Councillors form left group as rallying point and sign-post
A group of Labour councillors has formed a new group – on similar lines to the Socialist Campaign Group among Labour MPs – to help build Labour as a grassroots, local movement and to rebuild trust among communities.
The Socialist Campaign Group of Labour Councillors (SCGLC) website states that its aims are to:
- Build on our proud socialist traditions in local government, whilst organising and agitating for new alternatives to failing capitalism.
- Secure for the workers by hand or by brain the full fruits of their industry and the most equitable distribution thereof that may be possible upon the basis of the common ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange, and the best obtainable system of popular administration and control of each industry or service.
- Demand and continue to fight for the democratisation of politics and the economy, including campaigning for Open Selection for elected representatives at all levels of the Labour Party.
- Support the work of the Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs, trade unions and the wider socialist movement, acting as a conduit for socialist values in local government.
- Mobilise the energy of the multi-generational, multi-racial, class-based movement – brought into the Labour Party by Jeremy Corbyn’s socialist leadership – to effect real political change and achieve socialism in our lifetime.
The group is encouraging all Labour councillors who agree with its aims to sign up to receive more information – and has already written to the Labour councillors who co-signed a public statement of support for Richard Burgon’s campaign to be deputy leader, to invite them to join.
SCGLC is also asking Labour Party members, who know councillors who might be interested, to direct them to the website.
Founder member and Brent Councillor Jumbo Chan said:
A few of us decided to draw from our experience of coming together [to support Richard Burgon’s campaign], and set up a new Socialist Campaign Group of Labour Councillors.
The coronavirus crisis has cast a spotlight on capitalism’s in-built tendency to degrade human dignity to protect profit. We aim to offer socialist solutions to those innate problems.
The group is independent of the Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs, but hopes to work with them and others from the socialist movement.
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