Public Meeting: Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay

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All member meeting 27 April 2022

The AMM meeting passed resolutions on the Cost of Living Crisis and Solidarity With the Left in France. Go to the SLN Motions page to read the full text.

Our next PUBLIC meeting is on 24 June 2022, 6.30pm. It will be about building resistance to the cost of living crisis.

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The AMM 8 April passed the following statement on Ukraine

The Socialist Labour Network condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine. We call for an immediate ceasefire and for all Russian armed forces to immediately withdraw. 
The working classes of Russia and Ukraine have nothing to gain from war and will pay the biggest price. Despite the terrible situation caused by the intensification of rival nationalisms, we support the building of unity among workers across national boundaries. The workers of Ukraine and Russia have common interests.
We call for the abolition of NATO as an offensive imperialist alliance.
We call for Britain’s unilateral nuclear disarmament and the scrapping of Trident.
We stand in solidarity with those in Russia who have protested against the invasion, despite police repression. We support the building of a mass anti-war movement, including among Russian troops. 
We support workers in Ukraine acting independently of the Zelenski regime and building their own organisations and taking independent action. We condemn the actions of Zelensky in banning 11 left-wing parties.
We condemn any far right or fascist group, on either side of this conflict, seeking to take advantage of the war to build their own organisation. 
In particular we condemn the supply of weapons and training to Ukraine’s neo-Nazi Azov Battalion by the United States, Britain and Israel. The Azov battalion has been integrated into Ukraine’s armed forces and is part of the Ukrainian state. Ukraine is the only state in the world to hold a national holiday in memory of a Nazi collaborator, Stepan Bandera, whose forces were responsible for the deaths of at least 200,000 Jews, Gypsies and Poles during the war.
This war is a proxy conflict between Russia and the United States, prompted by NATO expansion into central and Eastern Europe. We oppose this expansion and any intervention in this conflict by NATO forces. Ukraine should become a neutral state which is not aligned militarily with either Russia or NATO.
We oppose sanctions against Russia. Economic sanctions will disproportionately hit Russian workers and may well strengthen support for Putin. 
We note the hypocrisy of those in the UK government criticising the state repression of protest in Russia whilst the Police, Crime and Sentencing Bill will serve to create similar restrictions on protest and democracy in the UK.
We note the hypocrisy of those who call sanction on Israel ‘anti-Semitic’ at the very same time that starvation sanctions are being levelled on Russia.
We note the hypocritical criticism of Russia for its invasion of Ukraine by those who are supporting the bombing of Yemen by Saudi Arabia.  
We call for refugees from this and other conflicts to be welcomed. 
We condemn the attempts by Keir Starmer to shut down such discussion on NATO within the Labour Party and to bully and threaten those with different views.
We support the right of secession of the 2 breakaway republics, Donetsk and Luhansk in the face of attacks on ethnic Russians and Russian speaking Ukranians
In summary:
Russia, hands off Ukraine. Immediate withdrawal of occupation forces. 
Solidarity with the people of Ukraine in defence of their democratic rights.
No trust in NATO, the EU, Biden or Johnson.
Self-determination for the peoples of Donbass and Crimea on the basis of a genuinely democratic referendum. 
Mutual demilitarisation of the border territories on either side. 
Unity of the workers of Russia and the Ukraine to overthrow their corrupt reactionary oppressors.

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Socialist Disability Group

Next meeting is Friday April 29 2022 at 4pm
You can join directly via zoom here


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SLN Statement on Julian Assange

Socialist Labour Network stands in solidarity with Julian Assange.  We condemn the extradition process being conducted by the UK and USA.  Julian Assange is a journalist who revealed matters of grave importance about US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. Journalists have a duty to hold the powerful to account and to uncover wrongdoing by governments and inform the people. If Julian is extradicted to the USA, every journalist, of any nationality, residing in any country could be vulnerable to the same process.  This is demonstrably wrong. We resolve to continue to campaign for the immediate release of Julian Assange.  

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Shafted

Why disabled people are on the frontline

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End Israeli Apartheid

Stop the silencing: Scrap the IHRA

SLN public meeting Saturday 19 March 6.30pm Register here

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Newham Socialists & SLN

March 8 2022 7pm

Next ‘shadow CLP’ meeting to hear reports from around the country, share information about strategies and campaigns.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0lfu-orz4sHtH8CgEGaLD8Iy0R0-4-LaC8

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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New Left Media. Coming March 7 2022

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Emergency motion on Ukraine

At the all member meeting of SLN, 28 February the following motion was agreed:

This All Members Meeting believes:

  1. That the primary blame for the crisis in Ukraine rests on the United States and NATO which has continued, since 1999, to expand into Eastern Europe despite guarantees given to the USSR and Gorbachov. [see NSA archives https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/briefing-book/russia-programs/2017-12-12/nato-expansion-what-gorbachev-heard-western-leaders-early
  2. We note that Russia’s intervention at the moment is basically defensive and has been provoked by NATO and that Russia does have the right to defend itself against NATO expansion. We call for the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine and reject Putin’s assertion that there is no nation of Ukraine.
  3. We support the right of the 2 breakaway republics, Luhansk and Donetsk to secede
  4. We oppose sanctions on Russia as war by other means
  5. We call for the dismantlement of NATO.
  6. We condemn the war hysteria and war propaganda waged by the MSM and in particular the call to close down RT as a means of shutting of any alternative sources of information
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Newham Socialists & SLN

Next meeting 22 February 2022 7pm

These fortnightly meetings aim to network socialists who have formed local groups. The meetings take reports from groups across the country on local activism. We share ideas, campaigning strategies and other initiatives. Register here

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SLN ALL MEMBER MEETING

Monday 28 February 2022 6.30pm

All members will be emailed with joining details.

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All Members’ Meeting: Friday, 26th November – at 6pm

Following the latest developments in the Labour Party, including the proscription of named groups and the continuing expulsion of many activists, there has been great speculation about the best way forward for the left in — and outside — the party.

With this in mind, Labour in Exile Network Steering Committee has been discussing the pros and cons of LIEN joining with Labour Against The Witch-Hunt. As you probably know, both these groups have been proscribed by the Party.

After some debate, the LIEN steering group has voted to recommend consolidation with LAW.

This recommendation will go to a vote to the All Members Meeting of LIEN at 6pm on Friday, 26 November.

Please come, tell us what you think and cast your vote. If  you are a member, you should have received an email with a link to the meeting. Please contact info@labour-in-exile.org if you have not. 

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Message to Comrades targeted by the Party following the NEC decision to prosrcibe LIEN and LAW

General Background

The NEC meeting on 20th July identified evidence of support for proscribed organisations (based on 2.1.4B) as follows: 

…examples of “support” for any of the above organisations for purposes of Chapter 2, Clause I.4.B of the Labour Party Rule Book may include:

a. Membership of any of the four organisations;
b. Standing for election to the steering committee of the relevant organisation;
c. Participating in an all member’s meeting of the relevant organisation;
d. Participating in a working group of the relevant organisation;
e. Contributing written material to the website of the relevant organisation;
f. Donating to the relevant organisation;
g. Encouraging others to join the relevant organisation;
h. Participating in an event organised or hosted by the relevant organisation; ..

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Not the Forde Inquiry II – tell your story!

What has Labour done to YOU?  Been on tenterhooks waiting for the repeatedly delayed Forde Inquiry to report? Enough we say!! 

Do you have a story of injustice, undemocratic process, or other dirty goings on in Labour? This is your chance to talk back!

As the dwindling resources of Starmer’s Labour continue to be spent paying erstwhile spies and those on short term contracts to search for signs of dissent, “Not The Forde Inquiry” will reconvene to give witness to face to face testimony from victims of the biggest political witch hunt in British history at the Resist Event in the Rialto Theatre, Brighton, during the Labour Party conference this September. 

Expect the most unexpected, as Dorothy Walker (Jackie Walker’s allegedly deceased mother), rises once more from her world touring show “The Lynching” to act as judge to your witness. Send an outline of your story in under 300 words to norm6344@gmail.com. We will put your story online, and, who knows, you may even get the chance to put your case in person, on stage, in Brighton! 

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Resist at the Rialto, Brighton, September 2021

If you are on the left, there has never been a more important time to resist. If you feel silenced, there has never been a better time to speak out. If you are coming to the Labour Party conference in Brighton in September 2021 – as a delegate or visitor, or just staying at home watching on Zoom – this is your opportunity to be part of the discussion about how socialists continue to fight for real change.

The Resist! Event hosted a launch event on Zoom on Friday, May 28.

The event in Brighton and Hove in September will investigate and discuss a number of themes.

The initial themes include:

Register here: https://www.theresistevent.com

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Hundreds picket Labour Party offices protesting against Starmer’s purge

PRESS RELEASE
20 JULY 2021

On Tuesday 20 July, hundreds of Labour Party members picketed Labour’s London headquarters protesting against suspensions, expulsions and the proposed banning of left-wing groups.

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Save the NHS!

Statement from LIEN on the Health and Care Bill (Second Reading 14 th July 2021)

The Health and Care Bill (The Bill), introduced in the House of Commons on 6 July 2021
represents, in our view, a further stage of dismantling the National Health Service (NHS),
created as a result of the nationalisation of services enabled by the NHS Act 1948. The Bill builds on the cumulative impact of neoliberal “reforms” implemented by successive Conservative and Labour governments, beginning with Margaret Thatcher’s Health Service Act 1980. We oppose the Bill and call for it to be withdrawn.

Specifically, the Bill:

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Pictures from our June 25 protest in Bristol

This was covered in the Morning Star here

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Video: Not the Forde Enquiry (June 5 2021)

In May 2020 Keir Starmer asked the barrister Martin Forde to investigate an explosive leaked Labour Party report which included outrageous allegations of racism, hyper-factionalism and even electoral sabotage by party officials. It also seemed to show how the Corbyn leadership tried to appease the right, leading for example to the expulsion of Jackie Walker and the resignations of Chris Williamson and Ken Livingstone.

But over a year later the Forde Inquiry still hasn’t reported. Many people believe Forde’s findings are being suppressed because the party’s leadership wants to bury the truth. But we’re not going to let that happen.

That’s why we held the “Not The Forde Inquiry”, to give people the chance to say in public what they would have told the inquiry if they’d had the chance.

Testifying to the inquiry were:

  • Jackie Walker
  • Chris Williamson
  • Graham Bash
  • Leah Levane
  • Tina Werkmann
  • Rebecca Massey
  • Kevin Bean
  • Greg Hadfield and many many more
  • The inquiry also heard a special message from film director Ken Loach

Anyone who wants to put a question or comment to the inquiry can email it to us on info@labour-in-exile.org or just do it in person on the day. Whistleblowers are particularly welcome!

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JUST SAY NO! to antisemitism training by the JLM

Joint statement by Labour Against the Witchhunt, Labour Campaign for Free Speech, Labour Left Alliance and Labour in Exile Network

Why you should NOT participate in the JLM ‘training sessions’ on antisemitism

A number of Labour Party members and role holders have been invited by general secretary David Evans to participate in online training sessions named “Understanding Antisemitism”.

Here are some reasons why we urge Labour Party members NOT to participate:

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Model motion to LP conference: Abandon IHRA and adopt the Jerusalem Declaration!

This motion has been drafted as a model motion to go to Labour Party conference 2021, but it can be tweaked for other purposes. Please note that this has to go through your branch first, then your CLP and needs to be submitted to the NEC by September 13 in order to be heard at Labour Party conference. Remember that a CLP can either submit a rule change (which needs to be submitted by June 11) or a ‘contemporary’ motion like this one.

1. We note

1.1. That the ‘working definition’ published by the IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) has been rejected by numerous legal practitioners and academic scholars , because it conflates anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism and has been used to ‘chill’ freedom of speech on campuses.

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Labour Party conference 2021: Motions and campaigns

If you are (still) a Labour Party member, please try to become a delegate to this yer’s conference (September 25-29, Brighton). There are few important things left-wingers can campaign around:

1. David Evans will have to be ratified by conference as the new general secretary – the more delegates from the CLPs and unions vote against him, the bigger the impact.

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URGENT: Model Resolution for LP conference on ‘Fast track’ Disciplinary Procedures

Please move this in your CLP asap – the deadline for rule changes to be received by the Labour Party is June 11. Please remember that you need to send all motions to your CLP secretary in advance of the meeting (one or two weeks).

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May 15, 6pm Second fight-back meeting

Detailed agenda to follow – register here.

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We’re not leaving Labour, Labour has left us!

Almost 1,500 people have been involved in Labour In Exile’s first fightback meeting on Saturday 27 March.

More than 550 people registered for our Zoom meeting and the rest watched via Facebook, many of them live. You can watch the video below. People from across the country, including comrades who have been expelled and suspended as well as many still in the Labour Party, spoke about their opposition to the assault on democracy by the current leadership.

In the first part of the meeting we heard reports about how comrades are carrying on the struggle for socialism and free speech by setting up “shadow” or “ghost” CLPs. The second part of the meeting saw the launch of eight fightback working groups. These will tackle everything from  transforming the Labour Party and analysing the witch-hunt to engaging with the media and the weaponisation of antisemitism.

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Right of reply/counterstatement: Jewish Chronicle

Re your article: Corbyn supporters threaten to ‘take care of’ Jewish activists (https://www.thejc.com/news/uk/corbyn-supporters-threaten-to-take-care-of-jewish-activists-1.513100)

There are a number of factual errors and misleading references in your article, which we ask you to correct immediately and publicly in the article above.

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Results from our Launch Conference, February 27 2021

Over 200 people actively participated in our founding conference, see below an overview of all decisions taken.

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Video: What’s happening with the purge in the Labour Party – and how can we fight back?

Please fill in our survey, which is mentioned in the video by clicking here

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Suspended? Expelled? Disciplined? Fill in our witch-hunt survey!

As part of the fight-back against the witch-hunt of socialists from the Labour Party, LIEN is conducting a survey of all its victims in order to determine the extent of the number of suspensions, resignations and expulsions since 2015 when Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader. By building up a detailed picture of the mass purge we will be in a stronger position to take counter-action, including legal action if necessary. The more members who participate, the greater will be the weight of the outcomes, so your cooperation in this survey will be much appreciated.

Please click here to start the survey

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Why I became involved in LIEN

Watch this powerful testimony by Benjamin Davy, suspended member from Plymouth CLP, who explains why he has become involved in the Labour in Exile Network. There are many more comrades who feel similarly and we have already posted some of them on our website here – please send us your video and/or short article!

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Graham Bash: We are in the eye of a storm

“WE ARE IN THE EYE OF A STORM”

This is the text of a speech given by GRAHAM BASH at a meeting “The Labour Party, Free Speech and Democracy” held on Saturday 30 January 2021. Graham Bash has been a Labour Party member for 52 years, and is the political officer for Jewish Voice for Labour. Graham speaks in a personal capacity about how the Left should respond to the current attack on free speech in the Labour Party.

I want to make two basic points:

First, this attack on free speech is unprecedented in my lifetime.

Secondly, although we are facing and fighting this attack primarily in the Labour Party, it is an issue that goes well beyond the Labour Party.

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Some of our stories

https://labourbriefing.org/blog/2020/11/26/eqg84kupwxapceb3awfhedjms04zkm

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Starmer must come clean about Israeli spy

PRESS RELEASE

JANUARY 16 2021

SUSPENDED LABOUR MEMBERS CHALLENGE STARMER TO COME CLEAN ABOUT EX ISRAELI SPY

Suspended and expelled members of the Labour Party are challenging leader Keir Starmer to come clean about the alleged hiring of a former Israeli “cyber spy” to work for the party.

The Labour in Exile Network (LIEN) Group has discovered that Assaf Kaplan who previously worked for Israeli intelligence, has been apparently trying to monitor its activities by means of social media.

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Petition: Notice of non-cooperation!

Please sign this petition online here

TO THE LEADER AND THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE LABOUR PARTY

We the undersigned members of the Labour Party demand:

• the restoration of the whip to Jeremy Corbyn;

• the reinstatement of all Labour Party members wrongly suspended or expelled since the appointment of the current general secretary;

• a review of all previous suspensions and expulsions imposed during the previous leadership;

• a root and branch reform of the deeply flawed complaints and disciplinary processes of the party;

• and an immediate restoration of the right of constituency parties to freely discuss and pass motions on political issues as they see fit.

Until these demands are met we will pursue a policy of non-cooperation with the party’s general secretary, regional officials and the governance and legal unit, and we will absolutely refuse to comply with any advice, guidance or instructions from any of the above which we consider unfair and discriminatory.

As members of the labour movement we are taking immediate, collective action in solidarity with our comrades who have been unfairly punished.

Please sign this petition online here

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LIEN general leaflet

Download here in PDF format

We are a new kind of non-geographical Constituency Labour Party (modeled on the Labour International CLP), for all those who no longer feel that they are welcome in the Labour Party.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of people have been suspended or expelled from the Labour Party. It began under Jeremy Corbyn with the fake ‘anti-Semitism’ campaign whose aim was to protect the Israeli state from criticism.

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