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New Radical Political Party of the Left Founded in London

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Ken Loach, whose appeal for a new radical political party of the Left led to the the founding of Left Unity votes on a proposed amendment to the constitution at its founding conference.
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Ken Loach, whose appeal to discuss the formation of a new political party of the Left led to the formation of Left Unity, proposes an amendment during the founding conference.
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Ken Loach, whose appeal for a new radical political party of the Left led to the the founding of Left Unity holds his vote card listening to a proposed amendment to the constitution at its founding conference.
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Ruth Cashman objects from the floor to a proposal by the chair at the founding conference of Left Unity, a new radical political party of the left.
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Ruth Cashman puts a procedural motion to the founding conference of Left Unity, a new radical political party of the left.
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Ally MacGregor speaking at the founding conference of Left Unity, a new radical political party of the left.
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Pete Green speaking at the founding conference of Left Unity, a new radical political party of the left.
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A fairly unanimous vote for a motion at the founding conference of Left Unity, a new radical political party of the left.
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Ken Loach, whose appeal to discuss the formation of a new political party of the Left led to the formation of Left Unity, proposes an amendment during the founding conference.
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Men wearing Wigan Diggers t-shirts, commemorating the movement led by Gerard Winstanley (1609-76) at the founding conference of Left Unity, a new a New Radical Political Party of the Left.
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Nick Wrack speaking at the founding conference of Left Unity, a new radical political party of the left.
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Steve Freeman of Republican Socialist Alliance in an 'Another Scotland is Possible' Radical Independence t-shirt at the founding conference of Left Unity, a new radical political party of the left.
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Peter Green speaking at the founding conference of Left Unity, a new radical political party of the left.
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Andrew Burgin and Kate Hudson listening at the founding conference of Left Unity, a new radical political party of the left.
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Naomi Wimborne-Idriss supporting an amendment at the founding conference of Left Unity, a new radical political party of the left.
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A woman with a green necklace speaking at the founding conference of Left Unity, a new radical political party of the left.
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Richard Reiser speaking at the founding conference of Left Unity, a new radical political party of the left.
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People at the founding conference of Left Unity, a new radical political party of the left, hold up their voting cards on an amendment to the proposed constitution.
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A ballot was held at the founding conference of Left Unity, a new a new radical political party of the left to chose between four suggested names for the new party. Left Unity was a clear winner.
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Members at the founding conference of Left Unity, a new radical political part of the left, find the various amendments by branches to the proposed constitution difficult to sort out.
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Andrew Burgin proposes some amandments to the constitution at the founding conference of Left Unity, a new radical political party of the left.
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Ken Loach, whose appeal to discuss the formation of a new political party of the Left led to the formation of Left Unity, sits in the body of the hall listening to speeches.
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Ken Loach, whose appeal for a new radical political party of the Left led to the the founding of Left Unity holds up his vote on a proposed amendment to the constitution to be counted by the tellers at its founding conference.
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A man reads a newspaper with headline 'Left Unity's contradictory aspirations' while a vote is being taken at the founding conference of Left Unity, a new radical political party of the Left.
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Wheelchair users at one side of the front of the founding conference of Left Unity, a new radical political party of the left.
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  • New Radical Political Party of the Left Founded in London
  • New Radical Political Party of the Left Founded in London
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  • New Radical Political Party of the Left Founded in London
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  • New Radical Political Party of the Left Founded in London
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People came from across the United Kingdom for the founding conference of Left Unity, a new radical left party brought together by an appeal by Ken Loach to defend the welfare state and present an economic alternative to austerity.

Around 500 people attended the founding conference at a hotel in Bloomsbury, London, spending the day discussing and voting on the proposed aims and constitution of the new party.

There were many differing views and a great many votes on them, with some constitutional tangles that both the chair and the members attending found confusing, but which were eventually resolved. While there was unanimity on many major issues, a number of votes were hotly contested, and counting the votes from the cards held up gave the tellers plenty of work during the sessions.

There was also a secret ballot over the exact name of the new party, and although there was strong support for some alternatives, 'Left Unity' emerged as the winner.

This was a meeting to found the party, and to set up a basis on which to develop, and unlike other party conferences there were no long conferences speeches, with everyone keeping to the business of the day, speaking for or against the various constitutional proposals and amendments. I think the longest speech allowed was five minutes, and that had to deal with a number of complex matters, and most speakers were limited to two minutes.

Despite the at times tedious nature of the proceedings and voting, spirits seemed to be high, with considerable optimism about the future for the party. Recent opinion polls have shown a great deal of public support for some left-wing policies and the country seems to both want and need a real alternative to the current parties.

The left has always failed to gain support (and not just here in the UK) because of factional differences and splits, and it remains to be seen if 'Left Unity' can continue to unite the different groups. At the moment there seems to be considerable goodwill.

But even if Left Unity holds, it still faces the huge uphill task that our first past the post electoral system produces, and which has prevented the Green Party from making the breakthrough here that it has in some other European countries.

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