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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 #43 3 January 2021

As Starmer & Evans focus on attacking the left rather than the Tories, our left MPs need to fightback:

Open letter to Olivia Blake, MP for Sheffield Hallam

Dear Olivia

We write to you both as concerned constituents and members of Hallam CLP, to seek your support in our efforts to defend democracy in the Labour Party.
We know that you share our belief that the Labour Party needs to be a vibrant force locally protecting the most vulnerable in our community, but we believe that we have now reached a crisis point in the Labour Party with, as we are sure you are aware, a series of actions by the leadership which bring democracy in the Party into disrepute.
As we know that you have supported efforts questioning the leadership’s decisions around denying the Labour whip to Jeremy Corbyn, hopefully you will share the growing concerns among many members of Hallam CLP.
In particular, you will be aware that, as we write to you, at least three officers or delegates of the CLP have been suspended for the “crime” of following party procedures in either proposing motions to be debated or chairing meetings that allowed motions to be debated. They are, in order of their suspension dates:
Lee Rock – Hallam CLP Representative on the Sheffield district body (Local Campaign Forum) – suspended 13 November 2020
Joe Simpson – Hallam CLP Chair – suspended 15 December 2020
Joseph Ashton – Hallam CLP Vice-Chair - suspended 18 December 2020
We know you will share our view that discrimination in all its forms cannot be allowed within the Labour Party and that, to achieve a way forward to fight intolerance, members need to be allowed to discuss the very real challenges society faces.
Members at Hallam CLP have now voted twice to oppose the actions taken against Jeremy Corbyn, and also to oppose the suspensions of Hallam CLP members for speaking out in his defence, or for allowing motions to discuss the issues. Therefore we are writing to you both as our local MP and as the Parliamentary representative for our CLP to ask you to:
a) join with other Socialist Campaign Group of MPs in speaking out publicly to halt these summary suspensions;
b) publicly support the reinstatement of the three suspended Hallam members;
c) continue to help in securing the reinstatement of the PLP whip to former leader Jeremy Corbyn;
d) campaign with others to ensure that ordinary Labour Party members can discuss political issues within their local branches and CLPs
Yours sincerely:

Ben Bower, CLP Secretary 2019 to 2020, CLP Policy & Political Education Officer 2020 to present
Anne Davies, CLP Treasurer 2018 to present
Dylan Cope, CLP Youth Officer 2019 to 2020

Tom Gartrell, CLP Campaigns & Communications Officer 2017 to 2018
Anne Hollows, CLP Women’s Officer 2018 to 2019
Elizabeth Lawrence, CLP Vice Chair (Inclusion) 2017 to 2020
Tony Mercer, CLP Fundraising and Social Officer 2017 to 2019
Adrian Roxan, CLP Campaigns Officer 2017 to 2020
David Sedgley, CLP Secretary 2017 to 2018
Joel Thorpe, CLP Vice Chair (membership) 2017 to 2020
and 41 other members of Hallam CLP


Full list of signatories, and if you wish to sign, here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScssTu7EdvZdma-tFcJawR6ppOQSDQ5jhU7hQf9oH0-DChs9w/viewform

Support the school workers!

So, what is the Labour Party for if it is not to support the working class and their unions in a time of crisis?
 
You may wonder the need for such a question, but the vaunted “new leadership” seems unable to identify itself with simple acts of solidarity.

Let’s be clear – schools should not reopen in the face of a virulent virus that is now overwhelming hospitals and feeding a crisis that is way beyond what was experienced last March.
 
The evidence that schools are incubators for infection is clear. SAGE – the scientists advising the Government on Covid – has said that the current infection rates are “highly unlikely” to be brought under control if schools stay open.
 
The National Education Union(NEU) has advised its members to use Section 44 of the 1996 Employment Rights Act which says you can refuse to work when you have a reasonable belief there is a ‘serious or imminent danger’ to your health and safety or that of others around you.
 
Starmer’s response – “show us the evidence” when it should be “we support teachers and their unions”.
 
As the Government dithers and is constantly behind the curve on the virus, Starmer is standing in the corridor peeping through the classroom window wanting nothing to do with “leadership” or solidarity.

 

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 January:

Tuesday 5 January:  Sheffield CV19 Council of Action.  Emergency Meeting.  'Make Schools Safe. Protect Our Communities'.  7pm start.  Zoom ID 823 3113 8952.  Passcode 654451

Tuesday 12 January:  Sheffield Trades Council meeting for Sheffield Nablus TU partnership.  Sheffield TUC, Sheffield Labour Friends of Palestine and Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign will be joining together to have our first international Zoom meeting with Palestinian trade union contacts, under the new Sheffield Nablus TUC Partnership. We hope to attract wide participation from representatives of unions and workers’ organisations from both cities. 7.00pm start.  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82475288656

Sunday 17 January:  Jeremy Corbyn's 'Project for Peace & Justice' live launch.  3pm to 4.30pm.  https://thecorbynproject.com/events/

Wednesday 20 January:  Sheffield Labour Left Annual General Meeting. Including: Perspectives for 2021; elections to Steering Committee.
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