Events

LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE 2021

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 6pm: Conference fringe meeting in the Mercure Hotel, 149 Kings Road, Brighton BN1 2PP (about 7 mins walk from Brighton Centre).  We are livestreaming this on our Facebook page and can register for the Zoom event here. Speakers include: Low Key (rapper and pro-Palestine campaigner), Graham Bash (Jewish Voice for Labour and Labour Representation Committee pc), Esther Giles (Labour in Exile Network), Rob Sewell, editor of Socialist Appeal, Jackie Walker (Labour Against the Witchhunt).

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 29: Leader’s speech
Protest: We are showing Keir Starmer the RED CARD, literally! Assemble outside Brighton Centre at 11am (or come along at 9am if you can help us leafleting/hand out red cards to delegates)
– Then join us at the Rialto Theatre from 12noon, where comrades will be watching the speech together and then discuss the way forward for the left. 

SUNDAY 26 – TUESDAY 28 SEPTEMBER: During the conference, a number of left-wing groups, including three of the groups Labour has banned, will hold a series of events at the Rialto Theatre in Brighton, on themes including free speech and the purge in the Labour Party. Click here for more info.

Week of action against bans and proscriptions

Local protests in our week of action September 20-24:  Labour members and activists put on protests in London, Bristol, Cambridge, Liverpool and Kent 

SEPTEMBER DAYS OF ACTION – A GUIDE

This is a guide for those wanting to protest against the banning of left groups and members being expelled on Defend The Left’s September days of action, Monday 20 and Tuesday 21.

1 Put out a call to anyone in your area you think might be interested in taking part in a protest against the ban on left wing groups in the Labour Party.

2 Between Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 September choose the day that works best for you and your comrades, and agree a time, too.

3 Choose a location for your protest that works best for you and your comrades. Might be your local Labour Party office, a Labour Party Regional Office or the office of an unsympathetic Labour MP. If all else fails, then choose some public spot, maybe with a sign to identify where in the country you are.

Email info@defendtheleft.co.uk when you have fixed a date and time as we may be able to put others in the locality in touch with you.

4 Produce some protest materials — placards, banners, or just some plain bits of cardboard — with simple, short slogans like …

NO TO BANS! DEFEND THE LEFT!
STOP THE PURGE!
HANDS OFF KEN LOACH!

Or whatever you think.

You might also want to buy a life-size cardboard cutout of Keir Starmer online, for example here

5 Contact as many people as possible to your chosen location at the fixed time and date. The more the better — but doesn’t matter if there’s only three of you. Email us the details of your protest so we can also help to spread the word. 

6 Take photos of your protest. If there’s a lot of you, try chanting one of your slogans and video it, too. But whatever you do, get some good still photos. We will be spreading these far and wide.

7 Send your three best photos to Norman Thomas on norm6344@gmail.com. If you do a video, put it on YouTube and send the link to Norman in same email.

8 If you can come to Brighton for Saturday 25 September bring your protest materials with our mass protest at 12 noon. Details of where to meet will be provided nearer the time on the Defend The Left website.