Report of Left Unity’s national conference

Left Unity’s 2016 National Conference recommits ‘to the radical socialist principles of our party’ Read more »


Plan B for Europe Conference in Copenhagen – A new beginning for the European Left?

Joseph Healy, principal speaker for Left Unity, attended the recent Plan B conference in Copenhagen. This is his report. The Plan B for Europe conference I attended two weeks ago in Copenhagen was organised by the Danish Red-Green Alliance and the Swedish Left Party. Unsurprisingly most of the attendees were Scandinavians, although there were delegates […] Read more »

Austria, Italy – a breathing space for the left

Left Unity reports on the election  in Austria and Italy’s referendum. Sunday’s Austrian presidential election represented a significant defeat for the onward march of the far right in Europe. Although the Austrian presidency is mainly ceremonial, a victory for Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer over former Green leader Alexander van der Bellen would have put […] Read more »

Remembering Verdun: lessons from history

Kate Hudson,  national secretary of Left Unity attended a centenary conference at Verdum last weekend with others from the European left to discuss and debate some of the historical lessons from that period. The Battle of Verdun, lasting from 21 February to 18 December 1916, was one of the largest and longest battles of the […] Read more »

Fidel Castro 1926-2016 Revolutionary

Left Unity national secretary Kate Hudson pays tribute to Fidel Castro. Fidel Castro stood for the liberation of humanity: not only for his own country Cuba whose struggle for freedom from US imperialism he led and won alongside Che Guevara; but also for the peoples of the world fighting for self determination, freedom from colonialism […] Read more »

Left Unity condemns sweeping new surveillance legislation

Last week Parliament passed The Investigatory Powers Act, voting in the most sweeping surveillance powers of any country in western Europe and even the USA.  It legalises extensive snooping and hacking by the security services and means that no one now has the right to communicate privately or securely. Read more »

Left Unity condemns Labour collapse on Brexit and free movement

With John McDonnell’s comments welcoming Brexit as ‘an enormous opportunity’ and Clive Lewis’s on resisting freedom of movement, Labour has finally collapsed completely before the UKIP/Tory bulldozer on Brexit. McDonnell indicated that Labour would not seek to delay Brexit, presumably irrespective of the terms being proposed by the government. Lewis, remarkably, appeared to suggest that […] Read more »

Trump and the Future

Phil Hearse on the Trump victory The shocking victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential elections is a major turning point that is part of, and will give new momentum to, a surge to the right in world politics. The international situation is dealt with below, but for starters we should note that there […] Read more »

Who are ‘the left behind’?

By Tom O’Leary Following the Brexit vote here and the victory of Trump in the US Presidential election there has been much ill-informed discussion of the ‘left behind’, sometimes spuriously described as the white working class who have not benefitted from rising living standards, or even globalisation in general. Read more »

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Discussion & Debate

Right wing authoritarianism could open the door to fascism and war

Phil Hearse continues the debate on Trump, Brexit and the dangers from the right. Neil Faulkner (This is what modern fascism looks like on this site) is right to sound the tocsin about the dangers involved in the new surge of right wing authoritarianism. But his article includes formulations about fascism and the stage we […] Read more »

Overall Benefit Cap (OBC) – Left Unity Workshop Report

On 30 October 2016, Left Unity members and affiliates met in Liverpool for a number of workshops, to share ideas and experiences. Joe Halewood reported from the Overall Benefit Cap (OBC) workshop. Read the report. Read more »

This is what modern fascism looks like

Neil Faulkner opens a debate on the nature of the threat we face from the far right in the wake of the Trump victory Marxists are divided on a question of vital historical importance. If the modern far right is simply an extreme form of conservatism – if Trump, for example, is simply a radical […] Read more »

Solidarity Catering – eat what you like, pay what you can

Do it yourself catering for campaigns in the age of Austerity, as sampled at our 2016 National Conference. In many campaign meetings, these days, there are people who are hungry. Charging for food and drink often stops these campaigners eating, and makes life worse. It makes it harder for people to take a real part […] Read more »

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Local reports

Lambeth libraries: Occupation puts council on the back-foot

Stuart King reports on the recent Lambeth Library occupation In mid April, shortly after a 10-day occupation of the Carnegie library in Lambeth, the first cracks appeared in the monolithic Progress run council in Lambeth. Councillor Rachel Heywood issued an open letter entitled “Why I broke ranks” referring to the fact that she marched with […] Read more »

Carnegie Library Occupation [Days 3-7]

Stuart King gives us a first hand account of the on-going occupation of the Carnegie library in Lambeth. The local council want ot close the library and re-open it with a private gym. DAY 3  – SATURDAY The occupation gives an interview with London Live TV at 9.00am. We got a mention in the Bookseller. […] Read more »

Lambeth library occupied to prevent closure

Stuart King reports from the occupation of the Carnegie Library in Lambeth which faced imminent closure by the local council. Lambeth council had planned to lock the doors of Carnegie Library to the public at 6.00.pm on Thursday night. Instead library users refused to leave and vowed to keep the library in the hands of […] Read more »

NUT conference report

Inbar Tamari reports from NUT conference In the last two days of conference the union debates and reached important decisions regarding funding education and implementing policies in and out of the union. Inclusion and funding Conference noted how changes in government led to inclusion from being the norm for educating learners with special educational needs […] Read more »

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1-7 Dec
One Day Without Us meetings

Meetings in Sheffield, Petersfield, London, Peterborough and Leeds.

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Mon 5 Dec, 12.00
Democracy, Europe and the deal we need

Public meeting with speakers including Paul Mason and Caroline Lucas.

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Sun 11 Dec, 11.00
Day of Action to Defend Democracy in Turkey

Defend Democracy in Turkey as Dictator Erdogan & AKP Attempt to Destroy all Opposition including HDP, Trade Unions, Women’s organisations, Media and NGOs.

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Tues 13 Dec, 19.00
Leeds: From Brexit to Trump – How do we resist the Far Right?

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