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After Conference, where next for the Labour left? – Rachel Garnham, CLPD

"There is a residual strength in the left, built on knowing that only the left has the policy answers to the major crises of the day. So how do we channel that energy and strength?" By Rachel Garnham, Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD) Vice-Chair. Three messages came loud and clear from Labour’s 2021 Annual…

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The End of Universal Credit Uptick a Cliff Edge for Millions

"If this is the first stage of Boris Johnson’s “levelling up” agenda, life will continue to get harder across the board while the Tories’ billionaire mates line their pockets through corporate cronyism and dodgy deals." By Patrick Foley, Hornsey & Wood Green CLP This week, the £20-a-week uptick in Universal Credit (UC) was brought to…

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The Government Must Challenge the Far-Right in Brazil, Not Cosy up to Bolsonaro – Claudia Webbe MP

"For those internationally who doubt the severity of the threat Bolsonaro represents, he has said that "only God" could remove him from power, following earlier comments that he will either be re-elected or killed." More and more Brazilians are rejecting far-right President Jair Bolsonaro writes Claudia Webbe MP. When Boris Johnson and Brazil’s far-right President…

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A Significant Achievement in the Struggle for Palestinian Rights – Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP

"We should be clear. It is illegal under international law to conduct such colonisation in occupied territory or countries. It is a war crime." During the Labour Party Conference 2021, Labour & Palestine hosted the fringe meeting "Speaking up for Palestine - a Litmus Test for Labour," shortly after the conference passed a historic motion…

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Now is the Time to Speak up for Palestine

"If Labour is to have a progressive international foreign policy it has to be on Palestine’s side – on the side of the oppressed, not the oppressor, not the occupier." By Hugh Lanning, Labour & Palestine A historic vote. That is how the Palestinian Ambassador, Husam Zomlot, described the vote at last week’s Labour Party…

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Labour Members Have the Answers to the Crises that Starmer’s Speech Failed to Offer

"While Starmer’s leader's speech failed to give the answers to the crisis, these could be found in the motions adopted by conference delegates and in the discussions that took place in the huge left-wing fringe events." By Lee Brown  Keir Starmer began his leadership speech to Labour Party conference saying he'd "waited 17 months, 23…

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Apsana’s Persecution Highlights the Struggle of Domestic Abuse Survivors Everywhere

"This case has highlighted both the protection granted to abusers through existing legal and governmental systems, and the huge pressures placed on victims through lengthy trials, with victims’ names dragged through the mud." By Patrick Foley, Hornsey and Wood Green CLP. Speaking to Labour Party Conference, Mariam Rasekh, Bethnal Green and Bow CLP, used her…

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Labour Members Lead the Way – Labour Conference Analysis

"Our members are reflective of our wider communities and the appetite for a bold alternative to Tory rule must not be ignored." By Patrick Foley, Hornsey & Wood Green CLP. Labour members and affiliated trade unions showed once again that they are leading the way on policy, putting forward the big ideas that will get…

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Labour’s members have the answers – Keir Starmer should listen to them. Jon Trickett’s Labour Conference assessment.

"It feels like the Conference was in part a contest between the Movement's founding principles - as valid today as they ever were - & revisionism. We can ignore all the noises off from cheerleaders in the media & elsewhere. The drive to social justice still animates our members as strongly as ever it did."

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Labour members made a momentous decision committing our Party to stand solidly behind the Palestinian people – Tony Burke

"As a movement we must support 'effective measures' including sanctions, as called for by Palestinian civil society, against actions by the Israeli state that are illegal according to international law."

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Labour Party Conference Reaffirms Support for the Palestinian Struggle

"Today’s victory is a resounding message that the Labour membership remains firmly committed to the cause of Palestinian liberation." By Sam Browse, Streatham CLP. At Labour Party conference, Labour members today recommitted the party to supporting the Palestinian people in their struggle for self determination. The motion - which received the overwhelming backing of CLP…

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Fighting for unity means fighting against racism – Diane Abbott

"The fact that successive governments have done little or nothing to address [institutional racism] is a marker of how unresponsive they have been to the most egregious and deadly forms of discrimination." By Diane Abbott MP. The evidence of widespread, deep-rooted and longstanding institutional racism is all around us. Everywhere, that is except in the…

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Labour needs to seize the agenda and fight for a Wealth Tax – Richard Burgon MP

"Unless Labour offers its own solutions then, however unpopular certain Tory policies are, we can’t expect the public to see us as the alternative." Richard Burgon MP. The debate on how to fund much-needed social care investment has forced the issue of taxation to the top of the political agenda. The new Tory tax hikes…

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Mobilise, Organise & Fight for our Services – Holly Turner, NHS Workers Say No

"We should be taxing the rich who have profited off the back of this pandemic, not increasing tax for some of the lowest paid workers in the country who have literally risked theirs and their families lives for the past year" By Holly Turner, NHS Workers Say No As an NHS nurse I’m becoming increasingly…

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Where next for Labour’s Green New Deal? Green Social Care – Rebecca Long-Bailey

"A Green National Care Service care can build a caring economy that benefits people and the planet." By Rebecca Long-Bailey MP. The Green New Deal is not just a vehicle to tackle climate change and ensure the health of future generations, it is also the biggest economic lever we have ever had to implement the…

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An Open Letter to Sir Keir Starmer on Public Ownership – We Own It

"Support for public ownership is found across all age groups, regions, class, income, gender, and ethnicity. Even Conservative voters support public ownership of rail and water." In response to Keir Starmer's "The Road Ahead" Pamphlet, Cat Hobbs, Director of We Own It, writes to the Labour Leader on the case for public ownership. In particular,…