Labour Party

The Board of Deputies' proposals are not the way to fight antisemitism

Published on: Fri, 17/01/2020 - 18:11

Sacha Ismail

The Board of Deputies of British Jews has asked candidates for the Labour leadership and deputy leadership to sign up to ten proposals for tackling antisemitism.

For sure the party needs a new, much more aggressive approach on fighting antisemitism. But the Board of Deputies’ proposals are both inadequate and, in many respects, wrong and harmful.

Labour needs:

• Serious political education and discussion about antisemitism and fighting it, as part of but distinct within wider antiracist education, throughout the party. This must include discussing antisemitic reactionary anticapitalism, and

Après le déluge - where does Labour go now?

Published on: Fri, 17/01/2020 - 16:33

Alan Simpson

Parliament starts the new decade with Labour still in a state of grief... and anger... about its crushing election defeat. It's a good place to start.

If we're brutally honest, the real grief is not rooted in the depleted number of Labour MPs, nor in the personal tragedy defeat meant for Jeremy Corbyn. At its core is the damage done to the bigger dream that once surrounded Corbyn.

Addressing this offers little comfort to either Left or Right. Bigger picture politics will dominate the years ahead. Even Britain's Defence and Security services recognise that the greatest threats we face (both

Thoughts on Clive Lewis' 10 January campaign event

Published on: Sat, 11/01/2020 - 22:09

Rick Parnet

I attended Clive Lewis’ Labour leadership campaign event at the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton on 10 January. (For his full speech at the event, see here.)

There were lots of good things about it. Clive made an impressive pitch about why he’d chosen that venue, about “Labour heartlands” in the big cities, about not taking the BME and migrant working class for granted, about his political engagement starting with his migrant, black, trade unionist, socialist father. The general thrust and tone of what he said on antiracism, on immigration and on progressing democratisation of the party were

"We want a leader who will help ensure the members decide policy"

Published on: Wed, 08/01/2020 - 15:11

We are proposing this text as a basis for discussion on the questions activists should raise during the leadership contest. Please post comments or ideas below or email us at


We want to make the leadership contest an opportunity to raise the level of political discussion on the left. We call on members and affiliates to press the candidates for clear commitments on continuing the party’s democratisation, above all making conference sovereign; on defending, developing and crucially campaigning for left-wing, pro-working class policies; and on standing up for free

Poor choices for Labour leader

Published on: Wed, 08/01/2020 - 12:11

Sacha Ismail

Labour’s National Executive Committee has set a short timetable for the leadership election. MPs and MEPs have one week to nominate candidates (7-13 January).

Constituency Labour Party [CLPs] and affiliates have one month (15 January-14 February). Voting will run a month and a bit (21 February-4 April).

New members can vote if they join by 20 January. There will be a registered supporters system, in addition to affiliate supporters (eg people registered through their unions).

To get on the ballot, candidates need 10% of Labour MPs and MEPs (22), and then either 5% of constituency parties (33)

Make Labour councils centres of resistance!

Published on: Wed, 08/01/2020 - 11:56

Janine Booth

In the cacophony of post mortems of Labour’s defeat, the role of Labour councils is being overlooked or at least understated.

I think that a significant contributor to the erosion of Labour’s base has been councils which cut services, do the bidding of developers, and are generally bureaucratic, unresponsive and inaccessible to working-class people. They are seen as the establishment and are the first political institution that people see affecting their lives negatively.

This has contributed to the alienation of Labour from working-class communities, to a loss of the idea that by electing

Resist the Tories’ new anti-strike law!

Published on: Wed, 08/01/2020 - 09:55

In his government’s first Queen’s Speech, Boris Johnson has announced that he plans to introduce new laws to restrict strikes.There could be little clearer indication of the class loyalties of his government than this. Despite his wildly hypocritical appeals to “anti-establishment” feeling, here his government shows its true colours, in attempting to further restrict the ability of working-class people to take action to improve our lives.

The law is designed to initially target the rail and transport industries, imposing a “minimum service requirement” which would effectively ban transport

Trotskyism and Stalinism in the Labour Party

Published on: Tue, 07/01/2020 - 18:17

Daniel Randall

A Times article of 21 December reported that Rebecca Long-Bailey had appointed “self-proclaimed Stalinist” Alex Halligan to organise her campaign for the Labour leadership; the article highlighted in particular a badge worn by Halligan appearing to celebrate violence against “Trotskyites”. Then, on 27 December, Owen Hatherley in the Guardian asserted that the anti-Brexit wing of the Labour left is “dominated by members or ex-members of Trotskyist groups”, and referenced Paul Mason's argument that “Stalinists” such as Andrew Murray and Seumas Milne must be “forced out”. Do these terms have any

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