Anybody wishing to support Keir Starmer in continuing with the radical policy programme outlined within the Labour Party’s manifestos of 2017 and 2019 will be interested in the work of three groups, two of which are national, one is local. During the leadership campaign Keir Starmer outlined,”My promise to you is that I will maintain our radical values and work tirelessly to get Labour into power – so that we can advance the interests of the people our party was created to serve“. See Keir Starmer’s pledges at the end of this article which he describes as being, “Based on the moral case for socialism“.

These groups are all working towards the election of Labour socialists who support the radical policy programme :

The Northern England Labour Left (NELL)

The Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs

The Socialist Campaign Group of Labour Councillors

Northern England Labour Left

Northern England Labour Left covers 33 Constituencies in the 6 northern regions of North Cumbria (Penrith & The Border, Workington, Copeland and Carlisle), Durham, Northumberland, North Of Tyne, South Of Tyne and Tees Valley. Membership is open only to members of the Labour Party.

NELL had its inaugural AGM and conference in September 2020 with speakers including MPs Jeremy Corbyn, Clive Lewis, John McDonnell and Emma Lewell-Buck, Jamie Driscoll (North of Tyne Mayor), Catherine Donovan (Deputy Leader of Gateshead Council), Gemma Bolton (Chair of Campaign for Labour Party Democracy) and ex SW Durham MP Laura Pidcock.

The political priorities of Northern England Labour Left are:

  • Trade Union recognition in all workplaces and the repeal of anti-Trade Union legislation
  • To actively campaign for the Green New Deal in the fight against climate change nationally and internationally
  • Public ownership and investment in our UK transport, energy, communications infrastructure and water systems and especially in the NHS & Social Care
  • Reform of Labour Party complaints and disciplinary procedures so that they are fit for purpose. Full implementation of the Chakrabarti report and an effective means of addressing complaints related to abuse of procedures and rules
  • Oppose austerity and cuts to council spending and eliminate poverty, zero hour contracts and bogus self-employment
  • Oppose all forms of racism including antisemitism, all other forms of discrimination and the growth of the far right
  • Ethical international policies based on justice and peace which by definition includes support for the Palestinians
  • Democratisation of Labour Party electoral processes including Open Selection of MPs, Elected Mayors, Councillors, NEC and elected Party Officers, as well as commitment to fully transparent and accountable governance procedures
  • Support the adoption and implementation of Socialist policies by building on and developing the ideas underlying the 2017 and 2019 Labour Party General Election Manifestos

The Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs

The Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs has campaigned for socialist economic policies, against imperialist military interventions, for equality and against all discrimination, for a socialist Clause IV in support of public ownership and for solutions to the failings of capitalism, for protection of the environment and for greater Party democracy, including Open Selection.

The Campaign Group believes that there should be certain rights which must be won and maintained:

  • The right to life, free from fear, oppression, ignorance, preventable ill-health or poverty.
  • The right to useful and satisfying work, balanced with leisure, to meet the needs of society.
  • The right of everyone to receive an income sufficient to maintain a decent standard of living.
  • The right to a good home for all in which to live, bring up children and care for all dependents.
  • The right to receive the best possible medical care, free, and at the moment of need.
  • The right of access, throughout life, to the full range of human knowledge, through education at school, in college and afterwards.
  • The right to mass media which provides accurate news, free from bias or distortion, and a diversity of views.”

34 current members are listed on the Campaign Group’s Twitter account as:

Diane Abbott MP, Paula Barker MP, Apsana Begum MP, Olivia Blake MP, Richard Burgon MP, Ian Byrne MP, Dan Carden MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Marsha de Cordova MP, Mary Foy MP, Rachel Hopkins MP, Imran Hussain MP, Kim Johnson MP, Ian Lavery MP, Clive Lewis MP, Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Rachael Maskell MP, Andy McDonald MP, John McDonnell MP, Ian Mearns MP, Nav Mishra MP, Grahame Morris MP, Charlotte Nichols MP, Kate Osamor MP, Kate Osborne MP, Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP, Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP, Zarah Sultana MP, Sam Tarry MP, Jon Trickett MP, Claudia Webbe MP, Mick Whitley MP, Nadia Whittome MP, Beth Winter MP

The Socialist Campaign Group of Labour Councillors

The Socialist Campaign Group of Labour Councillors aims to:

  • Build on our proud socialist traditions in local government, whilst organising and agitating for new alternatives to failing capitalism.
  • Secure for the workers by hand or by brain the full fruits of their industry and the most equitable distribution thereof that may be possible upon the basis of the common ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange, and the best obtainable system of popular administration and control of each industry or service.
  • Demand and continue to fight for the democratisation of politics and the economy, including campaigning for Open Selection for elected representatives at all levels of the Labour Party.
  • Support the work of the Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs, trade unions and the wider socialist movement, acting as a conduit for socialist values in local government.
  • Mobilise the energy of the multi-generational, multi-racial, class-based movement – brought into the Labour Party by Jeremy Corbyn’s socialist leadership – to effect real political change and achieve socialism in our lifetime.



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