Report-back from the Stop the War Coalition AGM 2022

“It reaffirmed the campaign’s opposition to Russia’s invasion, calling for a ceasefire but also for de-escalation and peace talks rather than pouring weapons into Ukraine and making a prolonged war more likely.”

By Stop the War

Stop the War’s conference on Saturday, April 32rd, reflected a growing movement in the face of the worst threats to peace for generations. Delegates and members who attended showed a determination to oppose the war in Ukraine but also to oppose the threat of further militarism and war coming from our government and its allies.

The main resolution on Ukraine, proposed by Stop the War’s officers, was passed overwhelmingly with only 9 votes against. It reaffirmed the campaign’s opposition to Russia’s invasion, calling for a ceasefire but also for de-escalation and peace talks rather than pouring weapons into Ukraine and making a prolonged war more likely. It also opposed NATO expansion which has helped to create the conditions for the present conflict. The British government has been one of the most enthusiastic for more arms spending and sanctions. Boris Johnson has repeatedly dismissed peace talks and is sending further weapons to Ukraine. Two resolutions which were less clear about the opposition to Russia were heavily defeated.

Another resolution from the officers called to expand the reach and influence of the campaign through setting up new groups and reactivating old ones. Since the war in Ukraine began there have been many meetings and protests, and hundreds of new members have joined Stop the War. We need to step up this activity especially in the trade unions, in order to rebut the arguments put by those in the Labour movement like Keir Starmer who support NATO expansion and more military spending. Again, this was overwhelmingly carried.

Conference discussed further motions on nuclear weapons, Afghanistan, and Britain’s involvement in the bloody war in Yemen. Reports on finance and membership showed healthy results.

Conference elected a new steering committee and heard from guest speakers in an opening rally with Riccardo la Torre of the Fire Brigades Union, defence expert Professor Paul Rogers, rapper-activist Lowkey and Stop the War convenor Lindsey German. Jeremy Corbyn rounded off the day with a recorded message and chair Shelly Asquith highlighted future activities – including two international days of action on 7th May and 25th June.


Stop The War protests in London, 24 Feb 2007. This file is licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. Photo credit: David Martyn Hunt

One thought on “Report-back from the Stop the War Coalition AGM 2022

  1. The war in Ukraine needs to be won by Ukraine with support from NATO nations and not stopped until that victory. If the war is not won that way then former Russian colonies from Soviet times will suffer the same fate. Which is the less oppressive and more socially progressive form of regime – Western democracy or Russian corrupt authoritarinism ? Russia is no longer any form of socialist or even potentially socialist regime. It is an extreme capitalist autocracy run by a mad dog leader advised by mystic nationalist & facist ideologues. Get with the programme.

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