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Labour Left 4 Socialism to launch manifesto

Parliamentary reporter @TrinderMatt

LABOUR Left 4 Socialism will launch its manifesto on Saturday with demands for climate justice, international solidarity, workers’ and democratic rights, improved public services and action on racism.

The new campaign group’s virtual event is also set to hear calls for delegates at next weekend’s Labour Party conference to reject David Evans as the party’s general secretary.

Mr Evans, a key ally of Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, has been accused of spearheading a purge of socialists from the party.

The group released a founding statement last month, signed by a range of left organisations including the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), the Labour Representation Committee, Jewish Voice for Labour, Labour Black Socialists and Labour Women Leading.

Speakers at Saturday’s launch will include FBU general secretary Matt Wrack, Labour Black Socialists’ Ekua Bayunu and Labour for a Green New Deal’s Chris Saltmarsh.

Labour MP Barry Gardiner will also discuss his campaign to outlaw fire-and-rehire attacks on workers, with his private member’s Bill to ban the tactic due to be debated by MPs next month.

At the event, chaired in a personal capacity by Unite assistant general secretary Howard Beckett, the group is also expected to unveil plans for a standing committee to help organise its campaigns for a left fightback.

Mr Beckett said: “This is the start of something for the whole of our movement.

“The right have got away with a full-scale assault on the left of the party, to rid it of socialism, to become a party of the Establishment, because the left has not been united.

“Now we are putting down a marker that we are united and we are not going anywhere.”

To register for the launch, which takes place via Zoom webinar from 11am Saturday, visit: bit.ly/LabourLeftLaunch.

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