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Sheffield Labour Left  - For Socialism

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 #37 7 November 2020

 Hypocrisy trumps democracy
 
As many have been transfixed for the last week watching the Donald trying to deny democracy in the US elections, so the Labour Party has been trying just the same.
 
Just like Trump who wanted some voters’ ballots to be suppressed, so the Labour Party leadership has wanted some members’ views to be suppressed.
 
The issue is the suspension of the former leader of the Party, Jeremy Corbyn and the actions, led by the new General Secretary, David Evans, have challenged the very idea that democracy exists in the Party.
 
Just remind yourselves of the furore over the disciplinary actions of the Party while Corbyn was leader. On the one hand he was condemned for not sorting out the right wing inspired chaos around summary suspensions of members, many on trumped up charges – but on the other, he was accused of interfering with the disciplinary process – which according to the right he should not do.
 
In true right-wing fashion of wanting to have their cake and eat it, they are at it again.
 
As Corbyn was suspended for his less than fulsome acceptance of the EHRC’s report on anti-Semitism in the party, Starmer has tried to have it both ways. He claimed that the decision to suspend was made by Evans but then, in at least one media interview, claimed he had suspended Corbyn.
 
It seems what is not good for the left when in power is perfectly okay for the right.
 
But it doesn’t stop there. Now guidance has gone out from Evans telling party bodies not to discuss the question of Corbyn’s suspension.
 
This guidance, in direct contravention of the rule book which does not allow such interference with the content of any LCF, CLP or branch meeting – only with its conduct – flies in face of any sense that Labour must be a democratic party.
 
But just stop there for a second and remind yourself where we are on this – MPs can debate the issue, sign letters, write articles, speak at rallies in support of Corbyn, and the leadership of Starmer and Rayner can give media interviews on why they support the suspension, but ordinary party members are not allowed to formally discuss it.
 
Already in Sheffield the LCF Executive, two of the six CLPs and some branches have passed motions in solidarity with Corbyn, sometimes having to overturn the ruling of the chair to get it discussed and voted on.
 
Now, as this newsletter went to press, attempts were being made by Evans to stop motions even being tabled with implied threats of suspension being made to officers who even allow a motion to be put on the agenda.

Grassroots members, and local Officers, on the left of the Party must not allow the rightwing leadership and bureaucracy to silence the views of members.

Labour Party NEC Elections
- Vote Left


The ballot closes at noon on Thursday 12 November, with the results announced the following day.
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 (www.facebook.com/SheffieldLabourLeft) and our own website (http://www.sheffieldlabourleft.org), where you can find an archive of our first 33 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:  
https://labourleft.org

Want to get involved with SLL or become a member? Contact us at the email address below.

Local labour movement meetings and events in November:
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.
Tuesday 24 November: Sheffield Trades Union Council Meeting.  7pm start. Zoom meeting.
Thursday 26 November:  Sheffield Central CLP Annual General Meeting.  7.15pm start. Zoom meeting.
Thursday 26 November:  Sheffield Hallam CLP meeting.  7.30pm start.  Zoom meeting.

Our mailing address is:
info@sheffieldlabourleft.org
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