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SLL E-Bulletin #68 - 7 December 2021

End of year report

– Starmer falling short!

Starmer’s declared mission is to attract back Tory voters and steer Labour back to power. But as 2021 has gone by, he has expended more energy on evicting Socialists from the Labour tent than on trying to bring down the Tory camp! 

But the real test will come at the next General Election – which might not be far away if pundits’ predictions of a 2023 poll are realised. 

So how has Labour done when electors have had their say? Well, the recent Bexley and Sidcup result will make unhappy reading for Starmer. 

Held at the height of public outcry about sleaze and corruption at the heart of Johnson’s rabble of a Government, you would expect Labour to make good on Starmer’s lurch to the right to attract Tory voters. 

But the result – and the mood music around it – makes for depressing reading for Keir and his chums. 

The result itself – based on a 34 per cent turnout – is not something from which significant conclusions can be drawn. A decent 10.3 per cent swing to Labour would, if replicated nationally, draw Labour closer to the Tories but not be enough to win the keys to No 10. 

Some of the comments made by electors should worry those pinning their hopes on Keir and his Blair tribute cabinet winning the hearts and minds of the electorate whenever Johnson decides is the best moment to seek a second term. 

Coverage in the run up to the by election relied heavily on that age old newspaper favourite of a ‘vox pop’ – bothering to talk to ‘real people’ about what they think. 

The Guardian – hardly a friend of the Tories – was quick to pursue this path with depressing results for Labour. Some of the excerpts included: 

Stephanie, a hairdresser, has always voted Conservative and will probably do so again on Thursday. She called Johnson an “idiot” – a view she said was shared by customers. “If we had a strong leader in opposition, I might be looking for a change in government – but better the devil you know,” she sighed. 

City worker Michael associated Johnson with scandal, breaking rules and U-turns, raising reports that the prime minister attended a party in Downing Street during the second lockdown. Michael said the background he came from meant he “should be voting Labour” but complained leader Keir Starmer had shown “no leadership”. “He just puts up objections but no solutions.” 

John, who identified as a “Tory voter” and called Johnson a “buffoon” but also “the best of a bad bunch”. 

If Stephanie, Michael, and John are the kind of Tory voters Starmer needs to win back, then he is going to be sorely and, ultimately fatally, disappointed – and defeated. 

His only hope, and seemingly his only strategy, is that enough of the electorate will eventually fancy a change from Johnson.  Hardly a winning formula to attract the millions of non-voters required to get the keys to Number 10.

Sheffield Labour Left statement: 

Council Leader should apologise for picket line debacle 

Sheffield Labour Left (SLL) has called on Sheffield Council leader Terry Fox to apologise for crossing a picket line yesterday in direct contravention of the principles of the Labour and Trade Union movement. 

An SLL spokesperson stated ‘Solidarity with workers on strike is the first principle of the Labour and Trade Union movement and Councillor Fox, and those of his colleagues from the Labour Group who also crossed the picket line, should hang their heads in shame’. 

The UCU (University and College Union) are supporting around 50,000 staff at 58 universities across the UK who have a mandate to take industrial action over pensions, pay and working conditions.

Some members of Sheffield’s Labour Group used a side door of a university building to ‘avoid’ the picket and hold a Labour Group meeting. That meeting, subsequently voted not to cross the same picket line later in the day.

SLL believes there is no excuse or justification for crossing the UCU picket line, either by a side door or the front door, and that the Labour Group leadership should take responsibility for their mistaken actions.

A number of Labour councillors, to their credit, refused to enter the building.

Sheffield Labour Left believes that what is needed is a simple apology, an admission that they got it wrong and a commitment to ensure that Labour councillors do not cross picket lines in the future.

The SLL spokesperson added ‘Perhaps the donation of their councillor allowances for Wednesday to the UCU hardship fund might be a good starting point to any apology’.

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 65 or so bulletins.

We are connected to no other group, but work alongside others whose aims we share to see elected a socialist-led government.

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