No War on Iran

CND and Stop the War Coalition organised a march on Saturday 11th January 2020 calling for peace in the middle east and #NoWarOnIran!

Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott were among the high profile speakers at the event. We were please to see Dulwich and West Norwood and West Walthamstom Labour Party branches at the demo with banners.

Jeremy’s speech can be viewed here:

Jeremy Corbyn | Don't Attack Iran Demonstration

The only way forward is peace.

Posted by Jeremy Corbyn on Sunday, 12 January 2020

Ruth Brown report from Labour Conference

Ruth Brown gives a green view from Brighton: despite some controversy delegates were able to get popular, radical policies adopted.

On the last full day of Conference, the Chair gave the news to a delighted hall that the Supreme Court had found the Prime Minister’s prorogation unlawful. Jeremy’s speech was brought forward to that afternoon, giving him a perfect opportunity to criticise Boris Johnson’s abuse of power.

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Conference report back

If you live in London, we’d love to see you at our report back meeting in Parliament, Monday 29 October, details below, and hear your assessment of how it went and where we go  next.  An informal meeting, with plenty of time for you to hear what others made of their time in Brighton, and air your own views.

All welcome. Reserve a place via Eventbrite or just turn up on the night. Please arrive early to allow time for any queues at Portcullis House.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/77107208737

Arise Festival of Ideas 2019

Good to have another Labour left gathering this year that emphasises foreign policy and international solidarity. Labour CND’s workshop at Arise 2019, Trump and the Global Nuclear Threat, was chaired by Christine Blower former NUT General Secretary and nowadays the NEU’s International Officer and addressed by Labour CND’s Karen Robinson and journalist Liam Young. Jeremy Corbyn, pictured here, brought the 600 plus audience to its feet when he addressed the closing session.

Help get the date set for Labour Women’s Conference 2020

Concern is growing that no date or timetable for Women’s Conference in 2020 has been announced, despite requests from our elected representatives. The conference plays a vital role in helping Labour develop policies that are importance to women.

Ask your CLP secretary to write to the General Secretary – before the next NEC meeting on 23 July if you can – requesting a date to be set and a timetable published. That’s
Jennie Formby, Labour Party General Secretary
Southside, 105 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QT

Any correspondence could be copied to
Dawn Butler MP, Shadow Cabinet Women & Equalities Spokesperson at dawn.butler.mp@parliament
Ann Henderson, Chair of the National Executive Committee Equalities sub-committee at ahendersonlab@gmail.com
Yasmine Dar, convenor of the NEC Women’s Sub-committee at yasminedar@gmail.com, and
Teresa Clark, Acting Chair of the Women’s Conference Arrangements Committee at teresamaryclark@live.co.uk

Motions for Labour Conference 2019

The rules have changed a bit this year. The restrictive criterion that motions had to be ‘contemporary’ has been relaxed and more motions will be debated. Labour’s 2019 conference will debate 20 motions in all, 10 selected by CLP delegates in a ballot at conference, and 10 chosen by affiliates. It’s still the case that CLPs can submit either a policy motion or a rule change, though the deadline for the latter has now passed.

Guidelines and Deadlines
Contemporary motions on policy must: address one issue, not be longer than 250 words, and not propose a rule change.

Policy motions can be submitted now, up to the deadline of noon on Thursday 12 September. Emergency motions deadline is a week later, Thursday 19 September. If your motion is ruled out of order you can appeal to the Conference Arrangements Committee which will consider appeals on Wednesday 18 September.

Labour CND’s suggested motions are here:

Jim Taggart 1935 to 2019

Scottish CND stalwart Jim Taggart died on 14 June, aged 83, after a short period of ill health. A committed socialist and internationalist, he was a fervent campaigner against nuclear weapons, NATO and war. Jim was an active member of Labour CND over three decades and served as our rep on the Scottish CND Executive Committee for much of that time.

The Taggart family home in Dumbartonshire overlooked Gare Loch, at the heart of Faslane Naval Base where Trident submarines are housed. Unsurprisingly then, Jim was a supporter of the Faslane Peace Camp from its inception in 1982 and of Trident Ploughshares which began blockading in the late 1990s.

Brian Quail, Jim’s colleague described him as ‘a hands-on and hard-working officer of Scottish CND, a well-regarded member of CND’s National Council, an integral part of Helensburgh CND and immensely practical supporter of the Peace Camp’.

A gentle and peaceable man, Jim trained as a botanist in Glasgow University and lectured for a time on plant classification at Trinity College Dublin. After returning to Dunbartonshire, in the 1970s he developed a botanic garden which became internationally known.He will be missed by his many friends in Labour CND and across the peace, anti-war and labour movements.

Jim Taggart’s funeral service takes place Saturday 6 July, 10:30 at 
Craigrownie Parish Church
Cove Burgh Hall, Shore Road,
Cove G84 0LY
followed by burial at Barbour Cemetery and refreshments in Gibson Hall, Garelochhead G84 0AT

My friend Walter Wolfgang’s life was a portrait in moral courage

He always stood up for what he believed in, and he’ll be standing, in spirit, with protesters against Donald Trump.

Jeremy Corbyn, 30th May 2019

CND Vice President and Labour CND Executive Committee member Walter Wolfgang died this week. The link below is Jeremy Corbyn’s tribute to Walter in the Guardian this week.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/30/walter-wolfgang-jeremy-corbyn-donald-trump