This is taken from a published leaflet. I apologise for not having the technical skills to reproduce the full original. Harry Barnes.
In Northern Ireland We want the right to vote Labour.
Stop giving the Tories/DUP a free run!
The Labour Party in Northern Ireland (LPNI) has over 3000 members and registered supporters. Many of these joined in the last two years, inspired by the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn and his policies ‘for the many, not the few.’ We are organised in one CLP which meets regularly and sends delegates to conference. There are also vibrant ‘branches’ meeting all over the region, reflecting the tremendous diversity of our grassroots membership.
3000 members and supporters, zero candidates!
However, Labour’s leadership still refuses us the right to stand candidates. We are denied the right to vote for Labour Party candidates in any elections: local councils, Westminster Parliament, European or Stormont Assembly.
As a result the DUP, which is keeping the Tories in power, is given a free run by Labour.
Labour are the official opposition and the only party that can remove the Tories from government. If Labour does not stand in Northern Ireland it is seeking to govern it without representing it. This is a gross suppression of our basic democratic rights and disenfranchises Northern Ireland voters.
It means we are forced by Labour to vote for local ethno-sectarian parties, such as the DUP and Sinn Fein, in the absence of the Labour Party. Sectarianism is exacerbated and the Tories are in power.
Labour in, sectarianism out!
People in Northern Ireland are also denied many other rights:
The 1967 Abortion Act still does not apply to Northern Ireland. Abortion is highly restricted. As a result of Stella Creasy MP’s welcome initiative, Northern Ireland women can now access free abortions in GB. But what about those many women who, for one reason or another, can’t travel?
Northern Ireland is the only part of Britain and Ireland that does not have Equal Marriage.
We are fully committed to gender justice, reproductive justice and social justice. However, without Labour candidates we cannot build electoral campaigns around our equality and anti-austerity agendas.
Join us at our Fringe Event:
Northern Ireland: the Right to Stand
Tuesday September 26th, 2017. 5.45-7.45pm
Lowy Suite Brighton Hotel 143-5 King’s Road. Chair: Joan Martin Speakers: Roberta Blackman-Woods MP Bridie McCreesh Unite Mary Sheen LPNI Damien Harris LPNI Boyd Black LPNI
Published by: LPNI. 19 Church Road, Belfast BT8 7AL. email@example.com
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
CHESTERFIELD TSUMEB ASSOCIATION
is an organisation which has friendship and support links with the town of Tsumeb in Namibia in Southern Africa
ON SATURDAY 16th SEPTEMBER
the upstairs function room
Chesterfield Labour Club
113 Saltergate, Chesterfield S41 1MF
starting at 7:30pm
Will be giving a talk about his recent visit to Namibia
Richard is a Labour Councillor in the Manchester area
He also supports the Manchester Diocese
Church Action for Namibia
This organisation supported Namibia in its struggle to gain independence from South Africa
All are welcome
Parking available Chairlift available
Sunday, August 20, 2017
TOPIC : ACHIEVING A LIVING WAGE FOR ALL
SPEAKER : BEX BAILEY
TIME : 8pm to 9.15pm
DATE : SUNDAY, 10th SEPTEMBER
VENUE : CONTACT CLUB, SNAPE HILL LANE, DRONFIELD S18 2GT
Bex Bailey has been a Labour and trade union activist for 10 years. From Nottinghamshire, she has campaigned across Yorkshire and the East Midlands. She spent three years on the party's National Executive Committee, representing Young Labour and currently sits on the committee of the Labour Women's Network. She has led national campaigns on homelessness and the living wage and is a manager in a women's charity, where she campaigns against low pay and insecure work and for workers' rights.
She will be discussing the Tories’ failure on low pay, the importance of a Living Wage and what we can do to prevent people falling into poverty. Click here for her web-site.