Corbyn: Model resolution

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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

Motion on Laurie McCauley

for discussion at the LU national council June 14 2015

Laurie McCauley is a member of Left Unity and the Communist Platform. He was suspended by Manchester branch nearly a year ago. Though there have been vague accusations of “persistently disruptive behaviour” the fact of the matter is that he was suspended because he wrote a critical article in the pages of the Weekly Worker (see ‘What “safe spaces” lead to’ May 15 2014). Continue reading

LU needs a special constitutional conference!

Please pass this motion at your branch/committee/caucus – and let us know if it has been passed by sending an email to office @ cpgb.org.uk.

Our constitution is unfit for purpose.The National Council cannot properly function as a leadership. Nor does the Executive Committee provide day to day leadership. Furthermore, the November 2014 rejected the ‘Safer spaces policy’ (Left Unity constitution appendix I).Therefore the National Council will organise a special conference in 2015 to consider amendments and possible constitutional alternatives.

Statement

The steering committee of Communist Platform wishes to publicly make clear its position on recent problems occurring with internal elections in Left Unity. Specifically, one of our candidates, Tina Becker – placed third on our recommended list for the 15 directly elected national council seats, and therefore a comrade we hold in some high esteem – had her candidacy disallowed. This was announced by Chris Hurley, a member of the disputes committee, just before the two-week voting period finally closed. Continue reading

Statement on the candidacy of Steve Freeman in Bermondsey

Communist Platform statement

1. Steve Freeman has announced that he is a parliamentary candidates in Bermondsey and Old Southwark for the May 7 general election. He is standing as a Republican Socialist. He is therefore opposing Kingsley Abrams, a candidate jointly backed by the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition and Left Unity. Politically this amounts to sabotage. Continue reading

Candidates give their answers to our 7 questions

These are the questions posed by the Communist Platform to those standing for the leadership

1. Do you publicly criticise all calls, manifestos and organisations calling for a British withdrawal from the European Union? Will you publicly advocate the programme of establishing working class power throughout Europe?

2. Do you oppose the idea of forming some kind of bloc within Left Unity that includes the social-imperialist Alliance for Workers’ Liberty? Should those who support the pro-Nato government of Petro Poroshenko, who refuse to condemn the 2003 invasion of Iraq or the possibility of an Israeli nuclear strike against Iran, be considered legitimate bloc partners?

3. Do you give priority to Left Unity or the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition? Do you agree that Tusc is a diversionary Labour Party mark II project?

4. Do you support openness and accountability? Do you consider reporting and commenting on Left Unity officers, branches, regions, national council, conferences, etc, perfectly normal and acceptable? Will you publicly condemn the suspension of Laurie McCauley? Do you demand his immediate reinstatement?

5. Do you disassociate yourself from those who resort to violence or threats of violence within the left? Will you insist that anyone found guilty of making such threats issue a public apology, no matter how belatedly?

6. Do you think Left Unity should draw a clear red line between the socialist politics of the working class and the petty bourgeois politics of the Green Party?

7. Do you support the call for a Left Unity constitutional conference in 2015?

In this article in the Weekly Worker, Paul Demarty examines the responses and wonders why many are so reluctant to respond in good faith.

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Election statements – 15 nationally elected NC members

1. Yassamine Mather (West London)

Nominated by Moshe Machover (Camden and Islington)

I am standing in LU elections as a supporter of the Communist Platform. Over the last few years, as inequality has widened the prevailing strategy of the left has been to slide further to the right, putting forward what it consider to be ‘acceptable’, ‘moderate’ policies.

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