7.30pm, Tuesday 1 December
Friends’ Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF
Speakers: Garry Hassell, RMT; junior doctors’ representative tbc
One of the first changes under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership was Labour’s new policy to actively advance public ownership of Britain’s railway. It’s a huge advance that this policy is now being taken forward by Labour’s leadership, rather than pushed by members alone. Following Jeremy’s election as leader, rail union RMT is among those considering re-affiliation to the Labour Party.
Momentum Brighton & Hove plans to organise local supporters to participate across Brighton & Hove during the next national Action for Rail protests, which will coincide with January’s rail fare increase. Hear about this from Garry Hassell of Brighton & Hove RMT and get involved at this meeting on Tuesday 1 December.
Tuesday 1 December is the first strike day planned by junior doctors in their dispute with the Government and a doctors’ representative has also been invited to speak at this meeting. Sussex LRC joins Momentum Brighton & Hove in offering our solidarity and support to junior doctors in that dispute, as we do to all NHS staff, patients and campaigners fighting back to stop the Tories wrecking our NHS.
If you want to see Jeremy Corbyn elected as the UK’s next Prime Minister, we encourage you to go along to this second meeting of Momentum Brighton & Hove, and get active. Momentum aims to unite, motivate, educate and organise socialists, both inside and outside the Labour Party, in support of Jeremy Corbyn. Momentum Brighton & Hove plans to hold regular meetings and run street activities. Rather than meeting separately in December, Brighton & Hove LRC members have decided to support this meeting of Momentum Brighton & Hove.
The People’s March for Climate, Justice & Jobs
Labour bloc assembles at Meeting Point J, Park Lane, London
12 noon, Sunday 29 November
Free Education Brighton demonstration
Victoria Gardens, Brighton BN2
12 noon, Wednesday 2 December
Lobby of Policy & Resources Committee
Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton BN1 1YD
From 3pm, Thursday 3 December
Reclaim Brighton rally, march & social
Starts from The Level, Brighton BN2 3FX
6pm – 10pm, Friday 4 December
7.30pm, Tuesday 20 October
What should a National Care Service look like?
The Mesmerist, 1-3 Prince Albert Street, Brighton BN1 1HE
The plight of carers was one of the areas highlighted for action by Labour’s new leaders at the Party’s 2015 conference. Brighton & Hove LRC expects to be joined by a carer at this meeting, to discuss the urgent need for proper support of carers and to consider the development of a National Care Service modelled on the NHS.
This meeting will also discuss developments at Labour’s conference, how to best support Jeremy Corbyn in his new role as Labour leader, the Brighton 4 Corbyn meeting on Thursday 29 October and the launch of Momentum.
Brighton & Hove LRC holds friendly and informal meetings every other month, chatting around a table in the ground floor Alchemist room at The Mesmerist pub, close to Brighton Town Hall. All welcome.
The Labour Representation Committee welcomes the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Leader by an overwhelming majority. The LRC fully supports Jeremy’s opposition to austerity and war, as well as his support for trade unionism and Britain becoming a safe haven for refugees. LRC members played their part in his campaign and salute all those thousands of others who also did so.
We welcome Jeremy’s effort to include in his Shadow Cabinet many who did not support him in his leadership campaign in an effort to strengthen Party unity. The appointment of a majority of women to the Shadow Cabinet is especially positive. We particularly welcome the appointment of our Chair John McDonnell MP as Shadow Chancellor, with his firm commitment to opposing cuts in public services and the welfare state, and austerity in general.
The LRC urges all Labour MPs and Party members to support our new leader, recognising the mandate he has from Party members and supporters. While debate on policy is expected and legitimate, we would expect that any
disagreement not be aired in the media in a way which could be used by the enemies of our movement. This is so especially at a time when the media and Tories have shown their eagerness to distort and exploit such disagreements.
Our movement has an urgent task in attacking this government when it is introducing legislation as pernicious as the Trade Union Bill and the Welfare Reform Bill – both of which continue the Tories’ policy of creating scapegoats in order to dismantle the welfare state and undermine the ability of workers to resist attacks on their working conditions.
The LRC fully supports Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leader. Jeremy has always been very closely connected with the LRC and is a strong voice for the labour movement. Sussex LRC cannot think of any policy where we do not wholly agree with Jeremy, from his opposition to fracking and Trident, to his support for workers in struggle, unemployed people and disabled people – to name but a few groups backed by this champion of human rights. See Sussex LRC TV for film and photos of the many different LRC events Jeremy has spoken at, most recently at Brighton Fringe 2015. Read Jeremy Corbyn in his own words for a useful summary of what Jeremy stands for or Jeremy’s message from Stevenage to London.
All Labour Party members and supporters can vote in this leadership election. Jeremy Corbyn is campaigning to transform the Labour Party so, like us, urges his supporters to join Labour and get involved. Not quite ready to join Labour yet? Provided you don’t support a party that opposes Labour, you can register as a supporter of the Labour Party before 12 August. This is free for anyone who is a member of one of Labour’s affiliated organisations (the socialist societies and affiliated trade unions) but it is essential to register. For others we think this will be the best £3 you have spent in a very long time, so encourage anyone who supports Jeremy to register before 12 August. You can even register by simply texting SUPPORT to 78555 (cost £3).
Described as “the finest socialist in parliament” by John McDonnell MP, Jeremy Corbyn is an outspoken critic of austerity and war, who has consistently championed the rights of oppressed people since he first became an MP in 1983 and through his work with the Greek Solidarity Campaign, CND, Stop the War Coalition, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and many other groups. This is who we want as Labour leader. Let’s do everything we can to transform the Labour Party and maximise the vote for Jeremy Corbyn.
Postscript: Our badge-makers have been busy again. Get your new Corbyn For Leader badge while stocks last! Just £1 (plus P&P for postal sales) with all profits to be donated to Jeremy’s campaign. Buy a badge from one of us around and about Sussex at various labour movement events, including Hastings & Rother LRC’s meeting on Friday 10 July and at Brighton & Hove LRC on Tuesday 21 July. Or contact us with your order by email or post.
Candy Udwin is the PCS representative at the National Gallery, who was suspended immediately before staff began industrial action against management’s plan to privatise 400 of the 600 staff jobs. Candy has now been sacked by the Gallery for asking questions about the cost of this privatisation.
The public has a right to know how taxpayers’ money is spent. This is a legitimate and crucial question for trades unions to ask of public service employers. Please sign the PCS statement to add your voice to those calling on the National Gallery to reinstate Candy, so the Gallery and PCS can get back to talks at ACAS, and so a mutual solution can be found to this damaging dispute.
The National Gallery is known to millions and is responsible for public assets. Can a private company like CIS really replace staff with years of knowledge and experience? If, like us, you think not, please join the thousands who have signed the petition calling for no privatisation at the National Gallery.
Watch Candy speaking at Brighton Fringe 2015 to find out more about the National Gallery Not For Sale Campaign and how you can help, including details of the strike fund which provides essential support to striking staff. Fight back against austerity, shout out loudly “no privatisation”, and demand “no victimisation” and the reinstatement of Candy Udwin.
Do Public Services Have A Future? – 7pm, Tuesday 19 May
How Labour Can Make Our Votes Count 2pm, Saturday 23 May
Let’s Build the Houses – Quick! – 2pm, Saturday 30 May
Refreshments available half an hour in advance of start times at all events
All the fun starts at 7pm next Tuesday, 19 May, in the South Wing conference room at Community Base, when you can join LRC National Chair John McDonnell MP, Mark Serwotka, General Secretary of the campaigning PCS Union, and Laura Watson, spokeswoman for the English Collective of Prostitutes, to discuss how we stop Cameron’s Tories treading the same old path on pay and the public sector.
Austerity has devastated public services and increased inequality. The Coalition used a global financial crisis caused by unregulated corporate and personal greed to ideologically attack public services, pay and pensions. As even the OECD says the UK must redistribute wealth to boost our economy, discuss how by uniting together trade unionists, Labour members and community campaigners we can defend jobs, our public services, welfare state and communities. Do public services have a future? Unite to ensure that they do.
This meeting is the LRC’s fringe meeting for PCS conference 2015.
Next at The Brighthelm Centre at 2pm on Saturday 23 May, we discuss how Labour can make our votes count. With no real economic recovery under austerity and Cameron only having a tiny Tory majority, there’s still much that Labour MPs can do to push, push, push the Tories in parliament, as well as to lead opposition to cuts nationwide. Join Jeremy Corbyn MP, Nancy Platts and firefighters’ leader Matt Wrack (FBU General Secretary) to discuss the major changes Labour can bring about by opposing austerity and tax cuts and instead calling for increased public investment and wealth redistribution.
Everyone will benefit from restoring our communities, public services, welfare state, NHS and economy. We must ensure that Labour makes our votes count. Come along to this meeting to discover some definite ideas as to how we can do this.
Finally, back at Community Base, at 2pm on Saturday 30 May we discuss different solutions to the housing crisis with Join Michael Meacher MP and Saskia O’Hara (Focus E15). We say let’s build the houses – quick! Unlike Labour, Cameron’s Tories have no real plan of action for this. Is this because high rents and house prices suit the Tories?
Housing is a basic need for all. It must be met. Our local housing stock is old, insufficient, often of poor quality and inaccessible to many, while strong demand means we suffer some of the highest private rents and house prices in the country. Can we build our way out of the housing crisis, or do local land shortages mean we need different solutions? What should we demand from our elected representatives? Is it effective to take direct action ourselves? Cheer on the resolution of firefighters who have decided to defy callouts to evictions. And what about proposals for a Land Value Tax?
Get your tickets now for our upcoming Brighton Fringe events, which are all priced at £5 (waged) or £3 (concessions) per event. Contact us if you want to buy tickets with no booking fee or if you are a PCS member applying for a free ticket for the meeting on Tuesday 19 May. Alternatively, tickets for all our Brighton Fringe events are available via the Brighton Fringe Box Office online or on 01273 917272.
We hope to see you at our LRC events during Brighton Fringe 2015. If you’re undecided, take a look at the main speakers from our 2012, 2013 and 2014 Brighton Fringe events via Sussex LRC TV . Here’s one recommendation:
6.30pm – 8.30pm, Tuesday 12 May
Mander Hall, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD
With a Tory majority government now elected for a five year term, the meeting of the Left Platform on Tuesday 12 May is critically important. As working class people face a Tory programme of harsh cuts, privatisation, and attacks on civil liberties including trades union rights, it is vital that the Left meets to discuss what role we can play in resisting the Tories.
We must ignore feelings of despondency, to get on with the job of organising the resistance to the Tories’ plans. CLASS has begun by suggesting five ways to deal with the Tory government.
The election of the new Labour Party leader offers trades unions the chance to publicise a shortlist of key policy demands, invite all candidates to say where they stand on each, and publish candidates’ responses. Jon Rogers explains that this would inform union and Labour members, and improve the links between the Labour Party and the trades unions.
Ian Lavery and Andy Burnham are two names being touted as possible candidates from the Left in the Labour leadership election. We hope to hear more from the Socialist Campaign Group of MPs at the Left Platform on Tuesday 12 May 2015. Register now to attend the Left Platform!