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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.
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SLL E-Bulletin #39 25 November 2020

Why we have Resigned as Officers of the Sheffield Labour Local Campaign Forum (LCF)
 
We have resigned today as officers of Sheffield LCF with immediate effect for two reasons.
 
The issue that has triggered our resignation has been the events of the last few weeks. The suspension and withdrawal of the whip from Jeremy Corbyn is just the latest attack from the Starmer leadership upon the left in the party.  We believe that all socialists in the party must stand up against these attacks.
 
The determination of the party leadership to erase democracy and socialism within the party, as also demonstrated in the suspensions across the country following the exercising of rights to free speech in the party to defend Corbyn and the policies he represents, demonstrates yet again the direction of the party leadership.
 
In Sheffield, a delegate to the LCF and a member of the LCF Executive, Lee Rock, has been suspended from the party for having the temerity to have successfully proposed a motion to the LCF calling for the withdrawal of the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn. As LCF Officers we cannot stand by silently whilst others are unfairly treated.
 
The fact that the current levels of democracy in the party – or lack of democracy – has led to the other four LCF Officers being intimidated into not being able to support Lee publicly persuades us that there is little to be gained in staying in post.
 
Secondly, Sheffield Council’s ruling Labour Group has shown complete contempt for the party membership with its refusal to work with, and to provide any financial support to, the LCF leading to the redundancy of the LCF’s paid organiser in May.
 
The Group’s contempt was further demonstrated by the appointment of its own organiser four months later with the same money that it should, under Party convention, have been contributing to the LCF. The Labour Group’s idea of a partnership with the membership is clearly only one that primarily serves the interests of Group members.
 
We cannot continue to pour time and energy into something which is neither genuine nor productive in representing those we have been elected to speak for – the party membership across the city.
 
We have always believed that we need to promote a political approach based on equality, democracy and solidarity that presents a socialist alternative to Tory policies. 
 
We urge Labour members to stay in the party and build a genuine socialist opposition from the grassroots upwards which is where our energies will be devoted from now on.
 
Sheffield Labour Left is the natural home for anyone who despairs at the direction of leadership at both local and national level.
 
Anne Phipps – Vice Chair, SLCF
Adrian Roxan – Vice Chair, SLCF
Karen Wilson – Treasurer, SLCF
24 November 2020

Closing the Dore on her way out….
 

So after nearly ten years as leader of Sheffield Council, Julie Dore finally bowed out after promising to go earlier this year but staying on to see through Covid. But what will be her legacy for the city and the cause of socialism?
 
Next May will provide some judgement at the polls as Labour faces the very real prospect of losing overall control of the council.
 
Dore has been a manager rather than a leader. Ruling by division and playing off competing factions within a dysfunctional Labour Group against each other, her style has been one of creating chaos and then providing short term solutions.
 
She will be remembered by many for throwing tree protestors to the wolves in the west of the city and her political ineptitude has led to an unnecessary referendum on governance which will add to Labour woe’s next May.
 
But what of her politics? As the city’s leader throughout austerity, the lack of political opposition to the Tory assault on public services is most revealing. Sheffield is now in the shadow of the bigger players of the north such as Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.
 
Her lack of a political vision – or any coherent political strategy – will see Dore’s “well meaning” approach relegated to that of undertaker at the funeral for the socialist republic of South Yorkshire.
 
We wish her well for the future.

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 35 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/December:
Thursday 26 November:  Sheffield Central CLP Annual General Meeting.  7.15pm start.
Thursday 26 November:  Sheffield Hallam CLP meeting.  7.30pm start.
Saturday 28 November:  'Resistance to the New Imperialism and Extractivism in the Caribbean'. See
facebook page of 'Anti-Imperialists for Global Justice' for details.
Tuesday 1 December:  South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG) AGM.  
Olivia Blake MP is a guest speaker on resisting the hostile environment. To receive login details for the zoom meeting email us at dignitynotdetention@yahoo.co.uk.  7.00pm start.  Zoom meeting.
Thursday 10 December:  Sheffield Hallam CLP Annual General Meeting.  7.30pm start. Register from 6.30pm onwards.

Our mailing address is:
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