Meeting after Labour Women’s conference with: Cat Smith ( Shadow Minister for voter engagement and Youth affairs) Emma Dent-Coad MP for Kensington, Dawn Butler (Labour Equality spokesperson) Councillor Claudia Webbe (Labour NEC) Liz Davies ( long term Labour activist, Hackney Momentum. Christine Blower ( NUT ), Maria Exall (CWU). Chair; Ruth Hayes (Unite). There will be an opportunity to socialise together afterwards.
Part of The World Transformed.
With: John McDonnell MP // Diane Abbott MP // Rebecca Long-Bailey MP // Richard Burgon MP // Cat Smith MP // Chris Williamson MP // Danielle Tiplady, nurse & NHS campaigner // Roger McKenzie, UNISON Assistant General Secretary // Huda Elmi, Momentum // Mick Whelan, General Secretary, ASLEF // Lara McNeill, Vice-Chair, Labour Students
Chair: Steve Turner, Unite the Union AGS & People’s Assembly Against Austerity.
Hosted by Labour Assembly Against Austerity and Unite the Union
Labour Party Conference fringe event organised by mental health survivors and radical psy professionals. For more than 30 years, we’ve suffered the violent exploitation and extraction of our mental wealth by successive governments pursuing neoliberal policies
Where we are now:
- A dramatic increase in depression, anxiety and other symptoms of psychological distress in response to the emotional pressure of surviving extractive neoliberal capitalism: poverty, public services cuts, inadequate housing, social exclusion, broken communities, isolation, low wages, the destruction of the welfare safety net, precarious and dehumanising working conditions, debt, growing inequalities, loss of creative opportunities, extraction of monetary resources.
- Relentless cuts to NHS and community mental health services – behind a smokescreen of empty concern and broken promises.
- The medicalisation of mental ill health, with emphasis on professional expertise and authority, individual diagnostic labelling and mechanistic treatments via drugs and short-term psychological therapies based on positive thinking, behavioural change and “recovery” – all aimed at fitting people back into the “realities” of a neoliberal status quo.
- The abandonment, psycho-compulsion and cruel abuse of people with severe and enduring mental health difficulties through the withdrawal of supportive services, demonisation as scroungers, benefit cuts and sanctioning, dehumanising fitness to work assessments and the reinvention of workhouse ideology as the cure-all for mental ill health.
What we need from a radical Labour government:
- ALL government policy should be guided by a “social model” of physical, emotional and spiritual health. Neoliberalism and social inequality undermine mental wealth as well as material wealth.
- Investment in decent NHS and community mental health services that respond to people’s individual pain and difficulties. This should include access to a wide range of long and short-term therapies, and a radical move away from one-size-fits-all treatments.
- A fundamental shift towards genuinely user-|ed services and support, based on respect for the way people understand and live with their emotional pain and distress. The support offered should be led by people’s first-hand experience of what they need.
- An end to the “work cure” ideology in public policy. People with severe and enduring mental health difficulties need to be treated with respect and compassion. They need to be provided with the means to support themselves for as long as they need it.
Conference is our opportunity to help shape Labour’s Brexit position – and free movement has been routinely denigrated as a threat to workers’ rights and pay. As internationalists, we need to challenge this false narrative – the real enemy is exploitation, not European workers. Come join the TSSA and LabourList as we rally for free movement at Labour’s Brighton conference. We should defend workers no matter where in Europe they might have been born.
Jewish Voice for Labour is a new group whose mission is “to contribute to making the Labour Party an open, democratic and inclusive party, encouraging all ethnic groups and cultures to join and participate freely”. It has been established in order to counter the witch-hunt in the Labour Party, and to uphold the right of pro-Palestinian activists to campaign for Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) and against Zionism, without fear of being falsely branded as antisemitic.
The public launch, to be held as a fringe meeting at Labour Party conference, is open to everyone who supports the JVL’s Statement of Principles.
Last time Labour Conference was in Brighton, people sat in the aisles, stood in doorways, listened from the corridors and we ran an overspill meeting outside, so that everyone could join in our fringe event – and no one went away unhappy!
This year, make a date now not to miss John McDonnell MP, Laura Pidcock MP, Chris Williamson MP, Claudia Webbe (Labour NEC), Matt Wrack (FBU), Mark Serwotka (PCS), Dave Ward (CWU), Mick Whelan (ASLEF), Ian Hodson (BFAWU), former Labour NEC member and leading anti-purge campaigner Liz Davies from Labour Women Leading, and Sarah Walker (ECP), plus other speakers and activists still to be confirmed, as we discuss how we push forward to a Labour Government leading with the democratic socialist policies which got popular support for Labour’s 2017 manifesto.
The LRC holds its 2017 Labour conference fringe at Brighton’s Friends’ Meeting House, starting 6.30pm on Tuesday 26 September. Our Labour conference fringe is always a cracking event when it visits Brighton. If you haven’t been before, get an idea by viewing film of the main speeches from Brighton in 2015 at https://sussexlrc.com/
See you in Brighton! Refreshments will be available from 6.15pm.
These Walls Must Fall is a community campaign to expose, challenge and bring an end to indefinite immigration detention. This meeting with local trade union and migrant rights activists will launch a Manchester declaration against indefinite detention.
Shadow Immigration Minister, Afzal Khan MP
Unite the Union, NW389 Social Action Branch
Right to Remain
Manchester Migrant Solidarity
Women Asylum Seekers Together