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The movement in support of Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leader has set politics alight – and got the media in a panic.
Corbyn’s candidacy is demonstrating the mass support that exists in society for the policies he stands for, and Left Unity has also supported since its foundation: an end to austerity and war, a different society based on peace and equality.
This unexpected movement is an expression of the same sentiment that is seeing a new left rise across Europe – with the difference in expression perhaps down to Britain’s archaic electoral system.
Left Unity wishes the campaign all the best. This is an opportunity for the Labour Party to become the party it was founded to be, defending and extending its great achievements of the welfare state – the party that millions want.
Unfortunately the Labour right are already planning a coup if Jeremy Corbyn wins. As part of their plot to unseat him, Labour MPs are winding up the right wing press by saying that the “hard left” is “infiltrating” the Labour Party.
But it is Labour that decided to allow anyone to sign up as a supporter for £3 and get a vote. Left Unity does not encourage its members to sign up. Nevertheless we ask: in a week where the vast majority of Labour MPs abstained on the brutal cuts in the welfare bill, who are the real infiltrators?
Is it the people who are signing up to vote in the hope of turning Labour back to its roots? Or is it the MPs who, when they are asked whether the poor should be made to pay, failed to vote against it?
It is urgent that we keep up active solidarity with Greece – in particular through active fundraising. Faced with a severe shortage of medicines and the near collapse of parts of the Greek healthcare system, the Greece Solidarity Campaign has launched a fundraiser for medical aid.
Left Unity supporters across the country are starting to raise much-needed cash for this campaign – can you organise any events that could contribute towards this fund?
Here are some events and protests from around the movement, and Left Unity branch meetings, that are coming up in the next few months. Keep an eye on our calendar for more details.
28 July. Left Unity meetings in Norwich and Teesside
8 August. Demonstration to shut down Yarls Wood detention centre. Left Unity Wales national meeting and Birmingham Left Unity meeting.
5 September. National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts Summer training and gathering
12 September. Wigan Diggers’ Festival
3-7 October. Take Back Manchester – Protest The Tory Party Conference.
21-22 November. Left Unity national conference.
Left Unity is active in movements and campaigns across the left, working to create an alternative to the main political parties.
Events and protests from around the movement, and local Left Unity meetings.
Saturday 9th September
Wigan Diggers’ Festival
11am to 9.30pm at The Wiend in Wigan.
Main Sponsor: Unite the Union North West Region. More details here
Friday 10th to Saturday 11th November
Marseille Forum, France
A European-wide gathering of progressive forces in Marseille – trade unions, campaigns, parties, social movements – discussing the crisis we face and how to build a different Europe. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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