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Email  sussexlrc@hotmail.co.uk for more information about any of our events.  Upcoming events include:

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Tories Out! Unite our Movement to Defeat Austerity:  6.30pm – 9pm, Tuesday 12 September 2017

Lecture Room, Friends’ Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF

Congress 2017 returns to Brighton with popular support for the democratic socialism of Labour’s 2017 manifesto and a Corbyn-led Labour Party pushing towards Government. Against this backdrop the TUC’s key debates are expected to include discussions on free movement and decriminalising sex work.

Hear top trades unionists speaking at this LRC fringe event, including: Matt Wrack – FBU General Secretary and LRC National Chair, Mark Serwotka – PCS General Secretary, Maria Exall – CWU Executive, Ronnie Draper – BFAWU General Secretary, Debbie Reay – Chair of ASLEF Women’s Committee and Laura Watson, spokeswoman for the English Collective of Prostitutes.  

26.09.17 Lab17 fringeForward to a Labour Government:  6.30pm – 9pm, Tuesday 26 September 2017

Lecture Room, Friends’ Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF

Last time Labour Conference was in Brighton, people sat in the aisles, stood in doorways, listened from the corridors and we ran an overspill meeting outside, so that everyone could join in our fringe event – and no one went away unhappy!

This year, make a date now not to miss top speakers including: John McDonnell MP, Laura Pidcock MP, Chris Williamson MP, Claudia Webbe (Labour NEC), Matt Wrack (FBU), Mark Serwotka (PCS), Dave Ward (CWU), Mick Whelan (ASLEF), Ian Hodson (BFAWU), former Labour NEC member and leading anti-purge campaigner Liz Davies from Labour Women Leading, and Sarah Walker (ECP), as we discuss how we push forward to a Labour Government leading with the democratic socialist policies which got popular support for Labour’s 2017 manifesto.

Details of future public events will appear here as they are arranged

Brighton & Hove LRC‘s friendly and informal meetings, chatting around a pub table in central Brighton, will be returning in 2017 having been suspended since late 2015 while local members focussed on supporting Momentum Brighton & Hove’s events.

What you may have missed earlier in 2017:

Vote Labour to Save Our Public Services – 22 May 2017

Our PCS Conference fringe meeting gave the warmest of welcomes to the returning PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka and also heard passionate calls for everyone to vote Labour to defend public services from a Tory Party determined to devastate Britain’s welfare state.  Watch the main speeches from Mark together with Matt Wrack (FBU), Ellen Clifford (DPAC), Niki Adams (ECP), Zita Holbourne (BARAC), and Lloyd Russell-Moyle in one of his last major speeches before being elected as Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown.

Learn About Labour workshops – 7 January and 7 March 2017

These popular workshops encourage Brighton & Hove Labour members and supporters to get more involved in their Party, with a review of how the Party works demystifying Labour’s rulebook and structures from branches to the NEC, and help for people to feel confident joining-in or leading Labour activities, whatever they want to do.  More will be arranged on request – just contact us.

Action For Rail – Tuesday 3 January 2017

We joined with Momentum and other protesters outside stations across Sussex, leafleting passengers and explaining that re-nationalisation of our railways will make train travel cheaper and safer.  The overwhelming response from passengers was support for public ownership of rail and for rail workers in dispute against driver-only operation.

What you may have missed in 2016:

Learn About Labour workshop – Sunday 4 December 2016

At this workshop Brighton & Hove Labour members and supporters were encouraged to get more involved in their Party, with a review of how the Party works demystifying Labour’s rulebook and structures from branches to the NEC, and helping people feel confident joining-in or leading Labour activities, whatever they want to do.

Transforming Our Party to Transform Our SocietySaturday 29 October 2016

2016 LRC Annual Conference heard from Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, Labour NEC member Claudia Webbe, FBU General Secretary Matt Wrack, BFAWU General Secretary Ronnie Draper, and other speakers from campaigning and activist groups, decided the LRC’s campaigning priorities, and elected a National Executive Committee to run the organisation for the coming year.

Sussex LRC and Hastings & Rother LRC meetings – 4 & 7 October 2016

Both Sussex LRC and Hastings & Rother LRC held members’ meetings to decide delegates, nominations and motions for LRC annual conference on Saturday 29 October 2016.  Members should contact sussexlrc@hotmail.co.uk hastingsrotherlrc@hotmail.com for more information about members’ meetings.   

Let’s Get Corbyn Back In to Get The Tories Out!  Monday 12 September 2016

Sussex hosted the LRC’s #TUC16 fringe event.  Local members and delegates from Congress agreed that trades unionists want and need a Labour Leader who will represent the labour movement – fighting austerity, renationalising our railways, saving our Fire Service and Post Offices, and defending trade union rights. Hearing from Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP, Jackie Walker – national vice-Chair Momentum, Matt Wrack – FBU General Secretary, Ronnie Draper – BFAWU General Secretary, Tosh McDonald – ASLEF President, Andy Furey – CWU National Officer, Steve Shaw – RMT National Executive, Jon Rogers – Lambeth UNISON, and Sarah Walker, spokeswoman for the English Collective of Prostitutes, everyone agreed that we need Corbyn back in to get the Tories out!  You can see photos of the meeting and watch the main speeches via Sussex LRC TV.

How do we bring Corbyn’s new politics into UNISON?  Wednesday 22 June 2016

Our UNISON conference fringe meeting discussed with Jon Rogers of Lambeth UNISON, Dan Sartin of UNISON West Sussex and Save Our Libraries campaigner Ruth Cashman, we discussed the vital role trades unions play in protecting working people against the onslaught of attacks from this Tory government, and how important trades unions are to Jeremy Corbyn as he seeks to democratise the Labour Party and transform Britain.  See photos from the meeting and watch the main speeches via Sussex LRC TV.

Sussex LRC stall at the Kemp Town Carnival – Saturday 4 June 2016

Thanks to everyone who visited our stall and helped us complete every line on every sheet we had of the petition demanding that Sussex’s 7 CCGs take immediate action to rescind the contract with failing NHS patient transport services privateer Coperforma.  If you haven’t already, please sign it here.

Stand-up to Racism and Stop Witch-hunts – Wednesday 1 June 2016

We discussed the need to fight all forms of racism and fascism, to take appropriate action against any Labour member who actually has made anti-Semitic comments, but also to end the suspension of Labour members on a spurious basis, to prevent a political witch-hunt in the Labour Party and to protect the right to free speech.  Watch the main speeches by Louise Purbrick of StopMfE, Ian Saville of the Jewish Socialists’ Group and Jackie Walker of Momentum via Sussex LRC TV.

The Divide – Tuesday 24 May 2016

We were delighted to co-host the Brighton premiere of The Divide during PCS conference, with Momentum Brighton & Hove.  A short introduction by Mark Serwotka and speeches by Clara Paillard, Zita Holbourne and Mark Leopard, picking-up on the themes of inequality highlighted by the film, can be seen via Sussex LRC TV.

Trust Your Doctor, Not A Tory – Monday 25 April 2016

Our UNISON Health conference fringe meeting, co-hosted with Momentum Brighton & Hove, agreed that doctors, nurses and all healthworkers are more trustworthy than the Tories, and not just when it comes to our NHS.  Watch the main speeches by Dr Todd Leckie, Alison Brown, Simon May, Carl Walker and Katrina Miller via Sussex LRC TV.

Is Labour Learning its Lessons? – Saturday 26 March 2016

Our NUT conference fringe meeting, co-hosted with Momentum Brighton & Hove, was strongly opposed to academies and all private schools, expressed support for teachers at the chalkface of Tory education funding cuts, and discussed bringing the Corbyn effect into Labour’s education policy.  Watch the main speeches by Kevin Courtney, Phil Clarke, Lloyd Russell-Moyle and Talullah Gunputh via Sussex LRC TV.

Momentum Brighton & Hove meeting – Wednesday 17 February 2016

We supported Momentum Brighton & Hove’s fourth meeting, which focussed on the Tories’ attacks on young people.

Wapping Lies: Media Democracy 30 Years On – Saturday 23 January 2016

An afternoon of memories, laughs, politics and song, marking the 30th anniversary of the 1986/87 Wapping Dispute and linking the printworkers’ fight for jobs and justice with campaigns ongoing today.  As well as remembering the Wapping Dispute, we examined how ownership of the media stifles press and broadcasting freedom in the UK, discussed the impact of social media, and raised £150 each for the Campaign For Press and Broadcasting Freedom and the News International Dispute Archive.

Hastings & Rother LRC meeting – Friday 29 January 2016

Hastings and Rother LRC members’ welcomed a speaker from Momentum Hastings and discussed the priorities for the LRC nationally and in Sussex. For more information contact hastingsrotherlrc@hotmail.com

Momentum Brighton & Hove meeting – Tuesday 12 January 2016

We supported Momentum Brighton & Hove’s third meeting, which featured an interesting discussion with speakers representing local government workers, of how Labour Councils can do more to resist the austerity cuts the Tories are seeking to force upon them.

Action For Rail – Monday 4 January 2016

We joined with Momentum and other protesters outside stations across Sussex, leafleting passengers and explaining that re-nationalisation of our railways will make train travel cheaper and safer.

What you may have missed in 2015:

Momentum Brighton & Hove meeting – Tuesday 1 December 2015

We were again happy to co-ordinate this second meeting for Momentum Brighton & Hove, which c.80-100 people attended to discuss Jeremy Corbyn’s plan for a People’s Railway with the RMT’s Garry Hassell, and to organise local Action For Rail protests across Brighton & Hove for 4 January 2016.

Hastings & Rother LRC meeting – Friday 27 November 2015

Hastings and Rother LRC members discussed the priorities for the LRC with Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Leader. 

Momentum Brighton & Hove meeting – Thursday 29 October 2015

We were happy to co-ordinate this first meeting for Momentum Brighton & Hove, which over 120 people attended to discuss campaigns Labour should run locally and nationally with Barking & Dagenham Labour Councillor Sam Tarry.

Brighton & Hove LRC meeting – Tuesday 20 October 2015

Members and supporters discussed the impact of cuts on carers, Labour’s conference commitments to fight cuts and promote the rights of carers, among others, how we can best achieve this locally and how we best support Jeremy Corbyn in his new role as Labour leader.  It was agreed to support Momentum Brighton & Hove.

Standing Together To Fight Austerity – Monday 28 September 2015

Sussex LRC hosted the LRC’s national fringe event for Labour Party conference.  A packed meeting saw people sitting on the floor and standing in corridors, plus a second overspill event in the gardens outside, as folk crammed in to hear John McDonnell MP, Cat Smith MP, Richard Burgon MP, Neil Findlay MSP, former MP Katy Clark, Ian Hodson – BFAWU National President, Matt Wrack – FBU General Secretary, Mick Lynch – RMT Assistant General Secretary, Maria Exall – CWU, Rachel Mullen – BFAWU Youth, Laura Watkins, spokeswoman for the English Collective of Prostitutes and Rhea Wolfsen of the newly formed Labour Young Socialists.  A truly amazing evening!  Watch all the main speeches and see photos from the meeting via Sussex LRC TV.

Hastings & Rother LRC meeting – Friday 25 September 2015

Hastings and Rother LRC members discussed what comes next for the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. 

Resist Austerity – Defend Trade Union Rights – Tuesday 15 September 2015

Sussex LRC hosted the LRC’s national fringe event during the TUC’s Congress 2015, with rousing conrtibutions from Ian Lavery MP, Mark Serwotka – PCS General Secretary, Manuel Cortes – TSSA General Secretary, Janine Booth – RMT activist, Dave Green – FBU National Officer, Maria Exall – CWU activist, Ian Hodson – BFAWU National President, Nick Rudikoff – SEIU Global Co-ordinator, Ajay & Mya from Detroit Fight for 15 and Black Lives Matter, and Sarah Walker – English Collective of Prostitutes, plus a great photographic display by Bruce Wilson – 1984/85 Yorkshire striking miner, Silverwood colliery.  Watch all the main speeches and see photos from the meeting via Sussex LRC TV.

Brighton & Hove LRC meeting – Tuesday 4 August 2015

Francis Tonks spoke about his over 50 years as a Labour Party member, which has seen him go from Bevin Boy to alderman by way of 22 years as a highly regarded councillor for Moulscoomb & Bevendean.

Hastings & Rother LRC meeting – Friday 10 July 2015

The AGM of Hastings & Rother LRC was followed by a discussion of Tory plans to accelerate schools privatisation with Justin Wynne of UCU and also marked the anniversary of the Israeli bombing of Gaza with Gill Knight of the Hastings Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Hastings & Rother LRC meeting – Friday 22 May 2015

Members of Hastings & Rother LRC discussed the outcome of the general election, red policy lines for Labour and other issues in a friendly and informal meeting.

Sussex LRC at Brighton Fringe – 19, 23 & 30 May 2015

We held three events during Brighton Fringe 2015.  First we discussed key issues surrounding the future for our public services with John McDonnell MP, Mark Serwotka (PCS), Candy Udwin (PCS) and Laura Watson (English Collective of Prostitutes).  Then, with Jeremy Corbyn MP and Nancy Platts we debated how Labour can make our votes count.  Finally, with Michael Meacher MP and representatives from the housing direct action campaign group Focus E15 we examined solutions to the UK’s housing crisis.

Hastings & Rother LRC meeting – Saturday 14 March 2015

John McDonnell MP , Jay Kramer – Chair of Hastings & Rye Labour Party and former Tressell ward councillor, and Simeon Elliott of Labour CND received a warm welcome when they told the packed crowd at Hastings’ White Rock Hotel: “Austerity – that’s enough!”.  With millions of people struggling on the breadline due to austerity, lost jobs, low wages, reduced hours and wrecked public services, everyone agreed that austerity has been a political con-trick to bailout failed bankers, provide tax cuts to millionaires and pay for wars overseas – paid for by attacks on the living standards of working class people.  Everyone agreed that Labour should abandon austerity politics, increase taxes on the rich, scrap Trident and use the billions spent on war and weapons for our NHS, homes, jobs, public services and schools.  See film and photos of this meeting via Sussex LRC TV.

Brighton & Hove LRC meeting – Tuesday 3 March 2015

Carol Hayton, one of Labour’s National Policy Forum representatives for the South East, spoke about the Labour Party’s policy-making process and why it is vital to elect more people from the left on the NPF.

What you may have missed in 2014:

No Justice No Peace – Tuesday 2 December 2014

Local writer Bev Trounce told this meeting of Brighton & Hove LRC what she had learnt during months spent talking to former miners and their families about the experiences of UK mining communities during the 1984/85 Miners’ Strike and over the 30 subsequent years.  Bev reflected on the determination, strength and unity of the mining communities, in the face of great hardships deliberately inflicted by the Thatcher government – particularly at Christmas.  Bev’s book “From a Rock to a Hard Place: Memories of the Miners’ Strike in England” will be published by the History Press on 2 February 2015.  As Bev is donating half her royalties to striking miners’ welfare charities, you may want to give people IOUs this Christmas.

Sex Workers Need Workers’ Rights Not Criminalisation – Tuesday 7 October 2014

Laura Watson, spokeswoman for the English Collective of Prostitutes – a self-help network of sex workers of different nationalities and backgrounds, working in different areas of the sex industry, on the streets and indoors – asked this Brighton & Hove LRC meeting to consider whether criminalising either sex workers or their clients would help sex workers or undermine their safety.  International models, including New Zealand’s decriminalisation of sex work, US-style criminalisation of sex workers, German or Swiss toleration zones, and Swedish client criminalisation were assessed.  Those present agreed that the UK should follow the New Zealand model and that the government must address the causes of poverty – housing, low benefits/wages and a lack of other resources – to enable sex workers to get out of prostitution if they want to.

War, Peace and InternationalismSaturday 13 September 2014

With prominent anti-war campaigner Jeremy Corbyn MP, activist, RAF veteran, survivor of the Great Depression, author of Harry’s Last Stand and top tweeter Harry Leslie Smith, Purna Sen – former Head of Human Rights at the Commonwealth Secretariat and Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Brighton Pavilion, and Labour CND national vice-Chair Joy Hurcombe, this Sussex LRC meeting discussed the escalation of conflict in the Middle East, the impact on our freedoms of new UK terror alerts, the case for scrapping the UK’s own weapons of mass destruction by not renewing Trident, and the urgent need for the UK to adopt a progressive foreign policy.  While millions struggle to live on the breadline due to austerity, people want billions spent on jobs, homes, the NHS and the environment, not war and weapons.  See film of all the major speeches via the lrcsussex YouTube page or go direct to the dedicated Sussex LRC TV page for this event.  Photos are available via Flickr.

LGBT Pride: civil rights or consumerism? Tuesday 29 July 2014

Local LGBT activist, socialist and NUT member Simeon Elliott asked this Brighton & Hove LRC meeting to consider whether the civil rights and health priorities of LGBT people continue to be well represented at Pride, and if there is a conflict between business, alcohol consumption and health & wellbeing outcomes for people attending Pride.   With Party in the Park costing most £25 a ticket, can Pride still promote social justice and civil rights for all when lower income and young people, in particular, are priced out of Pride’s big ticket event?

Public Services Not Private Profit – Wednesday 18 June 2014 

We discussed fair pay for public sector workers, no cuts and stopping further outsourcing and privatisation with Ian LawrenceNAPO General Secretary, Gordon McKay – UNISON Scotland Health, Jon Rogers – local government worker on the UNISON NEC & Lambeth UNISON activist, and Brighton school student Sian Carey, with a special contribution from local writer Bev Trounce on the 30th anniversary of the Battle of Orgreave.  See film of all the major speeches via the lrcsussex YouTube page or go direct to the dedicated Sussex LRC TV page for this event.  Photos are available via Flickr.

Kemp Town Carnival – Saturday 7 June 2014

Did you see our stall at the Kemp Town Carnival?  We had so much fun we forgot to take any photos, so do send any in that you took of us.  Thanks to everyone who joined with us to say a loud “no!” to privatising Hove Park School into an academy, as well as those who want to defend our local NHS and stop the privatisation of Brighton & Hove’s NHS Substance Misuse Service.

Benn & Crow’s Radical Alternative To Austerity Saturday 31 May 2014

We celebrated the commitment of socialist legends Tony Benn and Bob Crow, with Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven, Nancy Platts, Sussex’s favourite protest singer/songwriter Robb Johnson and Steve Yandell, who worked with Bob Crow at RMT and the International Transport Workers Federation for 20 years.  We were treated to Robb performing Bob Crow Was A Union Man and more of his fantastic protest songs, and heard personal memories of Tony and Bob from all speakers.  Then we discussed how we ensure Labour adopts real alternative policies to restore our communities, the welfare state, the NHS and the economy, as Tony and Bob fought for.  Everyone agreed that what will follow the failed policies of austerity will be what we the people demand.  See film of all the major speeches via the lrcsussex YouTube page or go direct to the dedicated Sussex LRC TV page for this event.  Photos are available via Flickr.

Is It Time To Re-Nationalise UK PLC?  Tuesday 20 May 2014

Labour MP and LRC National Chair John McDonnell MP described the “corporate kleptocracy” that is privatisation, where 4 big companies – SERCO, G4S, Capita and ATOS – have carved-up contracted-out public services and are bleeding dry the UK economy and taxpayers.   CWU union activist Maria Exall discussed the importance of Royal Mail returning to public ownership and the vital need for telecommunications, especially broadband, to be developed and run in the national interest.  PCS Policy Officer Andrew Fisher – author of “The Failed Experiment… and how to build an economy that works” provided an overview of the failings of privatisation, and former RMT union Executive member Janine Booth outlined the urgent need to put rail back into public ownership.  See film of all the major speeches via the lrcsussex YouTube page or go direct to the dedicated Sussex LRC TV page for this event.  Photos are available via Flickr.

Fracking the Downs – Failing Our Future  –  Saturday 17 May 2014

Our big Energy Debate with Michael Meacher MP – former Labour Minister of State for the Environment, energy policy expert Professor Stephen Thomas (University of Greenwich), Brenda Pollack (Friends of the Earth) and Charles Metcalfe (Chairman, Frack Free Balcombe Residents Association – FFBRA) was an informative and interesting event with a very lively audience.  It was very clear that no one wants fracking and there was general agreement that future energy security lies in developing the UK’s considerable and relatively cheap renewable energy resources.  See film of all the major speeches via the lrcsussex YouTube page or go direct to the dedicated Sussex LRC TV page for this event.  Photos are available via Flickr.

How Can Labour Re-Build Trust With Teachers?  19 April 2014

With Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt accepting many of Michael Gove’s policies, so hated by teachers, other school workers, students, parents and ordinary Labour Party members, we discussed how teachers, Labour Party members and everyone can change Labour’s position with Kevin Courtney – the NUT’s Deputy General Secretary, Nancy Platts – Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Brighton Kemp Town & Peacehaven, Paul Shellard from Brighton & Hove NUT, Brighton school student Sian Careyand Carly-Anne Baxter who represents local teaching assistants in the GMB.  See photos of this event on Flickr and the film of all the major speeches via the lrcsussex YouTube page or go direct to the dedicated Sussex LRC TV page on this website.

55 Weeks To Save The NHS!  15 April 2014

With the Coalition busy bringing in private contractors to run NHS services, selling-off NHS assets, and undermining the morale of healthcare workers with insulting and divisive pay offers, we discussed how to take action to save our NHS with representatives of all the major health unions – Gordon McKay of UNISON Scotland Health, Ian Evans of Unite’s Health National Industrial Sector Committee and Andy Prendergast, Senior Organiser of the GMB; plus local healthworker Mick Foote and Nancy Platts – Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Brighton Kemp Town and Peacehaven.  See photos of this event on Flickr and the film of all the major speeches via the lrcsussex YouTube page or go direct to the dedicated Sussex LRC TV page on this website.

Fast Food Rights action – 29 March 2014

Working in fast food restaurants means low pay, insecure jobs and poor employment conditions for most people.  The Fast Food Rights campaign aims to recruit fast food workers into a trade union to fight collectively for decent pay, secure contracts and respectful treatment.  All trade unionists were asked to support this day of action which saw protests outside different fast food outlets nationwide.  Over lunchtime LRC members leafleted and engaged the public outside McDonald’s and Subway in Western Road, Brighton.

Celebrate the Struggle – Fight For Justice – 8 March 2014

Together with Brighton & Hove District Trades CouncilBob Crow (RMT), Simon Weller (ASLEF), Robb Johnson, The Malthouse Duo with Charlie Anderson, Terry Harrison (Betteshanger NUM), Liz French (Betteshanger Women Against Pit Closures), Joy Hurcombe (Labour CND), Gary Cox (Kent Miners’ Festival), Adriano Merola Marotta (Sussex 5) and Kate Smurthwaite, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the 1984/85 Miners’ Strike and marked International Women’s Day with an afternoon of music, politics, memories and laughs.  See ITV report here.  This was an unforgettable event which, sadly, can never be repeated given the sudden, tragic death of Bob Crow just three days later.  Those present will always remember a passionate speech from a vibrant comrade with determined plans for the future.  Our condolences to his family, friends and all at RMT.  See photos of this event on Flickr and the film of all the major speeches via the lrcsussex YouTube page or go direct to the dedicated Sussex LRC TV page on this website.

Fast Food Rights – 27 February 2014

Brighton & Hove LRC supporters were joined by Frank Loveday, Dave Hunt and Vinny Muno-Cano from BFAWU for an informative discussion of the Fast Food Rights campaign, which aims to eliminate zero hour contracts in the fast food sector, raise the pay and improve the conditions of fast food workers.

What you may have missed in 2013:

Defend the Labour Party – Trade Union Link! – 3 December 2013

Ian Hodson, National President of BFAWU, led a discussion on the importance of the Labour Party’s trade union link.  Film of Ian’s main speech and Q&A sessions is available via the lrcsussex YouTube page or go direct to the dedicated Sussex LRC TV page on this website.  Everyone agreed that we must Defend the Link!

Solidarity with teachers & firefighters – 3 October 2013

Brighton & Hove LRC members discussed how teachers and firefighters have been driven to strike by the Coalition’s reckless cuts and complete refusal to negotiate.  Jim Parrott (FBU Executive Council) and Ron Gordon (Brighton & Hove NUT) detailed the attacks that have been made on these services, which are never mentioned in the media.  Members expressed their solidarity with all those taking strike action in these disputes.

Alternatives to Austerity – 23 September 2013

Sussex LRC organised this national Labour Representation Committee fringe event on our doorstep.  It was standing room only as a packed Friends’ Meeting House hosted one of the best fringe meetings during this year’s Labour Party conference.  Top speakers included John McDonnell MP, Katy Clark MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Mark Serwotka – PCS General Secretary, Nancy Platts – Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Brighton Kemp Town, Owen Jones – journalist,  Maria Exall – CWU, Neil Findlay MSP, Ian Lawrence – NAPO, Manuel Cortes – TSSA and a special contribution from Ian Hodson – BFAWU.  See photos of this event on Flickr and the film of all the major speeches via the lrcsussex YouTube page or go direct to the dedicated Sussex LRC TV page on this website.

40 Years On: What can we learn from Chile and South America?  14 September 2013

Sussex LRC held a special meeting with Jeremy Corbyn MP and Maria Vasquez-Aguilar from the Chile 40 Years On campaign, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Chilean coup which overthrew the elected socialist government of Salvador Allende on 11 September 1973.  We remembered the international solidarity of the labour movement, as trades unionists were at the forefront of resisting Pinochet’s regime, and heard that Pinochet’s Chile applied monetarist ideas at the point of a gun, providing a neo-liberal economic model for Thatcher and Reagan to follow in the 1980s – the consequences of which we are living with today.  See photos of this event on Flickr and film of both speakers via the lrcsussex YouTube page or go direct to the dedicated Sussex LRC TV page on this website.

Defending the Link – 18 July 2013

Brighton & Hove LRC discussed the Labour leader’s proposals to change the Labour Party’s historic link with the trades unions, with Ian Evans from UNITE’s National Industrial Sector Committee for Health.  After a varied discussion members agreed that the link should be retained.

Sussex LRC at Brighton and Hove People’s Day – 15 June 2013

Brighton and Hove LRC members ran a stall, prioritising messages in solidarity with then striking Cityclean workers and the Greenkeepers in dispute with the Council’s private management contractor, Mytime Active, which is seeking to enforce 20% pay cuts and a 28% workforce reduction.  £173 was collected for GMB Southern’s strike fund supporting these workers.

Sussex LRC at the Kemp Town Carnival – 1 June 2013

Brighton and Hove LRC members ran a stall at the Carnival, prioritising solidarity messages in support of Cityclean workers in dispute with the City Council over forced pay cuts and updating the public about privatisations and £30m proposed cuts to BSUH NHS Trust.  Look at Flickr to see the fun we had!

See our Brighton Fringe tab for details of Sussex LRC’s top events held on 4, 11, 22, 25 & 29 May 2013

See photos from all our Brighton Fringe events via the Sussex LRC Flickr photostream.  Video footage of all the main speeches from all our 2013 Brighton Fringe meetings is available on the lrcsussex You Tube page with links posted via this website’s Sussex LRC TV tab.

Why a Labour Government Should Scrap Trident – 14 March 2013

Brighton & Hove LRC discussed Labour’s policy on nuclear weapons with Labour CND National Vice-Chair Joy Hurcombe.  After a lively and entertaining discussion, we agreed that Trident should be scrapped.

Britain needs Housing – 5 February 2013

Sussex LRC met to discuss this priority issue for people of all ages, locally and nationally.  Andy Winter (Brighton Housing Trust) demonstrated how benefit cuts make homelessness worse, showed the cruelty & foolishness of the Coalition’s Bedroom Tax and discussed local developments across Sussex, such as BHT’s plan to convert containers into emergency housing.

Support Peoples & Workers in Struggle – 17 January 2013

Brighton & Hove LRC heard from Barry Stierer of B&H Palestine Solidarity Campaign on the role of UK governments, businesses & political parties in the illegal occupation of Palestine and also from GMB representatives on the dispute between Sussex hospital staff and private contractors Sodexo.

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