Free movement: a working class right

Free movement: a working class right By Joshua Lovell, Labour County Councillor for Old Stevenage This article appeared on Cllr Lovell’s blog on Monday 7th August 2017 Lexit: An Inconvenient Fallacy The referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union opened up rifts in society that may take years to heal. Probably the single […] Read more

1905 and all that: How the labour movement debated Britain’s first immigration control

1905 and all that: How the labour movement debated Britain’s first immigration control A 1906 cartoon protesting against the Aliens Act 1905 and its imposition of barriers to refugees and migrants   By Daniel Randall The debate now taking place within the labour movement in Britain over free movement has profound parallels with one which […] Read more

Put free movement on the Labour Conference agenda with our Contemporary Resolution

Put free movement on the Labour Conference agenda with our Contemporary Resolution Labour Party Conference – our movement’s chance to debate the issues facing us today and decide the way forward for our party – is fast approaching. We want this year’s conference to commit our party to defending migrant rights, and defending and extending […] Read more

Bigotry seeks company in the UK

Bigotry seeks company in the UK By Warwick Historians This open letter was originally published on openDemocracy on 19 December 2016. The original list of signatories can be viewed there. Our republication is not intended to indicate that all of them support the Labour Campaign for Free Movement. We historians at the University of Warwick […] Read more

Why Labour must campaign for free movement

Why Labour must campaign for free movement by Ben Towse & Raquel Palmeira This article appeared in The Clarion on Wednesday 9th August 2017 Not long ago, defence of migrants, the right to cross borders to live and work, and the project of lowering, not raising, borders, were common sense for most of the left. Blaming […] Read more

Manuel Cortes: The Enemy Is The Elite Boss Class, Not The Migrant Worker. We Must Not Be Afraid To Say This — Loud And Clear

Manuel Cortes: “The Enemy Is The Elite Boss Class, Not The Migrant Worker. We Must Not Be Afraid To Say This — Loud And Clear” Manuel Cortes, General Secretary of the TSSA, has written for LabourList about his union’s support for the Labour Campaign for Free Movement: “There is a debate taking place within our movement […] Read more

MPs, trade unionists and party activists urge Labour to retain free movement

MPs, trade unionists and party activists urge Labour to retain free movement FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New initiative backed by politicians and Labour movement figures calls for “clarity, humanity and solidarity” in party’s immigration stance Trade unionists and workplace activists call for better workers’ rights, not border controls Free movement hailed as best policy for protecting […] Read more

Free movement isn’t a plot to undermine workers’ rights – it is essential to them

Free movement isn’t a plot to undermine workers’ rights – it is essential to them by Nick Dearden This article appeared on the Independent website on Tuesday 1st August 2017. After a week of telling Americans how free and open the world should be, it might seem a little inconsistent that the following weekend Trade Secretary […] Read more

Why ‘Socialist’ Arguments Against Free Movement Don’t Add Up

Why ‘Socialist’ Arguments Against Free Movement Don’t Add Up by Gwyneth Lonergan, Huddersfield CLP This article appeared on Novara Media on Thursday 16th February As the country debates what form Brexit will take, it has become common in parts of the liberal-left to argue that European freedom of movement must be abandoned for ‘socialist’ reasons. The argument goes […] Read more

Most Leave voters back free movement – you just have to explain it

Most Leave voters back free movement – you just have to explain it by Michael Chessum This article appeared on the New Statesman website on 20th July 2017 This week, a piece of YouGov polling flipped on its head a widely held belief about the public’s attitude to immigration in the context of Brexit. The headline question […] Read more

The working class case for free movement

The working class case for free movement by Don Flynn This article appeared in the Morning Star on Tuesday 17th January The idea of a right to free movement is cursed by its association with the European treaties which have as their objective the creation of an unfettered market in which all goods, services and […] Read more

The Posted Workers Directive: a red herring?

The Posted Workers Directive: a red herring? by Petros Elia, General Secretary,United Voices of the World union In light of recent debates on Freedom of Movement (FoM) and the Posted Workers Directive (PWD) here’s my tuppence worth. The PWD is definitely a gift to the bosses which brings no benefit to workers either from the […] Read more

The left’s reasons for ditching freedom of movement are profoundly wrong

The left’s reasons for ditching freedom of movement are profoundly wrong by Michael Chessum This article appeared on the New Statesman website on 17th October 2016 The idea that mainstream politics has failed to talk enough about immigration has become an idea so entrenched in British political life that it is almost impossible to challenge. And […] Read more



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