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SLL E-Bulletin #63 - 21 September 2021

Firth Park by-election
- further ill omens for Labour

 
The Firth Park by-election is further evidence of the likely loss of Labour’s control of Sheffield City Council - and this is more than just about yet another appalling turnout (just 19% of the electorate voted).
 
The wafer-thin majority for a Labour hold of just 41 from the Lib Dems compares to a Labour majority of 1,086 only last May on a turnout only slightly better at 23.46%. 
 
The Labour Group’s alliance with the Greens to maintain control of the Council now seems to have set the Lib Dems up to make gains at the next local election with the inevitable “a vote for the Greens is a vote for Labour” as their slogan.
 
The Greens vote was halved while the Lib Dems vote rose from 153 in May to 1,050 in the by election.
 
Whichever way you analyse this result, it signals that Labour’s fingertip hold on the city will likely break next time.
 
But the Labour Group continues to refuse to believe that the light at the end of the tunnel is in fact an express train driven by the Lib Dems.
 
While the Labour leadership involves itself in public disagreements with its Green partners about pedestrianizing the city centre, Sheffield is in steady decline.
 
Tory austerity is continuing with more cuts forecast for local councils as even Conservative local government leaders bemoan the lack of proper financial support from their own party.

A hollowed-out city centre along with the continuing struggles for Meadowhall to attract new tenants for empty units speak of a long-term retail crisis. The Council is warning that this will have a devastating impact on the Council’s income from business rates.

The Labour Group’s latest financial update makes sobering reading identifying a £44m Covid related overspend this year with more than £30m of that accounted for in Social Services.

Homelessness and poverty continue to rise with the uplift on Universal Credit about to be removed.

So where is the Labour Group plan to save the city from further catastrophe?

Volunteers are already being sought for redundancy from the Council’s workforce and the question to be asked is where will this end?
 
Where is a political response to this crisis uniting the people of the city against this Tory Government? An electoral turnout of just 19% makes it look like that task is beyond the Labour Group.
 
As the right continues to pursue its vendetta on anyone who voted for Corbyn, the city – not to mention society at large – is crying out for political leadership in opposition. Unfortunately, opposition is likely to be the home for Labour in Sheffield soon.

Select Left Labour Candidates for City Council

There are presently 37 people on the Sheffield Labour Party panel of candidates for the 28 ward seats coming up for election in May 2022. Of these:  11 are sitting councillors seeking to be re-selected; and 13 are women (6 of them sitting cllrs).  11 seats are All Women Shortlists.

Whilst many of the candidates will focus on local community activities, competing with the insurgent Lib Dems on the same ground, and for some being a Labour councillor is a stepping stone to becoming a well-paid MP, there are those from the left of the Party who also seek to campaign to transform society.

We need to elect City Councillors who will focus not on trying to simply manage the city and have tidier neighbourhoods etc, but will also campaign against the Tories and the exploitative system they represent.

At present Sheffield Labour Left is recommending nominations and votes at ward selection meetings for the following candidates:

Hassun El-Zafar
Craig Gamble-Pugh
Jackie Kennedy
Nabeela Mowlana
Abdullah Okud
Minesh Parekh
Lee Rock

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 60 bulletins.
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 with SLL or become a member? Contact us at the email address below.
Local labour movement meetings and events in late September:


Friday 24th September:  Sheffield YS4C are joining the call for a school students strike for the climate.  Assemble at Devonshire Green at 1.30pm.  March at 2pm to the Town Hall.

Tuesday 28th September:  Sheffield Trades Union Council (STUC) monthly meeting.  Starts 7pm.  All trade union members are welcome.  Only delegates can vote.

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.
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