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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 #57 - 18 July 2021

SLL Statement:

Solidarity with Supporters of Socialist Appeal!

 
Sheffield Labour Left condemns the right-wing proposal, to be discussed via a motion at next week’s meeting of Labour’s National Executive Committee, that Socialist Appeal be a proscribed political organisation. Labour Against the Witch Hunt, the Labour In Exile Network and Resist, the new political organisation founded by former Labour MP Chris Williamson, are also included in the NEC motion. This initiative marks the beginning of the latest phase of the right wing’s witch hunt of the left in the Labour Party.
 
It is reported that the NEC motion cites Chapter 2, Clause I.4.B of the Party’s Rule Book in support of the proposal for proscription; in other words, if this motion were carried, support for Socialist Appeal (such as selling or writing for the newspaper of Socialist Appeal, running Socialist Appeal street stalls, or describing oneself as a supporter of Socialist Appeal) would become incompatible with membership of the Labour Party.
 
This rule is intended to exclude people who support political organisations which stand candidates against the Labour Party in elections. Yet supporters of Socialist Appeal have always campaigned in support of the Labour Party, in both local and general elections. 
 
Sheffield Labour Left suspects that it is the work that supporters of Socialist Appeal have done to promote socialist ideas within the Party and their expression of no confidence in the current leadership, that is the real reason for the proposed proscription, and it asks why right-wing organisations, such as Progressive Britain and Labour First, have not been proscribed, given the damage their supporters did to Corbyn’s leadership and to the Party’s chances of success in the General Elections of 2017 and 2019. Moreover, it recalls what the Party said in 2012, when the GMB union proposed that Progress, a right-wing political organisation that merged with Policy Network to form Progressive Britain, be proscribed: that the Labour Party is a ‘broad church’ and is ‘not in the business of excluding people.’ 
 
Sheffield Labour Left therefore opposes any expulsion of supporters of Socialist Appeal from the Labour Party and stands in solidarity with them and with the hundreds of other Party members who have been unjustly suspended and expelled in previous phases of the witch hunt against the left.
 
The leadership of the Party must change, the right wing in the Parliamentary Labour Party must be held to account through a process of mandatory reselection, and Party officials, including the General Secretary, must be elected, not appointed. We want the Labour Party to become a mass political party of the working class that is led by socialists who will fight for the interests of the working class. 
 
We call on Labour Party members in Sheffield to join us in our fight against the persecution of the left in the Labour Party.

Open Meeting -
organised by Sheffield Labour Left:

‘International Solidarity with Palestine & Latin America’


Date:  Wednesday 21st July.

Time:  7pm until 9pm.

Online: us02web.zoom.us

With international institutions, and local Israeli organisations, now publicly calling Israel an apartheid state, plus the ongoing attempts to oppress socialist-orientated movements in South America and elsewhere, it is as important as ever that socialists here show solidarity with those oppressed and fighting back for a better world.

This meeting is open to all, there will be plenty of time for questions and contributions.

Speakers:

Musheir El-Farra – Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

John Smith – Sheffield Cuba Solidarity Campaign. Author of ‘Imperialism in the 21st Century’.

Maria Vasquez-Aguilar – Chile Solidarity Network (Sheffield)

The meeting will be chaired by Martin Mayer, the Chair of Sheffield Labour Left.

(SLL reserves the right to deny entry.)

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 55 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 July:


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

Wednesday 21st July:  Sheffield Labour Left open meeting on 'International Solidarity with Palestine & Latin America'. See box above for details.

Tuesday 27th July:  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.


Please check first with your CLP if meetings are going ahead, as many close down during August.
Our mailing address is:
info@sheffieldlabourleft.org
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