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Sheffield Labour Left  - For Socialism

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SLL E-Bulletin #53 - 9 May 2021

Losing the election – as easy as ABC?

So the first test of the ABC crowd – Anyone But Corbyn – went well! The concept moved on to ABL – Anyone But Labour..
 
Nationally - this means England because Wales held up well and Scotland ditched Labour a long time ago – the “Super Thursday” elections were less than super for Starmer and his supporters.
 
With a few exceptions in places with either a socialist leaning leadership such as Preston or an opposition politician of some clout such as Andy Burnham, Starmer’s brand of “don’t say anything and let the Tories mess up” was shown to be an empty promise.
 
Sheffield Council has now been thrown away from a supposedly safe Labour stronghold to one of “No Overall Control” with the Greens and Lib Dims set to take over ownership of the hollowed-out carcass that used to be a local authority.  We had predicted a net loss of 7 seats, which in the end was slightly optimistic as the net loss for Labour was 8 seats.
 
Analysis of the results makes unhappy reading for the “strategists” in the Labour Group who poured their efforts into five key target seats only to lose four of them – Walkley, Beighton, Stocksbridge and East Ecclesfield. To cap that, Labour also lost Gleadless, Beauchief, West Ecclesfield and, most notably of all, Hillsborough.
 
This saw the demise of Council Leader Bob Johnson, surely one of the shortest terms of political leadership in Sheffield’s history.
 
The right will argue that Corbyn is to blame – the shelf life of that ridiculous excuse has run out. Others will blame the trees fiasco.
 
But at the core of this defeat will be the complete lack of connection between the Group and the Party and, in many parts of the city, the Council and its communities.
 
There are some exceptions – Burngreave where the vote was solid, Crookes where a  local candidate worked hard to win – but these are small compensation for a period of opposition.
 
The Group’s response has been to elect Terry Fox, deputy to Julie Dore for many years, as the new leader. Less a new broom, more an old brush.
 
Add the ignominy of now having a Tory councillor in Stocksbridge – a sign that Penistone & Stockbridge is now a bridgehead into the city for the Tories– and the road back for Labour in the city is a long and difficult one.
 
What is obvious is that there needs to be a complete overhaul of Labour’s vision – as in there needs to be one! These results in Sheffield demonstrate that the Greens have attracted many on the left, the Tories likewise the Brexit voters on the right, the Lib Dims the centre ground leaving Labour staring in from outside the political battleground.
 
Socialist policies rooted in the communities this city serves are the only way forward – Preston has shown one way but Sheffield’s Labour Group continues to fail to see the need for radical transformative policies whilst also taking on the Tories.

'Where now for the left in Sheffield Labour?'

Open Meeting:
- organised by Sheffield Labour Left


Wednesday, 19 May 2021 at 19:30.

As the dust settles after the local elections with Labour having lost their majority on Sheffield City Council (and the disastrous Hartlepool by-election), and with the continuing shift to the right of the Labour Party under Sir Keir Starmer, the meeting gives left activists in the Labour Party an opportunity to discuss the way forward.

Speakers:

Chris Peace
(Labour Parliamentary Candidate for North East Derbyshire in 2019.)

Sophie Wilson
(Labour Parliamentary candidate for Rother Valley in 2019.)

Glyn Secker
(Founding member and on the Executive of 'Don't Leave Organise').

To be chaired by Martin Mayer (SLL Chair).

There will be plenty of time for contributions and questions from attendees.


Zoom details:  Online: us02web.zoom.us

(SLL reserves the right to refuse entry.)

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 May:


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

Wednesday 19th May:  Sheffield Labour Left Open meeting.  7.30pm start.  See details in column above.

Tuesday 25th May:  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.
Our mailing address is:
info@sheffieldlabourleft.org
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