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NORTH LONDON communists joined Momentum activists last night to address how communists can work with Labour for a socialist future.
Brent Momentum activist Michael Calderbank joined the North London branch of the Communist Party of Britain (CPB) meeting at the Marx Memorial Library to address whether there was a “danger,” as suggested by blogger Guido Fawkes, in asking others to vote for Labour.
Susan Michie, CPB, opened with her experience of Labour Party activists and trade unionists who recognise the need for the Communist Party for its analysis, building of broad alliances, internationalism and organisational abilities.
She pointed to the need to restore political education for better understanding of the capitalist state’s role, imperialism and that socialism will not be won solely through parliamentary activity.
Only through building on the struggles of trade unions and the many campaigns and movements against austerity, privatisation and war can the forces of reaction be beaten.
Mr Calderbank pointed to a growing broad unity across the labour movement to move on from neoliberalism and how deregulation has led to tragic disasters — the Grenfell Tower fire is just one example. He also pointed to the contradictions within Labour councils, which has led to rows over the controversial housing project HDV in Haringey.
A thought-provoking and friendly discussion followed with overall agreement on future activity, for example to build unity between the trade unions and constituency activists. It was also agreed that co-ordinated efforts would be made to win London local councils for Labour in May.
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