Fight the Northern Region Witch Hunt
Starmer and the right continue their purge of left-wing Labor activists. Supporters of the Socialist Appeal and grassroots members of the North East are the latest victims of this outrageous witch hunt.
We have received reports that a number of Labor Party activists in Northumberland have received letters from the Labor Party bureaucracy threatening them with deportation on the grounds that they are Socialist Appeal supporters.
This latest batch of eviction letters – with reports of at least a dozen – is timed to coincide with the upcoming Northern Region Labor Party conference.
Notably, while some of these comrades are openly supporters of Socialist Appeal, many of those targeted have no connection to our organization.
It is obvious that these activists were chosen by the right for reasons that have nothing to do with their alleged support for our tendency. Rather, this “crime” is being used to drive them out of the party witches, as part of Starmer’s bureaucratic purge of the left.
Socialist Appeal is proud to have fought for Marxist ideas – in the northern region and throughout the labor movement.
We have consistently championed our ideas among young people, in unions and in the wider movement, and participated in the Labor Party for decades.
the Socialist appeal newspaper has been openly sold in the party since its inception in 1992, 30 years ago
Our comrades have never presented candidates against the Labor Party in elections. Conversely, we have always represented the most steadfast and determined fighters for genuine socialist ideas within the party.
In recent years we have campaigned for the compulsory reselection of MPs, as well as restoring the original Term 4 – the Labor Socialist birthright, which was later scrapped by Blair.
As we predicted, the witch hunt against our comrades has now been used to attack the rest of the left in the region.
This is part of the Labor right’s strategy to crush all opposition, in its rush to the right.
Young members, advisers and comrades with decades of experience in the Labor Party; CLP agents; and prominent union activists: all were threatened with expulsion.
This bureaucratic maneuver reflects the inability of Starmer and the right to present a clear political response to the conservatives and the crisis of capitalism.
We are convinced that the ideas we support are inseparable from the labor and trade union movement, nor from the millions of young people who are becoming radicalized because of events.
On the contrary, we are confident that support for socialist and Marxist ideas will continue to grow and expand – not just in the North East and Cumbria, but nationally and internationally.
- Stop the witch hunt!
- Get organized and fight for socialist ideas!
- Build up the forces of Marxism!
We have received the following letter from Bill Haylock, former chairman of Hexham CLP and proud supporter of Socialist Appeal. Bill writes to rank and file members of his local Labor Party, informing them of his recent expulsion.
And what evidence was provided by the Labor bureaucracy to justify Bill’s expulsion? A Marxist Christmas cake!
This will be the last time I write to you as an officer of Hexham CLP. Following a complaint against me, I am expelled from the Labor Party.
My “offence” is simply to be a socialist – to be a member of a group, Socialist appealwho supports the party and has worked diligently for it for decades.
Last year, the party leadership banned Socialist appeal and three other groups. Meanwhile, many other non-socialist groups are allowed to continue organizing within the party.
I have been a Marxist for 40 years; and I am proud to be part of the Marxist tradition, which has been an important and effective current within the Labor Party throughout its 120-year history.
In 1947, under Clement Atlee, for example, the party acknowledged “its debt to Marx and Engels as two men who were the inspiration of the whole labor movement”, in the introduction to a souvenir edition of Marx and Engels. communist manifestowhich the NEC decided to publish to mark the centenary of its writing.
The Labor Party tells me that my support for Socialist appeal is “contrary to the aims and values of Labour”. If so, it can only be that the party’s goals and values have changed.
There is plenty of evidence for this. The current leader made 10 promises to members during his leadership campaign. He has since waived each of those commitments. It seems that taking people for fools has become part of the “aims and values” of the Labor Party, as well as the Conservative Party.
The party recently welcomed a Conservative MP – with an abysmal record of voting against the interests of working class people – into its embrace. At the same time, the leadership refused to readmit former party leader Jeremy Corbyn to the PLP.
Supporting ruling class interests against working class interests appears to be part of the party’s “aims and values” under Keir Starmer.
We recently heard Rachel Reeves say she was happy that so many members had left the Labor Party. It appears that contempt and hostility towards members who have worked hard to elect Labor MPs is also part of Labour’s ‘aims and values’.
For the past six years, I have spent much of my life working to build the party in our constituency and in the county: as Bywell Branch Secretary; PLC Secretary; Northumberland Local Campaign Forum Secretary; and now as CLP President.
From a dynamic and optimistic party, with revived and lively branches, capable of fielding many active militants, I have seen disillusionment and apathy set in under the new leadership of the party.
I became active in Socialist appeal because – as many young people in particular realize – it offers political ideas and hope for change: two things that are notably absent from the current Labor leadership.
I would like to thank the many people within the party who offered me their friendship, solidarity and support during my tenure as a member of Hexham CLP.
Chairman, Hexham CLP