We write, as supporters of a progressive foreign policy, to urge you to reconsider your decision to attend the Stop The War Coalition (StWC) fundraiser on Friday 11th December.
We believe that StWC stands apart from the Labour movement’s values of Internationalism, anti-fascism and solidarity. The vast majority of Labour MPs who heard Hilary Benn’s powerful speech in parliament last week (regardless of how they voted), supported his broad argument that fascism must be defeated, and that the UK must be prepared to join coalitions to do this.
This message of Internationalism is not one that the StWC can credibly claim to agree with. It continues to give a platform to Syrian regime loyalists while blocking and silencing the Syrian Solidarity Movement UK. It has consistently acted as an apologist for President Putin’s worst excesses in Ukraine and Crimea.
In recent weeks alone, the initial response from StWC was to blame the terror attacks in Paris on the French, and it has published an article claiming that Daesh is similar to the anti-fascist International Brigades in its “spirit of internationalism and solidarity.”
The rush to blame Western liberal democracies has resulted in StWC all-but absolving dictators and terrorists of their butchery. This is not an anti-war movement. It is an embarrassing sect belonging to the extreme-left. Indeed, StWC provides a vehicle for parties and sects that are hostile to the Labour Party.
We urge you to distance yourself from this organisation. We believe that Labour Party unity, and electoral credibility in the face of a Conservative government that is pursuing a right wing domestic agenda, would be advanced if you pulled out of this event.
This letter was signed by 662 people of whom 537 descibed themselves as Labour Party members.
We have stopped taking signatures now but we would urge you to sign up to join the Labour Internationalists group on the form below as further activities are planned for 2016.