Socialist Campaign for a Labour Victory

Over a hundred people – Labour Party activists, trade unionists, anti-cuts activists, disability campaigners and others – attended the second meeting of the Labour Left Platform convened by John McDonnell at NUT headquarters on the evening of 12 May.

In our report on the first LLP conference we criticised the lack of focused discussion and practical planning. Unfortunately the same thing happened this time. We understand the planned agenda discussing demands and pressure on a Labour government had to be scrapped; but surely a new one could have been put in place? Anyway, this is important for future meetings.

In addition to the general merit of getting people together for discussion and solidarity so soon after the defeat, there were a number of important things raised at the meeting:

1. Labour leadership challenge
McDonnell reported. It seems like it will be very difficult to get the 35 MPs’ nominations necessary…

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