Left Unity Leeds is part of a national initiative for a new left wing party. The call for unity was initiated to provide a much needed left of Labour opinion to counter-act some of the right wing flooding of popular opinions and news sources. The Leeds group was formed recently following an initial planning meeting and a showing of Ken Loach’s film ‘the Spirit of 45’ at the Hyde Park Picture House. Since then, meetings have taken place and the purpose of the group is clear. It is necessary to unite people from all left wing perspectives in fighting and taking positive action to stop austerity and reverse the horrific harm caused by the Coalitions austerity project.
The following article is taken from the national website where many more news articles, updates and information about some of the other 90+ local groups set up in just a few weeks as a part of the response of over 8000 signatories demanding a new party of the left.
“Europe is plunging deeper and deeper into crisis. Its governments are continuing with their failed austerity policies which are destroying the social and economic gains working people have made over many decades.
The economic crisis has increasingly become a social and political crisis as people face poverty, hunger and even death, as a result of the catastrophic and government-imposed failure of health systems and social services.
However the people of Europe are fighting back. On November 14th millions took to the streets to oppose these policies and throughout southern Europe there were general strikes. The task of the hour is to give adequate political expression to this new movement. In Greece, France, Germany and elsewhere, new political formations have emerged, drawing together a range of left forces, challenging the capitulation of social democracy to neo-liberalism. Here in Britain, a successful response to the rightwards move of Labour has not yet taken place, yet we have equal need of a new political formation which rejects austerity and war, advocates a greater democratisation of our society and institutions, and poses a new way of organising everyday life.
The need for cooperation amongst those forces which seek to bring change to our society is vital, to enable us to overcome the obstacles of the first-past-the-post electoral system. The need for unity is paramount as attacks on the living and working conditions of ordinary people intensify, and the very fabric of our welfare state is being destroyed. We need to open a dialogue of the left, as a matter of urgency, to ensure that we do not remain outside of these developments.
A coalition for change is necessary. We call on all those willing to tread this path to support this Appeal, so that this essential discussion can begin.
The task is urgent and the time short.
Kate Hudson and Andrew Burgin”