New parties of the left: event schedule
Saturday 29 September, 10:30am – 5pm
With Stathis Kouvelakis (Syriza), Kate Hudson (Respect), Adam Hanieh (author and activist), Sandra Demarcq (NPA – France), Andrew Burgin (CoR), Alan Thornett (Socialist Resistance), Michael Voss (Red Green Alliance – Enheidlisten, Denmark), and Phillipe Nadouce (Front de Gauche).
At ULU, Malet Street, London, WC1 – £10 and £5 (students and low waged)
10:30 – 11:00 Registration
11:00 – 12:45: Opening Plenary
Working class political representation today
· Kate Hudson (Respect and author of The New European Left: a socialism for the twenty-first century?);
· Stathis Kouvelakis on the crisis in Greece and the challenges ahead for Syriza;
· Michael Voss, Red-Green Alliance, a broad anti-capitalist party in Denmark with 12 MPs and scoring over 12% in polls.
· Adam Hanieh on independent parties for workers and farmers in developing countries and Arab ones in particular;
· Chair: Susan Pashkoff, Socialist Resistance
12:45 -13:30 Lunch break
13:30 – 14:45: Workshops
1. Greece: Political and social resistance. How and why Syriza? What does the crisis in Greece means for Europe? Speakers: Stathis or Giorgos B (Syriza), Eleni (Greece Solidarity Campaign) and Terry Conway (Socialist Resistance).
2. Britain: How can the left unite? How do we build a new political representation for the working class? How do we challenge New Labour? What role for the unions? Speakers: Liam Mac Uaid (Socialist Resistance), Andrew Burgin (CoR in a personal capacity), chair: Steph Grant.
3. France: What is the Hollande government doing? Where is the resistance coming from? How can the left work together? Sandra Demarcq (NPA) and Phillipe Nadouce (Front de Gauche).
14:45 – 15:00 – Break
15:00 – 16:30 – Closing Plenary
What sort of left parties for the 21st century
· Alan Thornett, Socialist Resistance;
· Alex Kenny, NUT Executive (in a personal capacity)
· Chair: Fred Leplat