Affiliating to PPJ is an additional option for local Labour parties – and one not prevented by PPJ not being an official Labour organisation
Supporters of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn have welcomed his announcement today of the launch of his new Project for Peace and Justice (PPJ), a venture that has been described as a step on the road to a society in which people come before capital.
But while thousands have already signed up to become individual supporters, many who are still in the Labour party are planning to go a step further – by affiliating their local Labour parties (CLPs) to PPJ.
PPJ is not officially affiliated or linked to the Labour party, but the party’s rules do not prevent individual CLPs voting to affiliate to PPJ. In 2018, right-wing officers of Liverpool Riverside CLP resigned their positions when members voted overwhelmingly to affiliate to left-wing Jewish group Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL), although JVL is not affiliated to Labour. Other CLPs in the area and further afield followed suit.
Affiliating to PPJ would serve both as an opportunity to engage and energise members disgusted by the party’s lurch to the right and treatment of its members, but also serve to send a message to Labour’s leadership which is frantically trying to prevent other forms of member democracy and self-expression, despite legal protections for freedom of speech under human rights laws.
Members in a range of CLPs are already planning to table an affiliation motion at their next CLP meeting. Hundreds of CLPs have already voted in solidarity with Corbyn or expressed no confidence in Keir Starmer and acting general secretary David Evans. Similar numbers could ultimately affiliate to Corbyn’s new Project.
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