Change is coming, and it’ll be glorious!

By Neil Martin.

…but you wouldn’t believe it if you read the papers or watched TV. According to research done by The Independant, 75% of our press coverage on Jeremy Corbyn; Labour’s democratically elected leader (need I remind you, elected with one of the hugest mandates in history), misrepresents him. I like stats, so here’s another – between 15% and 20% of articles about Jeremy Corbyn, published in the Sun, Telegraph and Express constantly associate him with terrorist groups. Don’t forget anti-Semitism either – not a day goes by when there isn’t someone coming out of the woodwork to bang that drum. Now, as a non-practicing Jew, I find the way in which my race is being used as a political football to score goals against a man and more importantly a political movement I wholeheartedly support, to be deeply offensive. And so do these Jews. Continue reading

Without Corbyn, we will return to a nation of non-voters

By Damien Biggs.

“No I don’t vote, what’s the point? They all sound the same to me”. For years this has been the faithful tune sung by the majority of our working class. Its tune continues to be played out loudest amongst the younger generations, those of us born in the 90’s who have never seen genuine political sides and ideology. But are we then a nation of non-political pacifists? Am I just another member of the TV popularity contest generation, where more people seem to care who wins BB or X Factor than who governs our country? Before the EU referendum many would have argued that this was true, that this country has fallen from the dizzying heights of political ideological debate and landed upon the floor, nursing our sore heads and simply leaving it all up to ‘those suited lot’. Continue reading

Nailing the lie that the last Labour Government was ‘Tory Lite’

By Dave Bodimeade.

If Jeremy Corbyn is the answer then many baffled New Labourites are still wondering what the question is. But, if you start from the premise that the last Labour government delivered little for working people (as many on the Left do), then Corbyn could be the answer. A real Labour leader with a real alternative to the Tories? But the premise is wrong and Corbyn isn’t the answer. The last Labour government delivered huge gains, which nail the lie that it was simply ‘Tory Lite’.

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How you can vote in the upcoming leadership election

There has been some confusion since the National Executive Committee (NEC) met to pass the motion of holding a leadership election last week. Much of this confusion centers around the directive passed to exclude anyone who has joined Labour since January the 12th this year.

If you have been a Labour Party member for less than 6th months (joined after the 12th of January 2016), click here to learn more and to join as a registered supporter (£25 charge applies). This option is only available until 5pm on Wednesday the 20th of July.

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At a crossroads, a personal perspective

By David Flack.

Back in the 1960’s I was electrified by the words of Harold Wilson and joined the Labour Party.

Among his many utterances, one quote stands out for me above all others “Labour is a moral crusade, or it is nothing.” These words are very relevant to the current situation the party finds itself in. I can only describe the present chaotic state of the party from my own perspective, others may differ. Continue reading

NEC election polls open – cast your vote!

Rayleigh and Wickford CLP have nominated 6 candidates from the Centre-Left Grassroots Alliance to stand in this year’s NEC elections:

  • Ann Black
  • Christine Shawcroft
  • Claudia Webbe
  • Darren Williams
  • Peter Willsman
  • Rhea Wolfson

Learn more about the candidates we’ve nominated.

See the list of all the candidates who are standing.

Members have started to receive their ballots by email and post. We urge you to take part in this really important election. Continue reading