As SKWAWKBOX recently revealed, the Labour right is trying to reverse the socialist direction taken by the Labour-affiliated Socialist Health Association (SHA). Online elections for the SHA’s national officers and Central Council members close on February 21.
During the last three years, the SHA has:
- submitted two successful conference motions for Labour to reinstate a fully renationalised NHS
- undertaken a major review of SHA governance in order to deal with wide-ranging problems that have increased ever since the recommendations of a similar review five years ago were buried by the SHA’s former right-wing leadership
- completed a disciplinary process, that resulted in the dismissal of its former director after a finding of abusive and disparaging remarks about staff and vulnerable residents and improper behaviour in SHA elections
- suspended and relaunched the Greater Manchester SHA branch, whose membership it found to have been inflated by fake members and by large scale short-term recruitment aimed solely at influencing the makeup of CLP delegations
SHA insiders say that a right-wing ‘coup’ attempt is being coordinated by a businessman and members of the SHA’s West Midlands branch including some of the ‘usual suspects’ familiar from the right’s manoeuvres within the Labour Party itself.
It’s vital for SHA members to vote in the current Central Council elections in order to maintain the advances made in recent years and to prevent members of Progress and Labour First turning the clock back to the bad old days, when the SHA colluded with New Labour attacks on critics of PFI, privatisation and outsourcing in the NHS.
SHA members can make their vote count by supporting all of the following candidates – especially the officers:
Advancing the left
Chair – Mark Ladbrooke
Secretary – Punita Goodfellow
Treasurer – Irene Leonard
Central Council members
Corrie Louise Lowry
The SKWAWKBOX needs your support. This blog is provided free of charge but depends on the generosity of its readers to be viable. If you can afford to, please click here to arrange a one-off or modest monthly donation via PayPal or here for a monthly donation via GoCardless. Thanks for your solidarity so this blog can keep bringing you information the Establishment would prefer you not to know about.
If you wish to reblog this post for non-commercial use, you are welcome to do so – see here for more.