Announcement to our supporters

(First Left Unity Newsletter)

leftunity3“I think there’s a new mood among people. The serious attacks on public services, on the N.H.S. and education, the savage cuts on the poorest people and the general cynicism with politicians – all this makes us determined to find an alternative. Let’s make a start, in an open and democratic way.” Ken Loach’s message to our new supporters

Thank you for signing Ken Loach’s appeal for a discussion over the formation of a new left party. The appeal has been extremely popular, with well over 2000 people signing it in the space of a week – please continue sharing the appeal with your friends and colleagues:

An important discussion has begun in the movement – which we would like you to contribute to: we are calling for reports on why you signed the appeal – please send us your thoughts and experiences and we will share them on the site.

If you know anyone in your area who has signed the appeal please arrange to meet locally and discuss – why we need a new left party, what it should look like, what it should focus on – and send in your reports. We have a discussion group operating in London and are setting them up in Reading and Leeds – let us know if you would like to be involved in either of these groups or would like to set one up in your area. In the context of the numerous failed left unity projects of the past it is crucial that there is first a thorough critical analysis of how any such party should be structured and operate before steps are taken towards its formation.

Please also send in photos and reports of any campaigns and demos that you are involved in – we would like the site to act as a mouthpiece for the anti-austerity movement and for this to influence the discussion.

We would like to draw your attention to the following events taking place in the coming days:
11:00, Saturday 23 March: Barnet Spring march and protest (Barnet)
13:30, Saturday 23 March: Campaign for Trade Union Freedom: Launch rally (London)
13:00, Monday 25 March: National Demo Against Privatisation – called by Occupy Sussex (Brighton)
13:00, Saturday 30 March: Bedroom Tax protest (London)

We would also like to highlight the People’s Assembly that is taking place in June – the success of this event in bringing together the numerous anti-cuts campaigns will be a crucial step in the anti-austerity movement. Tickets are selling out very quickly for this event – sign up and get your trade union branch or campaign to send you as a delegate.

We have a calendar of events and actions on our site along with an interactive map – please submit details of events and campaigns if they are not listed – you can do so by filling in the contact form at





Bedroom Tax stickers are now available for delivery  from the Left Unity office – if you would like a pack of 25 stickers please use the Paypal button on our site to donate £2 to cover postage, typing ‘stickers’ in the payment message box, or send a cheque with your delivery address enclosed to: Left Unity (stickers), 5 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9DX. Please sticker liberally but legally!


Remember to spread the word far and wide about Ken’s film – and take your friends to see it – it is a culturally important piece with a powerful message that will politicize a significant portion of those that see it.










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7 responses to “Announcement to our supporters”

  1. Sheila Mosley says:

    I haven’t known how to vote for some time because the existing parties do not speak for me. I felt a strong tinge of excitement and hope when Ken Loach spoke about building a Party based on solid socialism. Count me in.

  2. Colin Finch says:

    THis is very exciting and is making me feel happy again.

  3. john r says:

    good post, but the phrase ‘mouthpiece’ to describe the use of this site is not perhaps the most adviseable given the history of much of the left..

  4. Keith Oxborough says:

    If Jerry Hicks becomes the General Secretary of unite, We may find that the Labour party will seriously have to reconsider it’s position on many issues that the left have been pushing for. Jerry has already said that he would only support MP’s that support the proper funding of the NHS, Education, and those policies that help the poorest in our society.

  5. Jay Blackwood says:

    Great initiative which I’m sure will find support in my own area (Bristol). Looking forward to seeing this grow and doing what I can to help!

  6. jane says:

    My comment mirrors Sheila’s, for years not having the conviction to vote for any of the three main parties and certainly not for New Labour, who were always just an airbrushed repackaged and diluted Conservative party by any other name.
    BUT now to keep the impetus forward going – can anyone tell me are there any car stickers for LEFT UNITY other than the bedroom tax stickers – if so I’d be first in the queue to purchase

  7. jay lynch says:

    This is much more than a Unity of the Left. This is becoming a Peoples movement as everywhere all citizens of ALL previous political persuasion are waking up and realises austerity has been a Big Lie. To get rid of this Nazi Government and rebuild a Democracy we need to Unite all organisations including those with centre right ideology. It might be unpalatable but it is vital. We can sort the politics out after the Nazi’s have gone. Vive Le Revolucion!

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