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14/05/2015

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

Download and display our poster covering all three of our 2015 Brighton Fringe events

Download and display our poster covering all three of our 2015 Brighton Fringe events

 

JohnMcDonnell MPAll 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. 

 

IMAG0943Austerity 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.

 

Download and display the poster for our PCS fringe on Tuesday 19 May

Download and display the poster for our PCS fringe on Tuesday 19 May

 

Jeremy Corbyn_05.10Next 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

Nancy PlattsEveryone 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.

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Michael Meacher MPFinally, 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?

 

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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.

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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:

Tony Benn at Brighton Fringe 2012; (c) Morten Watkins

Tony Benn at Brighton Fringe 2012; (c) Morten Watkins

Come to the Left Platform!

10/05/2015

6.30pm – 8.30pm, Tuesday 12 May

Mander Hall,  Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD

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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.

Be bold Labour

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!

No to austerity Fight for socialism

 

Vote Labour on 7 May 2015

06/05/2015

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There are many reasons to vote Labour in the elections on 7 May 2015.  What’s in store for us all if Labour doesn’t win is very frightening.  The Tories will be coming for everyone whether young or old, healthy or sick, working or not.  Just for starters we can expect further attacks on our welfare state, declining schools as the Tories push the failed Swedish “free” schools model, attacks on trade union rights, and the privatisation of the NHS.

The NHS is at the heart of Britain. Don't let the Tories tear it out

The NHS is at the heart of Britain. Don’t let the Tories tear it out

We join Owen Jones in encouraging everyone to vote.  We also say, vote Labour! – and try to persuade all on the left to do the same.  Labour’s policies are not the same as the Tories, as has been recognised by bodies as diverse as The Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Socialist Campaign for a Labour Victory.   The explosion in the use of foodbanks since 2010 and the Tories’ attitude toward them is indicative of this.

The number of people using all foodbanks 2005/6 - 2013/14

The number of people using all foodbanks 2005/6 – 2013/14

Undeniably the lives of millions of working class people in Britain will be better under a Miliband-led government than under another Cameron Coalition.  For those of us fighting cuts and opposed to austerity, it will be easier to pursue these aims under Labour.  We urge those on the left thinking about voting for TUSC, the Greens or any other alternative party, and those who may decide not to vote, to first consider these reasons working class radicals should vote Labour.

LRC Chair John McDonnell begs disaffected Labour voters to come home

LRC Chair John McDonnell begs disaffected Labour voters to come home

LRC Chair John McDonnell has made this eve of election appeal: “I never thought I would see shanties being erected or families staying in sheds and garages just to put a roof over their children’s heads. I didn’t think that people would be going hungry or would have to rely on charity to eat, but so many in my town now do. And how wrong I was when I believed the days of landlords evicting families to increase the rent or for simply complaining about the damp were over.

I fear for our people if Cameron gets back in, especially in alliance with UKIP. Nothing and nobody but the rich will be safe. There is nothing they won’t sell, nothing they won’t cut, and nobody they won’t scapegoat, no matter what harm they cause to even the most vulnerable in our society. As a minimum safeguard we have to ensure Labour is at least the largest party.

From the socialist left in Labour I beg disaffected Labour voters to come home to Labour. Others, especially new young voters, I urge to stand with us in protecting a new generation against the barbarity of a Conservative/UKIP future.”

We say vote Labour on 7 May 2015.

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LRC at Brighton Fringe 2015

16/03/2015

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

Fringe web logo

 

JohnMcDonnell MPAll the fun starts in the South Wing conference room at Community Base on Tuesday 19 May, 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 the new government treading the same old path on pay and the public sector. 

 

IMAG0943Austerity has devastated public services and increased inequality. The Coalition turned a global financial crisis caused by corporate and personal greed into an ideological attack on public services, pay and pensions.  We must demand that this political con-trick be reversed by any Labour government.  Do public services have a future?  We must act to ensure that they do.

This meeting is the LRC’s fringe meeting for PCS conference 2015.

15.10.14 PCS flags

 

Jeremy Corbyn_05.10Next at The Brighthelm Centre on Saturday 23 May, we discuss how Labour can make our votes count.  Whatever the election results, with no real economic recovery under austerity, what will Labour do for us?  Join Jeremy Corbyn MP, Nancy Platts (by then, we hope, Labour’s new MP for Brighton Kemp Town & Peacehaven) and firefighters’ leader Matt Wrack (FBU General Secretary) to discuss the major changes Labour can bring about by insisting on increased public investment and wealth redistribution. 

Nancy PlattsEveryone 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.

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Michael Meacher MPFinally, back at Community Base, 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!

Housing is a basic need for all.  It must be met.  Yet 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?  And what about proposals for a Land Value Tax?

 

Our homes not your investments banner

 

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.

Austerity that's enough_colour

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:

Tony Benn at Brighton Fringe 2012; (c) Morten Watkins

Tony Benn at Brighton Fringe 2012; (c) Morten Watkins

Austerity – That’s Enough!

01/03/2015

Hastings & Rother LRC public meeting

2pm – 4.30pm, Saturday 14 March 2015

The White Rock Hotel, White Rock, Hastings TN34 1JU

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Millions exist on the breadline due to austerity.  Over the past five years ordinary people have paid a high price in lost jobs, low wages, reduced hours and wrecked public services.  This massive attack on our living standards has all been to bailout failed bankers, provide tax cuts to millionaires and pay for wars overseas. We say: Austerity – That’s Enough!  Why not increase taxes on the rich and use the billions spent on war and weapons for our NHS, homes, jobs, public services and schools?

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Discuss these and other issues with leading anti-austerity campaigner and the LRC’s National Chair John McDonnell MP, Jay Kramer, Chair of Hastings & Rye Labour Party, who retired as one of Tressell ward’s councillors in 2014, and Simeon Elliott from Labour CND.

People not Trident

Meet Hastings & Rother LRC at this public event at The White Rock Hotel, starting 2pm on Saturday 14 March 2015.   Hastings & Rother LRC members hold regular, friendly and informal meetings.  You will be able to obtain details of the group’s next meeting at this event.

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7.30pm, Tuesday 3 March

Brighton & Hove LRC meeting

Speaker: Carol Hayton on Labour’s policy-making process

The Mesmerist, 1-3 Prince Albert Street, Brighton BN1 1HE

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Carol Hayton, one of Labour’s National Policy Forum regional representative for the South East region and a member of Horsham Labour Party, will talk generally about the Labour Party’s policy-making process and why it is vital to elect more people from the left onto the National Policy Forum (NPF).

Labour Party members have until 10 June 2015 to elect conference delegates, nominate candidates for the NPF elections for the South East seats and also for the Conference Arrangements Committee (or CAC – which determines the agenda of annual conference) and National Constitutional Committee (or NCC – which rules on constitutional and disciplinary matters).  The Centre Left Grassroots Alliance candidates for the CAC are Katy Clark MP and Jon Lansman, and for the NCC is Gary Heather.

Brighton & Hove LRC holds friendly and informal meetings every other month, usually chatting around a table in a pub room.  All welcome.

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No More Lies!

25/02/2015

Solidarity with Firefighters’ 24 hour strike

Starting 7am Wednesday 25 February 2015

Support FBU pickets at firestations across Sussex

Support FBU “No More Lies” rally

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For over a year now firefighters have been striking against Coalition attacks on firefighters’ pensions and the reckless cuts to the Fire & Rescue Service – cuts happening nationwide, not just across Sussex.  Please stand together with firefighters as they take action again on Wednesday 25 February 2015.  Support picket lines outside fire stations in East and West Sussex.

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Many FBU pickets across Sussex will be barely staffed as firefighters and supporters descend on central London for the FBU’s No More Lies rally and protest, after Tory Fire Minister Penny Mordaunt MP gave non-existent guarantees to secure MPs’ votes in the recent parliamentary debate on firefighters’ pensions.

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FBU General Secretary Matt Wrack explains why firefighters are striking again: “Firefighters are justifiably angry with how this government is treating them.  MPs, the public and firefighters were completely misled and given a false guarantee in order to pass the legislation. This is wrong.”

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Firefighter Paul Drinkwater has also caught the determination and mood of all firefighters in his brilliant beat poem.

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We encourage you to support the FBU’s London rally if you can and, if not, to show solidarity with pickets at local firestations. We’re sure spirits will be high when firefighters return to picket lines tonight. The defence of firefighters’ pensions is the defence of our Fire Service. Stand together united!

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For a Socialist New Year!

01/01/2015
11am – 4pm, Saturday 7 February
ULU, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY
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We wish everyone a happy, healthy, peaceful, tolerant and socialist New Year.  In particular, we wish everyone working, caring or volunteering – whether emergency or rescue workers like nurses, paramedics, firefighters, coastguards or police, other public sector, transport, rail or road maintenance, hostel or shelter workers, and any shift workers, especially those working in fast food outlets, pubs, clubs and the hospitality industry – a quiet and straightforward time as they work on to keep the rest of us safe, well and warm.
5 key pledges
As we look forward to 2015, it’s clear that we must rid ourselves of the Coalition, elect a Labour government and then hold Andy Burnham, Ed Miliband and others to their pledges if we are to save our NHS and Fire Service, stop Osborne taking all public services back to the 1930s and ensure that Britain retains a social security system worthy of the name.  Attend the Labour Left Platform to discuss the key policies the Left will demand from a Labour government in 2015.
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All workers must receive fair pay not poverty pay.  As 2015 begins our thoughts are with City Link workers,  miners and others starting the year facing redundancy, unemployment and an uncertain future.  A commitment to full employment must be the overriding policy objective of any Labour government.   John Tempest has already put for miners the question that should dominate the 2015 election for everyone: “why won’t the government help the mining industry like the banking industry?
Hastings firefighters say Save Our Fire Service!

Hastings firefighters say Save Our Fire Service!

Inspiration may come early this year if Syriza wins the upcoming elections in Greece and applies its socialist, anti-austerity programme of “modest common sense” without flinching.  This will require international support but, like the possible election of Podemos in Spain, would then provide an alternative for other European countries, including Britain, to follow.  We must do all we can to support the election of Syriza (and Podemos) as this could spell the beginning of the end for European austerity
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