Campaign for Socialism

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Campaign for Socialism – Momentum Scotland
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Abbreviation CfS
Formation 1994
Headquarters Glasgow
Secretary
Martyn Cook[1]
Chair
Denise Christie[2]
Vice-Chair
Vince Mills[3]
Website Official website
Formerly called
Campaign for Socialism

Campaign for Socialism (CfS) is an autonomous pressure group of Scottish Labour Party members and supporters who campaign for left-wing policies and candidates within the party.[4] In 2016, CfS agreed to merge with Momentum, a UK-wide grassroots movement supportive of Jeremy Corbyn and his leadership of the Labour Party,[5][6] becoming Campaign for Socialism – Momentum Scotland.[7][8][9]

History[edit]

CfS was originally formed in 1994 to campaign against the removal of Clause IV from the Labour Party's constitution.[10] By 2012, it was one of the only remaining ideological-based groupings in the party — but Gerry Hassan and Eric Shaw, writing that year, claimed that CfS "has few members, little organisational presence and has had a negligible influence on the direction of the party".[11]

CfS played a key role in organising Neil Findlay and Katy Clark's leadership bid in the Scottish Labour Party leadership election, 2014. Though unsuccessful, CfS claims the campaign "built the foundations for Jeremy [Corbyn]’s campaign just a few months later" by "giving many new, young volunteers experience and a network of contacts across the country that would help quickly mobilise an effective campaign".[12]

In 2016, Scottish Labour Young Socialists — founded in 2015[13] — became CfS's official youth wing.[14]

In 2017, five CfS members won seats on the Scottish Labour Party's national executive.[1] They called for Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale to pursue a socialist agenda and work closer with Jeremy Corbyn's team.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Labour Party leaps to the left in Scotland". Morning Star. 4 February 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Campaign for Socialism – Momentum Scotland statement on Scottish Labour autonomy plans". 22 September 2016. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  3. ^ Nutt, Kathleen (22 September 2016). "Corbyn allies set to block Kezia Dugdale's plans for autonomy for Scottish Labour". The National. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "News from the Scottish Labour Campaign for Socialism (CfS)". 7 February 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  5. ^ Norman Smith (24 October 2015). "What is Momentum, and why is it worrying Labour MPs?". BBC News. 
  6. ^ Stone, Jon (8 October 2015). "Jeremy Corbyn's leadership campaign sets up new local activist network called 'Momentum'". The Independent. Archived from the original on 11 October 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Left wins Labour's Scottish Executive Committee elections". Left Futures. 6 February 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  8. ^ "Scottish Labour fails to move left". 8 January 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  9. ^ Whitaker, Andrew (12 February 2017). "Scottish alliance for Labour in amicable split". Sunday Herald. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  10. ^ "Scottish Labour Left attacks London interference in Falkirk Selection Process". 4 July 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  11. ^ Hassan, Gerry; Shaw, Eric (2012). The Strange Death of Labour Scotland. Edinburgh University Press. p. 259. ISBN 9780748655571. 
  12. ^ "How the contest was won". Scottish Left Review. November 2015. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  13. ^ ""Something Different, Something Subversive".". 13 August 2015. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  14. ^ "Campaign for Socialism AGM discusses way forward". Workers' Liberty. 18 February 2016. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  15. ^ Hutcheon, Paul (5 March 2017). "Dugdale loyalists lost out in Labour internal elections over bungled campaign approach". Sunday Herald. Retrieved 6 March 2017.