The fact that Jeremy Corbyn has made it onto the ballot paper for Labour leader is great news for all socialists. In a poll on the website of the Daily Mirror a staggering 83% have declared him the winner of the first leadership debate on Newsnight and in a survey amongst Labour Party members he came first with an impressive 47%.
We don’t have any illusions that the Labour Party can be transformed into a Communist Party or that it can be “reclaimed” (it was never ours to begin with). But it remains an important site of struggle for communists: “Overcoming Labourism is a central strategic task for communists in Britain”, as it says in the CPGB’s “Theses on the Labour Party”.
The campaign to elect Jeremy Corbyn must be the start of the fight to transform Labour, writes Charles Gradnitzer of Labour Party Marxists in the Weekly Worker.
We urge NfA readers to move the following draft motion in their Left Unity branch/trade union branch (amend as necessary):
“[XY] branch of Left Unity welcomes Jeremy Corbyn’s success in securing a place on the ballot for a new Labour leader. We strongly support his campaign as it strengthens the left as a whole.
Left Unity needs a serious discussion on the Labour Party with a view to developing a long-term strategy.”
This motion was agreed by, amongst others, the LU regional committee of Yorkshire & Humberside