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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 #54 - 29 May 2021

Democracy is relegated!
 
Sheffield’s ruling (by permission of the Greens) Labour Group continues to close its ears as it clings to power in the town hall.
 
Forming a government of national unity – sorry a “co-operative administration – the new leader, Terry Fox, said “We hoped to have a triangular arrangement with the Lib Dems, too. Unfortunately, that has not happened, but we have an agreement with the Greens that will give us an administration and take the city forward”.
 
Terry, who succeeds the short-lived leadership of Bob Johnson who lost his seat in May’s elections, has long coveted the position.
 
And his position was confirmed within hours of the election defeat – so not much chance of a period of reflection as to why Labour lost so badly in the city and what might be changed to improve its standing.
 
The election of Fox goes against the wishes of a significant number of Labour members in the city who petitioned the NEC to allow members to have a say.
 
Labour is running its own version of the disgraced European Super League where the fans – sorry members – have little or no say in how their team is run, what league it aspires to be in and what cost the members must bear when their side loses.
 
The petition, promoted and championed by Sheffield Labour Left, was rejected at the NEC by 20 votes to 11 showing that, although the right continue to control the party apparatus, Starmer and Evans’ are not without some opposition still.
 
The petition stated that: “there have been a myriad of incidents which have brought the city into a bad light on the national stage. Many people, from all wings of the party, have raised concerns with the previous administration, including an enduring unpopularity from the continued fallout from the Streets Ahead highways PFI, and the distance it maintained from party members and the general public alike.”
 
It is that distance – shall we call it that boardroom mentality that brooks no democratic input – that will continue to hamper the city – and the Labour Group – in addressing the  slide from a bastion of Labour support to a City with third division management.
 
As the petition declared: “To decide why we lost and how we regain power, the members who are the forefront of our campaigns must be included in that debate. We believe that this should begin with the next Leader of Sheffield Labour Group being elected by an all-member ballot, rather than by Councillors alone. The process for this should not be rushed, should allow for a comprehensive reflection of the mistakes made, and how we can begin to rectify them.”
 
Well, the rush to appoint a new “manager” (leader) demonstrated once again that while the ruling group rely on the fans (members) to turn out year after year to get them elected, they have no intention of consulting them or allowing them even an opportunity to debate the way forward.
 
Relegation to the amateur leagues beckons if this contempt for the membership is not dropped.

'Justice for Palestine'

Five of the six Sheffield CLPs have overwhelmingly carried resolutions based on the motion below, which is itself based on the statement of 20 of the Socialist Campaign Group of MPs.  Unfortunately not a single Sheffield MP had the courage to sign it, including Olivia Blake who is a member of the Socialist Campaign Group.
Sheffield Labour Left are proud to have worked alongside Sheffield Labour Friends of Palestine to get these carried and forwarded to the NEC.
We are hoping that Penistone & Stocksbridge CLP will make it 6 of 6 for Sheffield CLPs!

'This CLP stands with people all around the world in solidarity with the Palestinian people and in defence of their inalienable rights.  For 14 years Gaza has been under siege.  For 54 years Gaza, the West Bank, including East Jerusalem have been illegally occupied by Israel.  The injustice against the Palestinian people is intensifying.

 This CLP notes that:
 - Following attempts at the forcible expulsion of Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah and Israeli forces storming the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, attacks on Gaza in recent days have killed at least 198 Palestinians including 58 children and 34 women with hundreds more injured and 10 Israelis have been killed including 2 children.  Israel is threatening a ground invasion of Gaza.
 This CLP believes that:
 - A long-lasting peace for both Palestinians and Israelis can only be secured through a just solution that tackles the underlying injustices:  Israel’s illegal occupation, its colonial settlements, its denial of the right of Palestinian refugees to return, its violations of human rights and international law and its siege of Gaza.
  - As the former colonial power that issued the Balfour Declaration, and was then responsible for the Mandate leading up to the Nakba of 1948, Britain has a special responsibility to do all it can to ensure a just peace.
 This CLP, therefore, calls upon the Labour Party leadership to call on the UK government to:
 - Demand an end to the siege of Gaza and the illegal occupation of Palestinian territory;
 - Impose sanctions on Israel for its repeated violations of international law, place an embargo on arms sales and end trade with illegal settlements; 
 - Demonstrate full support for the International Criminal Court’s opening of an investigation into alleged war crimes in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories; and 
 - Recognise the state of Palestine.
 This CLP encourages its members to join demonstrations in solidarity with the Palestinian people and to donate to MAP (Medical Aid for Palestinians).'

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.

Sheffield Labour Left at the Cuba Solidarity Rally - Sheffield 29 May 2021


Local labour movement meetings and events in June:


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

Wednesday 16th June:  Sheffield Labour Left Members' meeting.  7.30pm start. 

Saturday 19th June:  Sheffield Cuba Solidarity Campaign outside the town hall at 12pm.  Rally to demand an end to the US Blockade on Cuba, to coincide with the UN vote on the blockade.

Saturday 19th June:  Orgreave Truth and Justice Rally.  Online.  Starts at 1pm.  More information about the event and speakers here: https://otjc.org.uk/orgreave-annual-rally/ Please check their web page and social media for updates.

Weekend 19/20 June:  'small park BIG RUN 2021'.  Supporting womens education and the Khuzaa childrens healing project in Gaza, Palestine.
http://spbr.sheffieldpsc.org.uk/index.php/small-park-big-run-programme-2021/

Tuesday 22nd June:  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.
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