Posts Tagged ‘Left Unity’

General election 2015: far left candidates – the definitive list

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

I just know you’ve been waiting for this: the combined list of far left candidates for the 2015 general election – so far. For once you can believe the hype. This could well be their biggest election challenge ever with 215 candidates – the last time they came close was 2001 off the back of […]

Left Unity one year on

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

This weekend saw Left Unity hold its first national conference. Well, not really. It was preceded by its foundation back in November last year, and a further national gathering in Manchester last March, but who’s counting right? So 12 months down the line, where do things stand with Britain’s newest leftist unity initiatives? Should Labour be worried another potential […]

If you were in Greece, would you vote Syriza or PASOK? But in Britain….

by Kate Hudson.

Last week, Labour voted for the Tory benefit cap. Bad news for those who need to claim benefits, and bad news for those who still hold out hope that Labour will present an economic alternative. This week, we’ve seen Labour’s Lord Warner proposing a £10 a month fee just to see the doctor. Is it […]

It’s hard to disagree with Left Unity about anything much, other than their existence

by Jon Lansman.

I have read several times now the founding statement of Left Unity (set out below) which was carried with the support of three-quarters of the delegates at its founding conference. I agree with it all with the exception of the existential clause, a commitment to “engage in elections offering voters a left alternative” as a party to the left […]

Whither Left Unity?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

This weekend saw the launch of Britain’s newest political party. Left Unity is officially alive. Since Ken Loach called for a left alternative to Labour back in March, there has been a tortuous road to today’s founding conference, as the cpgb’s coverage and comment has demonstrated in anything but gripping detail. Yet 10,000 Facebook likes, 1,000 paid up members, […]

Left Unity? No thanks, at least not yet

by Peter Rowlands.

The initiative by Left Unity (LU) to found a new party of the left (NPL) is the most serious attempt to do so for some years, and merits some consideration. I would like to argue that a NPL should not be formed, at least at least not now, as it is unlikely to succeed and […]

Labour must end a culture, not just a recession

by Barney McCay.

Monday 1 April 2013. Remember that day. With drastic changes in nearly every area of Britain’s Welfare State, you can bet your bottom dollar it’ll engulf the history books of the future. For a start, legal aid has been slashed. So in addition to the pain that losing your job, going through a divorce, or […]

Now’s no time to ditch Labour

by Conrad Landin.

“Responsible capitalism.” It’s a phrase that rolls off the tongue with great ease nowadays. Claimed by Ed Miliband as he attacked “predator” energy companies, media groups and banks, it was seen as a huge Labour success when the term spread across the political spectrum. At least Labour is no longer “intensely relaxed” about people getting […]

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