What we stand for

Who we are

We represent Labour’s open Left: a practical, open-minded and tolerant type of democratic socialism. Our ideas and campaigns are based on a simple strategy: creating broad and diverse alliances behind policies which transform society.

We are realistic about public opinion, but we believe that Labour’s democratic left must seek to lead it. This will only happen if our party is vibrant and democratic – if it can include a wide variety of views and groups without intolerance or bigotry keeping members away.

We believe a radical Labour party must prioritise transforming our economy – the UK must become high-investment, more green and more democratic. We stand with the bulk of the trade union movement in believing that this demands a close relationship with Europe, more trade and exporting, and solidarity with those campaigning for social justice here and internationally.

Open Labour has deeper roots in the history of the Labour left through organisations like Tribune and the Labour Coordinating Committee, but also as committed trade unionists. We are optimistic about our future and we hope you will become part of it.

Membership

We are a grassroots and member-led organisation, and all of our funds are from membership fees and small donations. Our National Committee is elected by members annually and our basic positions and policies are set by members at our annual conference. You can join here.

Internationalism

We are internationalists. In an age where capital moves freely and where trade makes up more of GDP than ever before, we also know that political structures can only govern if countries cooperate, and if capital can once more be held to account legally and politically. For this reason, we seek alliances and political coordination with Labour's sister parties and our movement allies around the world. We believe in keeping Britain close to Europe, because this safeguards industrial jobs and the right of workers to decide where to live. We have campaigned for a pro-single market and customs union Brexit policy, but as 'soft Brexit' solutions have failed to win support we now fight for 'remain and reform' agenda as part of the pro-European left.

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Open Politics

Democracy is for everyone, all of our members matter. We want Labour to debate openly and disagree well, to promote voices from under-represented backgrounds. We call on Labour to properly educate and discipline to stop prejudice or in our party. We do not oppose factions in Labour, but we do care how they go about their business and how members are affected. We stand against narrow sectarianism, centralism and 'bad faith' behaviour as barriers to democracy and open debate. In our actions we show people that there are better ways for the left to change minds and succeed.

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Anti-Austerity

Open Labour opposes fiscal austerity and other neoliberal policies such as market led public service 'reform'. We favour common sense solutions: a welfare settlement based on dignity and genuine support, an economy based on local and democratic incentives. Labour should be bold in rejecting cuts to welfare and services, and fight privatisation. We argue for a more democratic, sustainable and decentralised economy and public sector. This can make Britain more equal and sustainable, more cohesive, and more successful.

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Equality

We believe economic inequality is the greatest challenge of our time, and the party should prioritise closing the gap between the rich and the poor through radical economic reform and greater power at work. Our membership will work to develop comprehensive manifesto pledges to be put to the party.

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Economic Democracy

The distribution of ownership in the UK economy means too many important decisions about our economy is run are made by a tiny number of people. The open left seeks to expand public and cooperative ownership models, extend workplace democracy, and deliver a more equitable distribution of wealth.

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