Shadow Chancellor praises Christians on the Left's pro tax campaign

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell today praised the campaign organised by Christians on the Left to support paying tax.

Mr McDonnell congratulated Christians on the Left and its chair, Jonathan Reynolds MP, for our campaign slogan  :

"It’s a great slogan. Patriots should pay their taxes. Labour are already setting the pace on tackling tax avoidance and tax evasion."

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Jeremy Corbyn says politics can learn from faith

Speaking at the Labour Party's conference church service today, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told worshippers that politics had much to learn from faith groups. "Bringing faith communities together is important," he argued, "and we need to draw political lessons from this.

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'Disagreeing well' conference motion referred to NEC

Christians on the Left has had its Labour Conference motion submitted to the party's National Executive Committee. The motion calls for Labour Party members to 'disagree well' when debating with each other, avoiding personal abuse and prejudice. It also affirms that the party will not tolerate abusive behaviour. The motion, written in consultation with members of other socialist societies affiliated to the Labour Party, calls on NEC to issue guidance to constituency parties on how to conduct meetings and to issue a pledge of good behaviour, which constituency parties and affiliates would be encouraged to sign.

The Labour Party's Constitutional Arrangements Committee ruled the motion was not contemporary, but referred it to the NEC because it dealt with party matters. The motion reads as follows:

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The Trident Debate

Members of Christian CND, Pax Christi, the NCPO (Network of Christian Peace Organisations) and some members of Christians on the Left will join the protest against the renewal of Trident in Parliament Square this evening, displaying church statements on nuclear weapons under the banner of No Faith in Trident.
They are participating in a prayerful vigil, from 6.00 p.m. until the decision and welcome others to join them.
BBC News on the Importance of the Trident Decision:
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Ways to get Involved - Upcoming Events

Ways to get involved, beyond the 2016 leadership election...

Events coming up across the whole UK, including Liverpool, Manchester and Wolverhampton.

 

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Information on Labour Leadership Election

This update from our Secretary, Sam Brown, provides some guidance on the upcoming election rules.

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Socialist Societies condemn xenophobic and racist attacks

Over the last few days there have been continued reports of some deeply disturbing scenes around the country.
Today the Society for Labour Lawyers released a statement condemning the recent xenophobic and racist attacks. Christians on the Left along with other socialist society affiliates of the Labour Party strongly support this statement. 
"The Society of Labour Lawyers condemns the racist and xenophobic attacks which have been reported to have taken place across the United Kingdom. Racially motivated violence has no place in our society. Incitement of racial hatred and racially aggravated assault are criminal offences. We call on our members to stand united and undeterred against such xenophobia and racism and we call on the government to condemn these attacks”.
The Labour Party and the Labour movement has a long history of fighting racism and bigotry and we must continue to fight any prejudice and campaign for a fair, equal and just society.
Jonathan Reynolds MP on behalf of the Executive Committee of Christians on the Left.
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Ecuador Earthquake - Buried in the News?

Despite the bad pun, you may have missed this one. When news is all around us and media constantly available, it seems that it's just as easy as ever to be ignorant. All We Can, the Methodist relief and development partner, is responding to the devastation caused by a massive earthquake off the coast of Ecuador that has already claimed over 600 lives and has left thousands with injuries. 


 

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Labour Victories for Men of Faith - Elections 2016 Roundup

There has been plenty of media coverage of the May 2016 Elections throughout England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Here are some highlights:- there are plenty of links to great stories and videos scattered throughout, so do check them out.


Marvin Rees wins BristolWell, there are certainly some sweet victories to celebrate this week before Labour goes back to some serious self-analysis on what it still needs to work on. In Salford and Liverpool, Labour's Candidates Paul Dennett and Joe Anderson won the Mayoralty with Christians on the Left member Marvin Rees taking a smashing majority in Bristol and Sadiq Khan triumphing in London with a win for "Hope over Fear".

There was much to be proud of as two men who have spoken openly about their Faith found themselves the First Muslim Mayor and First Mayor of African of Carribean Heritage of European Cities:- but why is this such a big news story in 21st Century Britain? 


 

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Tawney 2016 Recordings

What a fascinating evening.

This year we will be hearing from John McDonnell MP, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and Daniel K Finn PhD, University Lecturer and Professor of Theology & Economics.

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