Chartist Propose Model Motion Against Syria Strikes

Nov 30th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Chartist editor Mike Davis has drafted a model motion for adoption by local Labour Parties and trade unions, opposing air strikes in Syria and supporting Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s call for a political settlement to the conflict.

John McNair’s Spanish Diary

Nov 29th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, Lead

With the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, John McNair became the ILP’s representative in Barcelona, channelling money and medical supplies to support the republican cause and liaising with the ILP contingent which fought alongside the POUM militia.

McNair’s graphic account of the war was reprinted in the ILP’s Socialist Leader in 1974 and later republished as a pamphlet by the ILP’s Greater Manchester branch. At the time it was sold for 40p, but we are pleased to be able to make it available here for free. Almost eight decades after it was first written, John McNair’s Spanish Diary remains a compelling read.

New ILP Mural Postcards Available

Nov 24th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

New postcards of the ILP’s famous mural from its 1914 ‘Coming of Age’ conference are now available from the ILP website.

The Corbyn Effect

Nov 24th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Converting supporters and new members into active campaigners is the challenge for Labour today, but will Momentum help? asks MIKE DAVIS.

Democratic socialism is back on the agenda. For the first time in 30 years members and supporters are talking about what socialism means in the 21st century. If the Corbyn leadership can be sustained then we are likely to be campaigning on a range of policies which put both clear red water between us and the Tories and give members something positive to campaign for. So is Momentum, the new extra–parliamentary group, part of the solution?

Challenging the Welfare Myths

Nov 18th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

GERRY LAVERY of Unite Community Leeds reports from a conference in Birmingham set up ‘to challenge the myths around welfare and build a coalition to fight for our safety net’.

The well-attended conference on Saturday 31 October was called by Unite Community (Unite the Union’s community wing) and the Public Services and Commercial Services Union (PCS), which represents workers in the Department of Work and Pensions, and attended by members of groups concerned with social security problems and reform.

Looking for Scotland’s Alternative Futures

Nov 17th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

Soundings are holding a workshop in Glasgow on Saturday 12 December to examine the themes of their Kilburn Manifesto, After Neoliberalism?, in relation to Scotland’s rapidly changing political context.

Momentum Mobilise Against Tax Credit Cuts

Nov 17th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

Momentum are gathering a series of video messages from people around the country to highlight the impact on families of George Osborne’s proposed cuts to tax credits.

Make the Living Wage Compulsory

Nov 12th, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

While recent rate increases are welcome, the Living Wage Foundation’s voluntary approach to employers is not working, says ERNIE JACQUES.

Sandwiched between Halloween and Remembrance Day each year is ‘Living Wage Week’, organised by the Living Wage Foundation. This year, it announced a 25p increase to its London living wage to £9.40 per hour and a 40p increase on its national rate to £8.25. It is, of course, good news that 70,000 low paid employees are to get an immediate pay rise. But after 14 years of campaigning is the foundation’s voluntary approach making enough progress?

ILP Profiles: Mary Barbour – Govan’s Local Hero

Nov 3rd, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

CATRIONA BURNESS marks the centenary of the Glasgow rent strikes with a narrative account of the life of Mary Barbour, the ILPer who lent her name to the ‘army’ of women who led resistance to profit-hungry property owners 100 years ago.

The Remember Mary Barbour Association is campaigning to see a statue raised to Barbour as a lasting memorial to one of Glasgow’s greatest heroes. Read on for more information.

Labour Together Looks to Unite the Party

Nov 2nd, 2015 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

The post-Corbyn re-organisation of internal Labour Party forces continued last week with the launch of Labour Together by prominent MPs and council leaders, including Jon Cruddas, Lisa Nandy, Steve Reed, Judith Blake and Nick Forbes.

Coming just a fortnight after the formation of Momentum, Labour Together’s founders claim their aim is to “provide a space for members and representatives across the party to discuss and debate the future of Labour and Britain; and to support and inspire collective action within the wider Labour movement”.