A Constituency Labour Party (CLP) has just passed a motion that the party leadership won’t like. Or, as someone put it, the CLP’s vote is “going to boil some piss”. Let’s hope Keir Starmer’s bladder doesn’t burst when he hears this news.
Peace and justice, Corbyn-style
The Canary reported on the Project for Peace and Justice in December 2020. It’s a global initiative founded by former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. It says its mission statement is:
To bring people together for social and economic justice, peace, and human rights, in Britain and across the world.
The Peace and Justice Project will back campaigns, commission reports and develop progressive networks in Britain and across the world.
[It] will work with labour and social movements and provide platforms to those campaigning for change for the many, not the few.
The project outlined specific areas it will be working in. These include:
- “Corporate power”.
As The Canary said at the time:
If you’re a like-minded individual to Corbyn, what’s not to like?
Clearly nothing. Because now, a CLP has shown its support for it.
‘Boiling piss’ in the Labour Party
On Saturday 27 February, Carmarthen East & Dinefwr CLP passed a motion. Its members voted to affiliate with the Project for Peace and Justice. As the CLP tweeted:
Today our CLP passed a motion to affiliate with Peace & Justice Project @corbyn_project.
Together we will continue the campaign for social & economic justice, peace, and human rights, environmental crisis at home & across the world.
Thank you @karie_murphy for joining our meeting pic.twitter.com/DFMvDgUCcP
— Carmarthen East & Dinefwr Labour Party (@CEandDLabour) February 27, 2021
Some people on Twitter thought this was very good:
— Welsh Labour Grassroots 🌹 (@WLGrassroots) February 27, 2021
Let's hope other CLPs follow. (If they're allowed to) https://t.co/UgDIXVCfbI
— Mr V🌹 #GTTO (@LordMVee) February 28, 2021
And it seems that this CLP may not be the first to do this:
My CLP and Branch have voted to do the same ✊🌹
— Viv #ToriesOut #JoinAUnion💙 🌹🎶🚶♀️📖🤔✒🏃♀️🌹 (@LincsLimpet) February 27, 2021
Also, as another person said:
This is going to boil some piss. Well done 🙂
— ToriesOut (@ToriesOut2) February 27, 2021
Indeed. The Canary has been following the Labour Party’s active clampdown on local democracy. Specifically, the party is targeting CLPs which pass Corbyn-supporting motions. So, a motion supporting the Project for Peace and Justice will ruffle some feathers. But CLPs are well within their rights to do this.
Starmer: more trouble brewing?
As SKWAWKBOX reported, the project has nothing to do with Labour:
but the party’s rules do not prevent individual CLPs voting to affiliate to PPJ [Project for Peace and Justice]. In 2018, right-wing officers of Liverpool Riverside CLP resigned their positions when members voted overwhelmingly to affiliate to left-wing Jewish group Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL), although JVL is not affiliated to Labour. Other CLPs in the area and further afield followed suit.
So, Carmarthen East & Dinefwr CLP may be one of the first to affiliate to the project. But given the current political climate in the Labour Party, many more may follow.
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