Trade unionists and academics from the socialist left met in London, January 28, to discuss the political prospects after Brexit – and after the disastrous 2019 election result
AS many consistently warned, the left’s failure to lead a campaign for leaving the EU has resulted in electoral disaster for the Labour Party, whilst the Conservatives have captured dozens of “Labour heartland” seats. Britain has finally left the European Union, but with Boris Johnson at the helm.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 2020
On Tuesday January 28 a sold-out meeting in central London convened to ask: what next for the British left after its disastrous handling of Brexit?
Can the Labour Party repair its relationship with working-class voters, or are they lost for good? If Labour is to be rebuilt, on what basis? Should “Corbynism” be ditched for “social conservatism”, as some are arguing? Is the future of Labour “blue”? Or is Labour’s implosion an opportunity for the left to build something new and better?
Here the Morning Star presents the contributions from the 5 panellists.
Maurice Glasman, founder of the Blue Labour movement:
Eddie Dempsey, trade-union activist:
Costas Lapavitsas, professor of Economics at SOAS and former member of the Greek parliament:
Philip Cunliffe, senior lecturer in politics at the University of Kent:
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