labour with 42 seats, Lib Dems on 31 and the Greens on 11.  Such a result depends on Labour holding off the challenge from the Greens in both Walkley and even in Hillsborough where the council Leader Bob Johnson is defending for Labour.
 
Labour candidates that have stood against the attacks upon the left are standing in:
 
Fulwood – Jackie Kennedy (07421 995071)
 
Park & Arbourthorne – Sophie Wilson (07305 053691)


Stannington – Craig Gamble-Pugh (07740 348273)
 
If comrades have time we would urge them to help these candidates as well as their local ones.  Where a number is given simply text it if you can help deliver leaflets etc.

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 50 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.

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


Every Wednesday:  Sheffield Labour Left Reading Group.  1.00pm start.

Wednesday 21st April:  Sheffield Labour Left monthly meeting.  7.30pm start.

Tuesday 27th April:  Sheffield Trades Union Council (STUC) meeting.  All trade union members welcome.  Only delegates can vote.  7.00pm start.

Wednesday 28th April:  “Wreath Laying Ceremony for International Workers Memorial Day.  11am by the Memorial Tree outside Sheffield Town Hall on Pinstone Street. Organised by Sheffield TUC.

Wednesday 28th April:  Sheffield’s International Workers Memorial Day zoom meeting “Remember the Dead - Fight for the Living”.  Sheffield TUC will be hosting a public zoom meeting from 1230 to 1330hrs to mark this special day in the trade union health and safety calendar. This annual event commemorates the many workers who die from injuries or illness contracted at work. This year and last year, it has an added poignancy due to COVID: the Government’s disregard for trade union concerns about COVID safety in workplaces has hugely contributed to the massive UK COVID death tally. National and local speakers invited from trade unions, health campaigns and Labour Party.

Thursday 29th April:  SYMAAG “Talks for Change”.  The third in our series of Talks for Change on healthcare for people in the asylum system. To discuss how the hostile environment permeates the NHS and how we achieve healthcare for all during a pandemic. Plenty of time for questions and discussion. 7.00pm start.  Free registration here

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.

Please check first as many Labour Party meetings are cancelled for April and early May.
Our mailing address is:
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