On Monday evening, Labour was set to abstain on the Tory Immigration Bill. At the last minute, under huge pressure from members and activists, it decided to vote against, though it didn't even whip all of its MPs to be there.
Jeremy Corbyn has a track record of fighting for the rights of migrants, and that is why so many have supported him. Yet, the Labour party combines pro-migrant rhetoric with deference to anti-immigration sentiment in terms of policy: supporting the end of free movement between Britain and the rest of Europe, and 'no recourse to public funds' for migrants.
We are calling this emergency meeting for Labour and labour movement activists to discuss what is happening in the party, and to organise for a radical change of direction.
Where the party already has positive policies, such as scrapping the net migration target and guaranteeing the right to family reunion, we call for further development and the launching of serious campaigns. Beyond that, we call for clear, strong pro-migrant policies to break up the 'hostile environment'.
We are opposed to ‘Fortress Europe’ and to ‘Fortress Britain’. We want to lower borders, not raise them.
See you tomorrow (Monday) at 7pm, New Cross Learning, 283 - 285 New Cross Rd, SE14 6AS.
Nadia, Another Europe