Make your views known

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Each of the eight National Policy Forum commissions are conducting policy consultations. Launched on 4 June, the consultation ends on 30 June. Now’s the time to make your views known.

The International Policy Commission (IPC) covers foreign, international development, and defence policy. Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy attends IPC meetings together with Preet Gill and John Healey, Shadow International Development and Defence Secretaries. Our readers will be intrigued to know that the unpopular and outdated ‘humanitarian military intervention’ of the New Labour era is being mooted again. Read Championing internationalism in the post-coronavirus world, the IPC consultation and respond.

How to take part

Each policy commission has its own page on the Labour Policy Forum website, where you can read submissions, comment and vote to agree or disagree with them, and make your own views known.

Using the drop-down menu, you can access
– a searchable list of NPF reps
– consultation documents
– policy statements by the Labour Party, and
– a postal address for sending submissions for cdes without internet access

You don’t have to be a party member or organisation to take part. Individual members of the public or outside organisations can also read the material and make submissions. Anyone visit the NPF site and view the content To participate though, you must register or log in.

Read Championing internationalism in the post-coronavirus world here
Take a look at Labour’s Policy Forum website here

Remembering Walter Wolfgang

On 29 May, the first anniversary of Walter Wolfgang’s death, Labour CND hosted a commemoration of his life with Jeremy Corbyn and friends. The live zoom meeting was over-subscribed. If you were one of those unlucky few who didnt get access, or if you’re hearing about it for the first time, you can watch the celebration of Walter’s long and active life below.

Resources for lockdown campaiging

Getting used to the new normal for campaigning, or simply getting zoomed out? We know not everyone has time for two or three zoom calls a week, so Labour CND and London CND have joined forces to bring you a series of short video briefings on nuclear disarmament and foreign policy topics.

Every Friday evening at 6pm, London CND uploads a new video. Tonight’s is from CND’s Sara Medi on the NPT process. There are 9 videos in the series so far including:
– A new threat to the Palestinian people
– The new START Treaty
– Arms Exports Controls
– China and Covid19

Check out what’s available here
Visit CND UK to see what else is available

Trident vs NHS

The Tory government’s risk assessment warned that health pandemics were a major threat to Britain’s security, nuclear attack wasn’t. So why are we spending £205 billion on Trident when the NHS is chronically underfunded askes Labour CND Secretary, Ruth Brown in a recent letter to the Financial Times.

Defence diversification: covid crisis points the way

Covid19 has seen some companies in the arms industry turn their hand to socially useful production, which is what defence diversification is all about. In the UK, Airbus, BAE Systems, GKN Aerospace, Rolls Royce and Siemens UK are among the companies participating in Ventilator Challenge UK, the government consortium making ventilators.

In this short video made for Labour CND, Sam Mason of the PCS union explains that the response to this health crisis shows we can end the continuing waste of billions of pounds on the UK’s unnecessary nuclear weapons system. We need to lobby for a firm commitment from the new Labour leadership to set up a Shadow Defence Diversification Agency.

Sam Mason, policy office for PSC, ‘a union proudly opposed to nuclear weapons’

The economy stupid, Mark II

This half hour exchange with Prof Paul Rogers and Kate Hudson is one of the best and most challenging things out there on the UK government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. It takes a look behind the headlines about hard working NHS and other essential workers… and ask why they’re still unprotected, untested and undervalued three months in to the crisis.