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SLL E-Bulletin #34 -  16 October 2020

New leadership needed in Sheffield

As the Party nationally boasts of being under Keir Starmer’s new leadership, it seems Sheffield is crying out for the same thing - but for a socialist left leadership in our case.
Julie Dore is still holding on to her position of leader of Sheffield City Council despite being committed to stand down at the next elections in May 2021. Indeed, she would be gone by now but for the postponement due to Covid 19 of the local polls earlier this year.
Her time in charge will be remembered by many for the debacle over trees which hit the headlines this week with a damning report not only on the policy to fell so many trees but also the heavy-handed response to those who dared to challenge her.
You would think that this might lead to attempts to rebuild bridges in the city with those who she has so autocratically ignored.
Not a bit of it. The Labour Group, under her leadership, has gone out of its way to try and crush any opposition. The Local Campaign Forum (district party) has been starved of funds by the Group for over two years contributing to the redundancy of the paid organiser for the Party in the city.
Lo and behold, but four months after forcing this, the Group is to hire its own paid organiser – employed through the regional office – to carry out much of the same duties as the LCF’s organiser.
When challenged, the Group claims this is a temporary post to win the elections next May, but cynics might suggest that there was a paid organiser with just that role and it cost the LCF many thousands of pounds of members’ subs to pay redundancy for no obvious reason.
The truth is that, as ever, the right of the Party is at times more interested in fighting the left than fighting the Party’s real opposition – the Tories and, locally, the Lib Dems.
The May elections will be unusual as there is unlikely to be any opportunity for doorstep conversations or canvassing face-to-face. So the results are likely to be very difficult to predict with many of the usual assumptions about turn outs and what might just tip the polls in the party’s favour redundant. 
Julie Dore clearly thinks she can deliver a win for Labour for her successor – who ever that might be. But we are in such uncertain times that Labour may just be punished for the haphazard and autocratic leadership that Dore has exerted over the city.
As comrades cite the local government innovation of places like Preston and Dagenham & Redbridge, Sheffield feels firmly rooted in old politics where grudges and prejudice prevent any attempt to revive local democracy with a socialist agenda.

Sheffield Central CLP
- Resolution against censorship
- Carried at the CLP meeting of 24th 

This CLP notes the General Secretary's 12 August circular to CLP Secretaries and Chairs informing them that several areas of Party business are "not competent business" for CLPs to discuss.
This conflicts with the Party's long-standing custom and practice and tradition, whereby both affiliates and CLPs have the right to engage in discussions and adopt positions on matters across the full range of party business and policy.
One reason our Party is among the largest in Europe is because internal debate has always been encouraged. Members/CLPs have always been able to freely express their views to the NEC and the Leadership. This apparent break with that democratic tradition within our Party is a matter of concern.
We accept that on occasions there will be genuine legal reasons that could necessitate restricting open discussion on certain matter(s). This restriction should be approved by the NEC (or its Officers) after consideration of the relevant legal advice. This CLP believes that it is for the elected NEC to decide on those matter(s) that should be restricted. The new General Secretary should not be making unilateral decisions of this nature.
We therefore call on the NEC to defend the right of CLPs and affiliates to discuss the full range of party issues as per established custom and practice.

[For information - We note Labour Party Rule Book Chapter 7 - Rules for CLPs, Clause II, Section D, which states that the 'Aims and Values' of CLPs include: 'To provide the opportunity for all individual members of the Party within the constituency to contribute to the development of the aims and policies by ensuring that a full range of Party activities are available to them....']
Labour Party NEC Elections
- Vote Left

Ballot papers for the Labour Party National Executive Committee elections will start to arrive from Monday 19 October.  These will be sent to the email address registered with the Labour Party.
The ballot closes at noon on Thursday 12 November, with the results announced the following day.

Ordinary members only get to vote for 9 CLP places on the 38 member NEC, which is obviously a shame in terms of the party representing the views of ordinary members.

That said, it is important that the left try to get elected as many of those 9 places for the left.
The voting system is a single transferable vote (STV) where comrades should list as many candidates as possible by preference.

Sheffield Labour Left are calling for a vote for the following in these NEC elections.

Two from the Labour Left Alliance (LLA)

Roger Silverman
Chaudhry Qamer Iqbal

Plus, despite our criticisms regarding the way the slate was chosen, the CLGA slate of six:

Gemma Bolton
Yasmine Dar

Laura Pidcock
Ann Henderson
Mish Rahman
Nadia Jama

It is unlikely that your vote will go beyond these 8, but if it does then please consider your 9th and 10th choices to be for the two other Labour Left Alliance candidates nominated in Sheffield:

Carol Taylor-Spedding
Ekua Bayunu

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 32 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 October/November:

Thursday 22 October:  Sheffield Central CLP meeting. Zoom meeting.

Thursday 22 October:  Sheffield Hallam CLP meeting.  7.30pm to 9.30pm.  Zoom meeting.

Friday 23 October:  Penistone & Stocksbridge CLP meeting.  Zoom meeting.

Thursday 29 October:  Sheffield Heeley CLP meeting.  Zoom meeting.

Tuesday 3 November:  South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG) fortnightly meeting.  7.00pm start.  Zoom meeting.

Thursday 5 November:  Sheffield Brightside & Hillsborough CLP monthly meeting.  Zoom meeting.

Tuesday 10 November:  Sheffield Labour Local Campaign Forum meeting.  7.00pm until 9.30pm.  Zoom meeting.

Tuesday 17 November:  South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG) fortnightly meeting.  7.00pm start.  Zoom meeting.
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