Socialist Worker

Political fund

by Somaye Zadeh
Issue No. 1873

A UNION national executive committee (NEC) has started a campaign over its affiliation to the Labour Party.

The Bectu broadcasting workers' union passed a resolution at this year's conference calling for a ballot of members on whether the union remains affiliated to the Labour Party.

It also called for the political fund to be opened up to support other individuals and organisations.

However, the NEC has dismissed any alternatives to Labour outright and is urging members to keep the link with Labour so we can influence them. But lots of members have been turning up to meetings they organise only to have a go at both them and the Labour Party.

It is the issue of the war with Iraq that has galvanised this debate. How can we influence a party that refuses to debate the war on Iraq at its conference, suspends George Galloway for opposing the war and gives a standing ovation to Tony Blair?

Although a vote for complete disaffiliation from Labour is far from ideal and a simple ballot on opening up the political fund would have been preferable, it is only by voting for disaffiliation that we will get the opportunity to support other individuals and parties.

If the choice is between being affiliated to the warmongering Labour Party or not, Bectu members should vote for disaffiliation.

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Sat 18 Oct 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1873
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