Posts under ‘Labour’

What trade unions can do in spite of the “Gagging Act”

by Keith Ewing.

Many readers will recall the great controversy that was provoked by the clumsily entitled Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning etc Act 2013 at the time it was passed. It is clear its purpose was to clear the pitch for the Tories, to allow them to dominate the election with their city-fuelled war chest. Opponents – […]

Campaign for Labour Party democracy points the way forward

by Mick Loates.

The Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD held its annual general meeting, its 42nd, on Saturday (28 February) at Conway Hall in central London.  Ove)r 80 CLPD members and supporters attended, and there was much discussion and debate on the way forward for the Labour Party. Chair Gaye Johnston introduced Kelvin Hopkins MP as first […]

The truth about Labour and Austerity

by Paul Cotterill.

The labour movement’s post-election battleground: Part I of II Back in January, I was invited by Left Futures to provide a response to a post by Trevor Fisher.  Trevor considers Labour a lost cause when it comes to austerity. This is his conclusion: The objective of the austerity movement is to destroy everything that Lloyd […]

Syriza wow Labour delegates at Yorkshire conference

by George McManus.

Over 50 Yorkshire and Humber Labour Party delegates packed into Saturday’s  fringe meeting in Leeds to hear from the front line in what has been labelled ‘A Very European Coup‘. Professor Costas Douzinas, Professor of Law at Birkbeck College in London told a packed audience that there was a parallel between Chris Mullin’s classic story A Very British Coup and recent […]

On austerity, the Labour-union link and the threat of state funding political parties

by Billy Hayes.

This is an abridged version of the speech by Billy Hayes to yesterday’s conference and AGM of the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD) It is a privilege to address your conference. CLPD gives coherence to everything the left stands for inside of the party – to be practical, effective and principled. There is no difference […]

TUC expresses solidarity with Greece; Labour remains silent

by Jon Lansman.

The TUC General Council this week expressed its solidarity with the people and trade unions of Greece in no uncertain terms. If only the political wing of the Labour movement would follow suit! Some Labour MPs have individually signed a supportive early day motion but even they are surprisingly few. We’d urge readers to do […]

Support Katy Clark and Jon Lansman for the Conference Arrangements Committee

by Peter Willsman.

Although most Labour Party members are now focused mainly on working for a Labour victory in the general election, there are some important internal party elections shortly after 7 May. Since the closing date for nominations in those elections is 10 June and many constituency parties won’t even have a cycle of meetings before that date, many […]

Blue Labour and the Church of England: on class, ethnicity and politics

by David Pavett.

The recent pastoral letter of the Church of England bishops (Who is my neighbour?) is an effort to inject ethical considerations into a pre-election process in which they are seen to be in short supply. Jon Cruddas, head of the Labour policy review, wrote an article in the Guardian welcoming the letter in glowing and […]

What does the general election mean for the NHS?

by Andy Newman.

With the general election just weeks away, it is worth considering what the stakes are for the NHS. Although the record of the last Labour government is controversial in some respects, such as introducing PFI, and bringing rapacious private contractors like Carillion, and ISS into the NHS, both of whom the GMB trade union have […]

On the folly of yearning for the Pasokification of Labour

by David Osland.

Not a few superannuated Bennites, and indeed anybody who prefers their social democracy served straight no chaser, will be entirely entranced by Greek politics right now. Here, for the first time in three decades, is a leftwing European government locked into a collision course with neoliberalism. Circumstances specific to that country have enabled Syriza to win […]

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