republished from Labour Briefing
Chis Williamson MP explains how to fight smears and insults
Efforts by opponents of common sense socialism to prevent a meeting in Sheffield about why we need an anti-war government were frustrated when Sheffield Labour Left stepped into the breach.
The meeting was originally going to be hosted by Sheffield Labour Students. But after a hateful smear campaign by my opponents, which included smearing me with false accusation of antisemitism, the students voted to pull the meeting.
However, the haters didn’t bargain for the strength of solidarity in Sheffield, and an alternative venue was found at short notice. A successful meeting took place, which was addressed by myself and Steven Bell from Stop the War.
We all need to remember that as we get closer to a general election the smears, insults and intimidation will only increase. But this episode perfectly illustrates the importance of the old labour movement maxim that unity is strength. If we stand together we shall overcome.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Because of “anonymous threats” our previous venue has cancelled our booking. But we are pleased to say that the meeting is now co-sponsored by Sheffield TUC and has been moved to Sheffield Trades and Labour Club, 200 Duke Street, Sheffield S2 5QQ.
This meeting was initially to be hosted by Sheffield Labour Students, but they cancelled it after the Jewish Society on Sheffield Uni campus complained about Chris Williamson MP.
Sheffield Labour Left believes it is very important to hold debates like this, without fear of censorship. We are in full solidarity with Chris Williamson MP, one of the MPs who stands up for Corbyn’s policies. We therefore decided to host this meeting at short notice instead.
The other speaker is Stephen Bell from the Stop the War Coalition. The meeting will be chaired by Sheffield Labour Left convenor Lee Rock.
Thursday, November 8 2018, 7.30pm, 200 Duke Street, Sheffield Trades and Labour Club, Sheffield S2 5QQ.
- Click here to read our petition to Sheffield Labour Students
- Click here for more info on the cancellation
- Click here to read a statement issued by the Stop the War Coalition, criticising the decision to cancel the event.