Next national meeting of the ComPlat: 14th September


“Traitor”: Alfred Dreyfus is demoted

The suggested agenda (to be ratified by meeting) is:

  1. Anti-Semitism
  2. Israel-Palestine

.12:00pm, Sunday 14th September

Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Road, London WC1

All Communist Platform members and supporters welcome. There will be assistance with fares for those who need it.

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Defend free speech in Left Unity!

first-amendment-us-little_art_fullAfter reporting on attempts to censure one member of Manchester LU, Complat supporter Laurie McCauley has been suspended from the branch, on the basis of spurious complaints about ‘privacy’ of branch matters.

As well as another report from Manchester, the Weekly Worker features several articles on transparency, the right to criticise, and the repeated failure of previous attempts to make it big by hushing up, and clamping down on openly expressed political differences:

Free speech: The permitted shades of grey

Karl Marx stood for free speech, in the tradition of the first amendment to the US constitution, writes Eddie Ford

Left Unity: Freedom to criticise must be defended

Laurie McCauley reports on his suspension from Manchester branch

Left Unity: A matter of political health

Unity requires freedom to criticise, argues Paul Demarty

‘Speaking bitterness’ and Left Unity

The precursor of ‘safe spaces’ was unsuccessful and destructive in past movements of the oppressed, writes Mike Macnair

Report of May 31 Communist Platform national meeting

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Bad results in 2015 could lead to desertions

In the wake of the May 22nd local & European elections, the main topic of discussion at the national meeting of the Communist Platform on May 31st was electoral strategy and tactics.

ComPlat supporter Peter Manson reports, in ‘Dispelling delusions of easy success’ over at the Weekly Worker site:

May 22 election results… and high jinx in LU Scotland


Left results: a sorry joke.

ComPlat supporter Peter Manson on the results garnered by Left Unity and other left groups in the May 22 local elections:

And Sarah McDonald reports on the failed, bureaucratic attempt by elements of LU in Scotland to impose support for a ‘Yes’ in the upcoming independence referendum:

Report on Manchester LU, & the Gerry Adams controversy


The current issue of the Weekly Worker carries two articles concerning Left Unity.

In the first, ComPlat supporter Laurie McCauley reports on worrying developments in the Manchester branch, where a motion of censure has been brought against one comrade, for comments on the internal email list expressing polite disagreement with other members:

In other news, the writing of a fairly innocuous press release by the LU leadership on the arrest of Gerry Adams, in a rare display of initiative, has kicked off a huge barney on the article’s comment thread. Paul Demarty attempts to explain that avoiding disagreements is a road to nowhere in this article:

Report on Sheffield LU

cotton_woolThe touted ‘Safe Spaces’ policy being pushed by some in Left Unity has been hotly debated in the Sheffield branch. ComPlat supporter Tina Becker reports in the Weekly Worker:

In the same issue, Paul Demarty offers comment on the ‘regroupment’ talks of several organisations also involved in Left Unity:

Communist Platform Steering Committee recommendations for LU regional elections

These elections, for regional places on LU’s National Committee are using the STV system, in which candidates are ranked in order of preference.

North West Region

1. Laurie McCauley

2. Steve Wallis

Yorkshire & Humber Region

1. Tina Becker


1. Sarah McDonald

2. Emily Chaplin

3. Joy Macknight

Candidates’ statements for elections to Left Unity National Committee

Four members of the Communist Platform are standing in elections for regional seats on the National Committee, the leadership body of Left Unity. Most of these seats went unfilled in the elections prior to conference after not enough candidates stood.

Ballot papers have been distributed via email- if you are a member of LU and have not received yours, email Voting closes at midnight on Monday 5 May 2014.

Click our candidates’ name to skip to their election statement.
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