Great news: I went into the New Walk Museum and spoke to Phil Hackett regarding our ideas for an Everybody’s Reading 2018 event there in October 2018. Continue reading Everybody’s Reading 2018 – human rights
- Date tabled: 30.01.2018
- Primary sponsor: Stephens, Christopher
That this House is deeply concerned about the current situation of the people of Afrin, who have been subjected to Turkish Government aggression; notes that Afrin has been one of the more stable parts of Syria and that it has become a destination for hundreds of refugees from many cities including Aleppo; further notes that its current population has risen from 400,000 before the war to roughly 750,000; believes that the true victims of Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria are refugees, babies, women and children; further notes that Afrin borders Turkey on the north and is surrounded on its other sides by Syrian government forces and rebel forces including Al Qaeda; recognises that Afrin like other parts of Rojava is run democratically and peacefully with an emphasis on religious and ethnic pluralism, restorative justice, and the liberation of women and economic cooperatives; further recognises that YPG, YPJ and SDF forces, backed by the US, have been the most successful groups in defeating Daesh in Syria; is further concerned that the Turkish government’s recent actions are widely judged to have worsened the prospects for peace in Syria and wider Middle East; condemns the use of violence by Turkey’s Army on the people of Afrin and the Kurdish forces in Syria; and calls on the Government, as a matter of urgency to press the importance of respect for fundamental human rights and rule of International law.
One of the most outrageous aspects of Turkey’s aggressive invasion of Kurdish areas in Syria for me is the UK’s complicit regard for its own advantage by supporting Turkey, and totally abandoning the Kurds.
Kurds until very recently were being celebrated for their ability, sacrifice and tenacity in ridding the area of ISIS control, but suddenly they have become the political football that they have always been, and dropped like a hot potato … now that they are not seen as being essential to UK interests. Disgraceful behaviour by the UK Government!
This is absolute betrayal.
For more information see http://supportkurds.org
Challenging immigration policies 5.12.2017
Britain’s Quakers are pledging to challenge immigration policies. The position takes a stand against the scandal of indefinite immigration detention, pledges support for ‘new, peaceful, safer routes of migration’, and opposes the possibility of unjust deportations and forced removals.
24 May 2017 following bombing in Manchester:
As a mark of respect for the victims of the horrific terrorist attack in Manchester on Monday, the Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn suspended the party’s General Election campaigning after consultations with the Prime Minister.
Following further discussions with all the main parties, Labour will resume local campaigning tomorrow (Thursday) followed by a phased return to national campaigning on Friday.
Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, said:
“The British people are united in their resolve that terror will not prevail. It will not prevent us going about our daily lives or derail our democratic process.
“Resuming democratic debate and campaigning is an essential mark of the country’s determination to defend our democracy and the unity that the terrorists have sought to attack.”
19 August 2016: Email received: You should receive your ballot for the Labour leadership election by the end of August, with some of the first ballots arriving next week.
29 August: Email sent: I have not yet received an email ballot. Please will you confirm that I will be sent a vote. The NEC ballot came through without a problem so I know I am properly on your list
30 August: Email received: Thank you for your email. Unfortunately you do not currently hold any status with the Labour Party, and will not be receiving a ballot in the leadership election. […] Thanks for getting in touch. Continue reading Labour Party: Expulsion to Reinstatement in a month
“Application for membership – I already have a number waiting to be reinstated: I have been expelled from the Party on the grounds that I am organising Left Unity in Leicester. I have been advised to re-apply as I have no right of appeal. Continue reading Re-applying for Labour Party membership
The claimants who took the Labour Party to court in order to win their democratic right to vote, are now being forced to pay and extra £30,000 in legal costs to the Labour Party within 28 days, after General Secretary Iain McNicol pushed for the 5 members to pay costs -that’s £5000 each. As I’m sure anyone would agree, £5000 is a lot of money. Please donate as much as you can to help cover the legal costs!
I wanted to write directly to all Labour members and supporters after the publication of the Chilcot Inquiry report on Wednesday when I apologised, on behalf of our party, for the decision to go to war in Iraq.
I made this apology because politicians and political parties can only grow stronger by acknowledging when they get it wrong and facing up to their mistakes. Continue reading From Jeremy Corbyn – Chilcot Inquiry apology