Welcome to the compassionate Left.
Below is a selection of useful web links that will take you to groups and organisations that support the ‘social project’ that is Labour in the 21st Century.
(All links are available in the public domain. Their listing here, and their membership, offers no endorsement or implied ranking, although their inclusion is a signifier of their wider commitment to the movement. Nor is the list meant to be exhaustive. They are, however, all champions of diversity and inclusion for labour manifest).
‘Momentum exists to build on the energy and enthusiasm from the Jeremy Corbyn for Labour Leader campaign to increase participatory democracy, solidarity, and grassroots power and help Labour become the transformative governing party of the 21st century’.
‘At SERA, we believe that tackling environmental problems is key to delivering opportunity and fairness. From climate change to community energy, waste to transport, SERA is interested in the most important environmental and social challenges facing Britain – challenges that only a Labour Government can tackle’. See more here.
‘Young Labour is the youth wing of the Labour Party and home for progressive young people. All members of the Labour Party between 14-26 are members of Young Labour. Being part of Young Labour is a great way to get involved in politics and meet like minded people who share your values’. See more here.
‘BAME Labour seeks to empower ethnic minority members within the Labour Party and campaigns for greater representation of ethnic minority communities in public life. Through encouraging increased participation in the political process BAME Labour empowers its members to campaign for a fairer, more equal and democratic society’. See more here…
‘Regular campaigns, such as a our recent focus on economics, aim to mobilise those on the Left to engage in key issues in our nation. We hope CotL can champion causes of social justice which enable people young and old, from whatever background – to act and make a difference, both as a national movement and in local branches’. See more here…
‘Congolese for Labour is fighting to raise awareness of neglect from the international community. Genocide, crimes against humanity, rapes of women and girls as a weapon of war, war crimes, looting and plundering of Congo’s mineral resources are still occurring in Congo. We need people to join us, to join our campaign’…see more here.
‘Our aims include to participate and contribute to the Labour Party through affiliation, identify and break down the disabling barriers within society and build links between the Labour Party and the disabled people’s movement’…see more here.
‘The Fabian Society is Britain’s oldest political think tank. Founded in 1884, the Society is at the forefront of developing political ideas and public policy on the left’…see more here.
‘LAWS works closely with colleagues in the European Parliament, Welsh Assembly and Scottish Parliament. LAWS campaigns on many other issues, including live animal transport, factory farming, vivisection and the protection of marine mammals. LAWS is governed by a National Executive which is elected by the membership’…see more here.
‘The Labour Finance and Industry Group is the prime network and policy forum for progressives working in or interested in finance, enterprise and industry in the UK‘. See more here.
‘Democracy in Iraq is fledgling and fragile and requires nurturing by a vibrant civil society as well as external political, cultural and commercial assistance’. See more here.
‘Labour Friends of Israel promotes a negotiated two state solution for two peoples; with Israel safe, secure and recognised within its borders; living alongside a democratic, independent Palestinian state. We seek to strengthen relations between Britain and Israel and are proud to promote a vision of coexistence founded on peace and liberal democracy’…see more here.
‘Labour Friends of Italy is an organisation of Labour members and supportes which aims to:
* Promote Labour values and policies within the Italian community in the UK.
* Encourage the involvement of Italians within the Labour party.
* Create opportunity for a better understanding of Italian politics’. See more here.
‘Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East (LFPME) is a voluntary group within the Labour movement that campaigns for peace and justice in the Middle East through the implementation of international law and respect for human rights.
Achieving justice for the Palestinians remains one of the most pressing international issues of our time. LFPME supports a viable two state solution that delivers justice and freedom for the Palestinian people as called for by the overwhelming international consensus and enshrined under international law and in UN resolutions’. See more here.
‘Labour Friends of Poland is a membership organisation open to all Labour Party members and supporters. Our main aim is to encourage the Polish community in the UK to be actively involved with the Labour Party. We see it as a two-way process where the Labour Party reaches out to the Polish communities and listens to their concerns‘. See more here.
‘The Labour Housing Group is a socialist society affiliated to the Labour Party. It was formed in 1981 by housing activists within the Party and has had a strong influence on the development of the Labour Party’s housing policies, first in opposition, then in Government. It now faces the challenge of helping Labour to expose the failure of the Coalition govenment on housing in the run up to the 2015 General Election and in supporting a Labour government implement and review it’s housing policy’. See more here.
‘The LPIS website is currently under construction. More to come in the next few days’…see more.
‘The National Organisation of Labour Students was founded in 1971 and became Labour Students in 1992. Our history is one that we are proud of. Since our founding, Labour Students has worked prominently both within the wider Labour movement and in the student movement’. See more here.
‘Labour Women’s Network exists to secure the election of more Labour women to public office at every level and to support Labour women to play a full part in the Party.
Labour Women’s Network was founded in 1988 by four Labour women: Barbara Follett, Barbara Roche, Hilary De Lyon and Jean Black. They wanted to change the Labour Party and get more women into Parliament as Labour MPs.
LWN played a key role in the campaign for positive action to get more women selected as Labour candidates in winnable seats’. See more here.
‘LGBT Labour – The Labour Campaign for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* Rights is a socialist society affiliated to the Labour Party. Members include trade unionists and members of the Labour Party’. See more here.
Scientists for Labour, the Labour science and technology network.
We believe that science and technology offer the potential to unlock a better future for everyone and seek to engage with politicians, party members and scientists to promote evidence-based policies that foster innovation and discovery in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. See more here.
‘The Socialist Health Association is a campaigning membership organisation. We promote health and well-being and the eradication of inequalities through the application of socialist principles to society and government. We believe that these objectives can best be achieved through collective rather than individual action’. See more here.
‘The Society is the pre-eminent professional association for lawyers on the left of politics and supports the Labour Party in developing legal policy and advising on legal proposals. We provide a forum for our members to discuss, debate and campaign on current political and legal issues and a meeting point for like minded lawyers from a wide variety of backgrounds and practice areas’…see more here.
This simple listing illustrates well how broad a church the Party is. But being a a ‘church of coalition’ does not have to mean a ‘church of dissension’.
‘Let us be a force for change in the world! ‘ Jeremy Corbyn, September 2015 – the irony echoes long and loud post-Brexit…