Chris Williamson MP: Unity is strength!

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.