Monday, 6 June 2011

Sussex LRC launch, 7.00pm Tuesday 7 June, Brighton

The original Labour Representation Committee was formed in 1900 to fight for political representation for the Labour Movement. In Britain today we face a similar crisis of representation. The LRC has been re-formed to secure a voice for socialists within the Labour Party, the unions, and Parliament.

Never in the history of the Labour Party has the need been so great to make the case for peace and socialism. The advocates of global capitalism and war have taken control of the political agenda. The task for today’s LRC, founded in 2004, is to fight for power within the Labour Party and trade unions and to appeal to the tens of thousands who have turned away from Labour in disillusion and despair. Therefore we are calling upon all socialists, Labour Party and trade union members, constituency Labour parties and union branches to join our campaign and join or affiliate to the LRC.

The LRC is a democratic organisation committed to fighting for a socialist future:

We need a foreign policy based upon peace, justice and solidarity

Britain is a more unequal society than at any time since the Second World War. The LRC is fighting for a living wage, a decent state pension, council housing and public services run to meet our needs not sold off for private profit

All people are equal. We believe in fighting all forms of prejudice and discrimination

With global capitalism in control of the political agenda, there is an urgent need for a major shift of wealth and power in favour of ordinary people

The LRC was setup to fight for workers’ rights, civil liberties and political representation

With the planet on the brink of environmental catastrophe the ConDem’s answer is more nuclear power and an expansion of aviation. We need a green energy policy based on renewable and the development of public transport

This is an exciting time to join the LRC – we are continuing to grow rapidly as Labour supporters, trade unionists and other socialists look to develop a radical agenda around which the movement can unite in the face ConDem cuts, the like of which we have not seen since the 1930s.

The LRC has local groups, like this one, right across the country, bringing together socialists and trade unionists to fight local campaigns. We invite you to attend on Tuesday 7 June to hear Labour’s socialist alternative to the Tory-led Government and how, together, we can fight its misguided, unfair and unnecessary cuts.

The main speakers at this meeting will be LRC National Chair John McDonnell MP, Katy Clark MP, Christine Shawcroft (Labour Party NEC), a representative from the local FBU and Luke Cooper (LRC, Workers’ Power & Sussex student).

The meeting starts at 7pm on Tuesday 7 June at the Brighthelm Centre Auditorium, North Road, Brighton BN1 1YD. We look forward to seeing you.

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