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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 #38 11 November 2020

Battle lines are joined!
The perennial war in the Labour Party between left and right has taken a new turn with the ruthless behaviour of the right the catalyst for this latest battle.
With the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn it is clear that we are facing a final face off in the current phase of socialism versus the neoliberal forces that currently control the Party.
The party is meant to be about equality – but only when it doesn’t challenge the leadership. Starmer can talk about Corbyn’s suspension in the media but party members are not even allowed to discuss it. 
Branches, CLPs and other party units have been threatened since Corbyn’s suspension with suspension themselves if they dare to comment on, or pass motions in support of, the former leader.
The left must defy the diktats emerging from Starmer’s enforcer, the new General Secretary, David Evans – Bristol West CLP (see box) being a shining example of defiance. Evans’ ability to discard the Party’s rule book and simply send out intimidatory emails to all and sundry is a taste of the kind of dictatorial mode we can expect under the “new leadership”.
Gone are the days when the Conference was the place to seek rule changes and attempt to define the democratic boundaries of the Party’s machinations. The pandemic conveniently allowed Starmer to avoid members’ scrutiny in the glare of conference in 2020 and instead he has put in place a range of measures designed to allow his total control.
Sheffield Local Campaign Forum is just one example of this kind of dictatorship in action. Its Executive had passed a motion of support for Corbyn calling for his suspension to be lifted. 
This was too much for the Party managers and emails threatening action against the SLCF’s officers winged their way demanding that the following full meeting of the LCF drop the Executive’s motion at the scheduled meeting of 10th November.
And here, the problems for the left started as individuals, under threat of action, wilted and the meeting nearly descended into chaos. First, the right, turning out in numbers not seen for months but not in a majority, organised a walk out of the meeting led by Council leader Julie Dore.
The meeting then faced an amendment to the motion from the determined left in support of Corbyn, inserting the demand for his reinstatement. And this is where the “soft left” lost their nerve and quit the meeting.

Carried at full Sheffield LCF on 10th November:
"This LCF expresses its solidarity with Jeremy Corbyn, fully supporting his statement in response to the EHRC report, and calls upon the Labour Party national to reinstate him to full membership and the whip without sanction. Jeremy is a lifelong campaigner against racism and antisemitism.
We believe that unity, not division, is important for the party to make progress and effectively challenge antisemitism, racism, fascism and harassment in whatever form this may take.

It was left to those still in attendance to instal a temporary chair and pass the amended motion.
The machinations from the right of the party are being repeated throughout as the right stamp their jackboots down on democratic debate – suspensions may follow – but the left must stand firm and continue to present a socialist alternative to the careerist, opportunist and managerialist tendencies that have taken control.

Bristol West CLP Resolution

- Carried on 9th November with 190 members present

This CLP notes

1. That the Labour Party has suspended Jeremy Corbyn MP from the party and removed the
parliamentary whip, ostensibly due to his statement regarding the EHRC’s report on antisemitism in the Labour Party.

2. A number of public figures, including but not limited to the leader of the party, the deputy leader of the party, and the Socialist Campaign Group have issued public statements on the suspension and that the SCG has called for reinstatement, yet the general secretary has nevertheless ordered that CLPs cannot do the same.

This CLP believes

3. That Jeremy Corbyn MP is a socialist and life-long fighter against racism inside and outside the Labour Party.

4. That his suspension is a politically motivated attack against the left of the Labour Party by the leadership.

This CLP resolves

5. To condemn Jeremy Corbyn’s suspension and demand his reinstatement to the party.

6. To oppose any and all politically motivated disciplinary actions against the left by the leadership.

7. To send the contents of this motion to the Leader’s Office and the NEC.

8. That the voting numbers for, against or abstain of any motions will be included with any messages sent within the Labour Party.

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 35 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:

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Local labour movement meetings and events in November/December:

Tuesday 17 November:  South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG) fortnightly meeting.  7.00pm start.  Zoom meeting.
Wednesday 18 November:  Sheffield Labour Friends of Palestine.  Nablus, Palestine: International Political Symposium Webinar: 'The World after American Presidential Elections 2020: Continuities and Discontinuities'.  Jan Selby, Professor of Politics and International Relations, University of Sheffield, will be speaking. Further details and Zoom link will be available soon on SLFP Facebook page.
Tuesday 24 November: Sheffield Trades Union Council Meeting.  7pm start. Zoom meeting.
Thursday 26 November:  Sheffield Central CLP Annual General Meeting.  7.15pm start.
Thursday 26 November:  Sheffield Hallam CLP meeting.  7.30pm start.
Saturday 28 November:
 'Resistance to the New Imperialism and Extractivism in the Caribbean'. See facebook page of 'Anti-Imperialists for Global Justice' for details.
Thursday 10 December:  Sheffield Hallam CLP Annual General Meeting.  7.30pm start. Register from 6.30pm onwards.

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