London conference

The London conference took place on Saturday 2nd March 2024, and was attended by over 200 people. The agenda is below with reports here from: Jewish Voice for Labour, Morning Star, Counterfire, and Socialist Worker.

Contributions from:

Salma Yaqoob Andrew Murray Lindsey German

Session one: 10.30-12.30:

Welcome: Andrew Burgin introducing Hana Safiya, reading a poem for the children of Palestine

Why we are independents: our breaking points

Chairs: Cllr Russell Whiting and Cllr Dr Hosnieh Djafari-Marbini

Gaza – no Ceasefire, No Vote: Labour’s policy – immoral and illegal

Cuts and the neoliberal agenda – we won’t destroy local services, we won’t impose minimum service levels

Party democracy and accountability – an end to the silencing

Racism and Islamophobia – where’s the action on the Forde Report?

Abandoning climate commitments

With: Cllr Sophie Wilson from Sheffield, Cllr Mary Mason from Haringey, Cllr Jo Lawson from Kirklees, and Solma Ahmed, former Momentum National Committee and former Labour Women’s Committee, Paul Barnett from Hastings Independents

LUNCH 12.30 – 1.30 including:

Session two: 1.30-3.15

Organising to win our campaigns

Chairs: Cllr Zoe Goodman and Cllr Afrasiab Anwar

How to construct a campaign and build local alliances – Cllr Alan Gibbons

Lessons from our experiences including Salma Yaqoob (former chair of Respect); building a mass base: the experience of the Corbyn movement – Andrew Murray; Liverpool 47 surcharged Councillor – Felicity Dowling.

Recent wins: Cllr Sophia Naqvi in Newham

TEA 3.15 – 3.45

Session three: 3.45 – 5.15

Our next steps – making common cause

Chairs: Cllr Lotte Collett and Cllr Mehmood Mirza

A message from Ken Loach

A video message from Yanis Varoufakis

Supporting each other as independents – councillors and parliamentary candidates: Cllr Emma Dent Coad, Mayor Jamie Driscoll, Cllr Ammar Anwar

Ideas and experience exchange and support

Joint campaigning – the Gaza movement with Cllr Jabu Nala-Hartley, Claudia Webbe MP, former South African MP Andrew Feinstein, Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi from Jewish Voice for Labour, and Lindsey German (Stop the War)

Round up and farewells: 5.30 to 6pm

Looking towards Blackburn with Cllr Suleman Khonat introduced by Adrian Weir

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