Jeremy making the running – while May runs away

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

By Richard Burgon Labour wants to win the general election. We need to see the back of this cruel Conservative government. Over the next six weeks everyone in our party and the trade union and labour movement has a huge duty to fulfil. Yes, Labour is currently behind in the polls. But we didn’t use that as an excuse to try to block a general election. We know that the Conservatives have made – and are continuing to make – the lives of those we represent and those we seek to represent harder, more difficult and more unpleasant. This general election is a chance to end that. Given the current polling and the extent of positive change we want to bring in, if we win on June 8 it will be a truly historic result. It’s the collective task of the labour and trade union movement to make history. But – as Jeremy Corbyn told the media last week – in 2015 he was a 200-1 shot to become Labour Party leader. Politics has become unpredictable. And that can help give us hope. In the first few days of the election, Jeremy has made the running. Theresa May has simply run away. She has avoided journalists and carefully stage-managed her visits. Jeremy has been touring the country and took on a tough Andrew Marr interview. And […]

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Labour members March for Our NHS

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Labour members will join the March for Our NHS on 4th March. Supported by Unite the Union and UNISON, called by Health Campaigns Together and the People’s Assembly Against Austerity. Join us with members and banners from your local Labour Party: 12 noon 4th March 2017 Tavistock Square, Central London [Near Euston Station – see map] Please publicise the Labour members bloc via our facebook event Sign our Labour members Open Letter – March for Our NHS Sign the letter and stay in touch with our plans here Discuss our model motion to support the march at your CLP Download our motion here    

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Seminar: The Tory Plan to Cut Living Standards

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

The Tory Plan to Cut Living Standards:  The real meaning of the Autumn Statement and Labour’s policies to make people better off Labour Assembly Against Austerity Seminar 7 – 8.30pm Tuesday 29th November Committee Room 12, Houses of Parliament   Speakers Richard Burgon MP Cat Smith MP Thomas Gardiner, Councillor, Camden Council Maya Goodfellow, journalist Sian Errington, Labour Assembly Organised by Labour Assembly Against Austerity   JOIN ON FACEBOOK BOOK VIA EVENTBRITE  

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LAAA conference report: Labour would lift living standards

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

A packed Labour Assembly Against Austerity conference on 22nd October heard stirring calls from Labour front-benchers for economic policies that improve the lives of working class people and cut inequality. Shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbott MP, pointed out that we were living in difficult times but also times that presented a big opportunity. The mass influx of new members, enthused by Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, gave Labour an opportunity to speak to many more voters on important issues such as employment rights, housing and equalities. Labour was now clearly established as an anti-austerity party that would stand against stagnation, the long continuous fall in living standards, and the loss of hope among many young people. Diane warned that the Tories and their supporters in the media would try to deflect the anger and resentment at austerity towards racism, Islamophobia and hostility to The Other. Under Corbyn, Labour would stand up for migrants and focus on the damage Tory economic policies are doing to Britain. Professor Ozlem Onaran from Greenwich University gave a very useful presentation on the effects of financialisation on the UK economy. There has been a trend in Britain away from long term planning and co-operation with the work […]

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EVENT: Winning With Jeremy: Labour’s Alternative to Tory Austerity

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Winning With Jeremy: Labour’s Alternative to Tory Austerity The 3rd Labour Assembly Against Austerity 10am – 5pm Saturday 22nd October 2016 Student Central (formerly ULU) Malet St, Central London REGISTER YOUR PLACE NOW With confirmed speakers: Diane Abbott MP Jon Trickett MP Catherine West MP Richard Burgon MP Kelvin Hopkins MP Shelly Asquith, Vice-President (Welfare,) NUS Caroline Hill, Chair, Young Labour Huda Elmi, Labour Students BAME Danielle Tiplady, People’s Assembly Against Austerity & #bursaryorbust campaign Professor Özlem Onaran, Director of Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre Professor Victoria Chick, Emeritus professor of economics, University College London Liam Young, writer for the Independent & New Statesman Cllr Alice Perry, Islington Councillor & Labour NEC Christine Shawcroft, Labour NEC Cllr Claudia Webbe, Labour NEC Cllr Emine Ibrahim, Haringey Labour Councillor Denis Fernando, Stand Up To Racism Don Flynn, Migrants Rights Network Marsha Jane Thompson, Momentum Steering Committee Manuel Cortes, TSSA General Secretary Roger McKenzie, UNISON Assistant General Secretary (invited) Peter Kavanagh, Unite the Union London & Eastern Regional Secretary Steve Turner, Unite the Union AGS & People’s Assembly Against Austerity The third major national Labour Assembly Against Austerity conference brings together parliamentarians, trade unionists, community and anti-cuts campaigners with grassroots Labour Party members […]

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Labour Assembly statement on re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Leader

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Labour Assembly Against Austerity’s Co-Chairs, Diane Abbott MP and Steve Turner, Assistant General Secretary of Unite the Union, alongside Vice-Chair Lucy Anderson MEP, comment on Jeremy Corbyn’s re-election as Labour Leader with an increased share of the vote. Commenting on Jeremy Corbyn’s victory in the Labour Leadership election today, Lucy Anderson MEP, Vice-Chair of the Labour Assembly Against Austerity said: “The Labour Assembly Against Austerity welcomes Jeremy Corbyn’s re-election as Labour leader, staking out how a Labour government would deliver a £500bn public investment programme to build our infrastructure, manufacturing, and new industries of the future, moving us to a low carbon economy, delivering good jobs and tackling the housing crisis. This is the credible – and transformative – economic strategy that Labour needs for General Election victory and will raise living standards in Britain.” She added, “Austerity has not eliminated the government deficit, contrary to Conservative promises. Instead, because of their policies, the economy has stagnated. In contrast to this, Jeremy Corbyn clearly understands that the priority must be achieving economic growth that fairly shares wealth. We look forward to working with Jeremy in campaigning against the Conservatives and for a Labour victory in the months and years ahead.” […]

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