Thursday, September 21, 2017

Needed : Full Labour Party Membership Rights In Northern Ireland.

This is taken from a published leaflet. I apologise for not having the technical skills to reproduce the full original. Harry Barnes.

In Northern Ireland We want the right to vote Labour.

Stop giving the Tories/DUP a free run!

The Labour Party in Northern Ireland (LPNI) has over 3000 members and registered supporters. Many of these joined in the last two years, inspired by the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn and his policies ‘for the many, not the few.’ We are organised in one CLP which meets regularly and sends delegates to conference. There are also vibrant ‘branches’ meeting all over the region, reflecting the tremendous diversity of our grassroots membership.

3000 members and supporters, zero candidates!

However, Labour’s leadership still refuses us the right to stand candidates. We are denied the right to vote for Labour Party candidates in any elections: local councils, Westminster Parliament, European or Stormont Assembly.

As a result the DUP, which is keeping the Tories in power, is given a free run by Labour.

Labour are the official opposition and the only party that can remove the Tories from government. If Labour does not stand in Northern Ireland it is seeking to govern it without representing it. This is a gross suppression of our basic democratic rights and disenfranchises Northern Ireland voters.
It means we are forced by Labour to vote for local ethno-sectarian parties, such as the DUP and Sinn Fein, in the absence of the Labour Party. Sectarianism is exacerbated and the Tories are in power.
Labour in, sectarianism out!

People in Northern Ireland are also denied many other rights:
    The 1967 Abortion Act still does not apply to Northern Ireland. Abortion is highly restricted. As a result of Stella Creasy MP’s welcome initiative, Northern Ireland women can now access free abortions in GB. But what about those many women who, for one reason or another, can’t travel?
    Northern Ireland is the only part of Britain and Ireland that does not have Equal Marriage.
We are fully committed to gender justice, reproductive justice and social justice. However, without Labour candidates we cannot build electoral campaigns around our equality and anti-austerity agendas.

Join us at our Fringe Event:
Northern Ireland: the Right to Stand
Tuesday    September 26th, 2017.    5.45-7.45pm
Lowy Suite    Brighton Hotel    143-5 King’s Road. Chair: Joan Martin Speakers: Roberta Blackman-Woods MP Bridie McCreesh Unite    Mary Sheen LPNI    Damien Harris LPNI    Boyd Black LPNI
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Published by:    LPNI. 19 Church Road, Belfast BT8 7AL.    jonintess@hotmail.com

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Namibia in Chesterfield



CHESTERFIELD TSUMEB ASSOCIATION

is an organisation which has friendship and support links with the town of Tsumeb in Namibia in Southern Africa

and
ON SATURDAY 16th SEPTEMBER

in
the upstairs function room

at
Chesterfield Labour Club
113 Saltergate, Chesterfield S41 1MF

starting at 7:30pm


RICHARD SYLVESTER

Will be giving a talk about his recent visit to Namibia

Richard is a Labour Councillor in the Manchester area

He also supports the Manchester Diocese
Church Action for Namibia
This organisation supported Namibia in its struggle to gain independence from South Africa

All are welcome


Parking available Chairlift available

Sunday, August 20, 2017

September Discussion Meeting


TOPIC :           ACHIEVING A LIVING WAGE FOR ALL
 

SPEAKER :     BEX BAILEY

TIME :             8pm to 9.15pm

DATE :            SUNDAY,  10th SEPTEMBER

VENUE :         CONTACT CLUB, SNAPE HILL LANE, DRONFIELD S18 2GT




Bex Bailey has been a Labour and trade union activist for 10 years. From Nottinghamshire, she has campaigned across Yorkshire and the East Midlands. She spent three years on the party's National Executive Committee, representing Young Labour and currently sits on the committee of the Labour Women's Network. She has led national campaigns on homelessness and the living wage and is a manager in a women's charity, where she campaigns against low pay and insecure work and for workers' rights.

She will be discussing the Tories’ failure on low pay, the importance of a Living Wage and what we can do to prevent people falling into poverty. Click here for her web-site.