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Peace in the Party? The Candidates’ Plans for Unity

Sep 14th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, Lead

On 22 August, former Labour MP HARRY BARNES wrote a letter to the Guardian posing a challenge to the two candidates for the Labour Party leadership.
He wrote: “Before I fill in my Labour party ballot paper, I would like to know … how (if elected) they will bring about peace and reconciliation within the party.”

Here we publish their responses…



Re-Dedication of ILP Volunteers’ Plaque

Sep 13th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

The role of ILP volunteers in the Spanish Civil War will be commemorated in Salford this Saturday, 24 September, when a plaque at the Working Class Movement Library is re-dedicated to their memory.



Labour on the Brink: What Future for the Party?

Sep 12th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

With an unprecedented level of uncertainty about Labour’s future, the ILP is organising a conference for members and friends at the Rose Bowl in Leeds on 15 October to discuss the crisis and how to pull the Party together. Book now.



The ILP, POUM and the May Days of the Spanish Civil War

Sep 8th, 2016 | By David Connolly | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

With a plaque to their memory due to be re-dedicated later this month, David Connolly tells the story of the ILP volunteers in the Spanish Civil War and their connection to POUM.

Until recently the ILP’s contribution to the Spanish Civil War has been given scant recognition on the left. Indeed, for many years it was largely ignored except by those critical of the role played by George Orwell. It’s true that the ILP volunteers were small in number and saw a limited amount of military action but they were part of the international support movement for the Republic and some of them were witnesses to the dramatic events of the May Days in Barcelona in 1937. It is only right that their commitment and sacrifice should be honoured.



Labour on the Brink: A Statement on the Leadership Crisis

Sep 1st, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

A statement from the ILP’s National Administrative Council on Labour’s leadership election and a call for the Party to pull together, whoever wins.

Despite its largest individual membership for many years, the Labour Party is in deep crisis. The Party and the left are teetering ‘on the brink of disaster’, as Owen Jones has argued. The second leadership election in a year is testing the resilience of Labour’s broad church to breaking point. Attitudes are polarising at an alarming rate…



Jayaben Desai and the ILP Tradition

Aug 30th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Saturday 20 August 2016 marked the 40th anniversary of the day when Jayaben Desai walked out of the Grunwick photo-developing company in London, igniting a strike which drew support from thousands. GRAHAM TAYLOR remembers the woman whose dignity in dispute recalled the ethical traditions of the ILP.

For Jayaben Desai, the Grunwick strike was about low pay, compulsory overtime, trade union recognition and the inferior social status of women and immigrants – but it was also about human dignity. Tired of being humiliated, she said: “I want my freedom.”



Discussing Labour’s Future

Aug 14th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

The ILP will lead a post-leadership election discussion on Labour’s future at the Rose Bowl in Leeds on Saturday 15 October. Put the date in your diary.



Corbyn: Labour’s Accidental Leader

Aug 14th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

IAN BULLOCK’s recurring nightmare is that the Labour Party will end up like the ILP at the end of the 1930s – with a leader who could do no wrong in the eyes of an adoring membership, but with little or no political influence, let alone power. ‘At least Jimmy Maxton was a brilliant orator!’

In the leadership election last year I voted for Yvette Cooper, but I gave Jeremy Corbyn credit for giving the Labour Party a very necessary ‘wake-up call’. In fact, once I was sure he was going to win easily I voted for him as my second choice.



The Housing Crisis Analysed

Aug 4th, 2016 | By admin | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

The ILP has launched a new pamphlet based on its Unbalanced Britain seminar on the housing crisis held in Leeds in March this year.



Stand by Conference Policies

Aug 3rd, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

HARRY BARNES calls for the Labour’s leadership candidates to stand by the party’s current policies as decided by party conference, and by future conferences.

The Labour leadership candidates should be pushed to come to an agreement to stand by party policies as these have been (and will come to be) agreed by Labour Party conference. This does not unreasonably bind them. They should still be free to suggest changes to policies they would like to seek at future conferences while sticking by what has been established in the meantime.