LI Coordinating Committee

The Labour International Coordinating Committee (LICC) is elected every two years. The current committee was elected on 17 March, 2017. The committee consists of voting members and co-opted members, who were voted onto the LICC in February 2018.

Voting Members

The voting members are as follows:

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Lorraine Hardy
Secretary

Secretary of LICC since 2009. Continuous Labour Party membership since January 1978. Not a member of ANY group within the Party.

Actively involved in the Votes for Life and WASPI campaigns. Previously CLP Secretary in Leeds NW and Leeds NE; Branch Treasurer then Secretary of Unite 9507 Branch & Treasurer of Leeds Trades Union Council.

Based near Alicante, Spain. Former Secretary of LI Costa Blanca Branch (2010-2015 inclusive) and instigator of the LI Alicante & Costa Blanca South sub-Group (started November 2015).

Contact me at secretary@labourinternational.net.

 

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Jenny Semahimbo
Co-chair
 

I rejoined the Labour Party in 2015, after resigning, following the Iraq War but also because I didn't like the general direction the Labour Party was taking.  I saw Jeremy Corbyn's election as an opportunity to change that direction to one that better represented the socialist traditions the LP is supposed to promote.

Now retired, I am no longer a trade union member, although in the past I have been a member of Unite, Unison and before that NUPE, where I was a branch official and member of the NUPE national women's committee. I'm interested in:

  • Promoting migrant rights: protecting the rights of UK residents in Europe after Brexit, linking this with the rights of EU citizens in the UK , and the increased racism against BAME communities, refugees and asylum seekers. I see all these as interlinked on a spectrum - as part of  wider struggle in the UK, Europe and beyond. It's time the script is changed from blaming immigrants and the EU to one that locates the real source of the problems - austerity economics and the destruction of public services.
  • Developing different ways of enabling members to become more involved in the coordination of LI, developing new local groups and branches, and  new ways that LI members can link activism in the LP with activism in communities - the social movement element of getting the LP message across - "small  bottom-up" as well as "big top-down" politics.

Contact me at chairs@labourinternational.net. 

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Colin O'Driscoll
Co-chair
 

I joined the Labour Party in 1978 and was active in miners' solidarity, student politics and the fight against the poll tax before leaving the UK and settling in Belgium with my partner. I now work on EU tax and trade issues.

I was an elected full-time NUS official, and branch executive member of my NALGO branch (now Unison.) I am a member of Renouveau et démocratie, a union that organises in the EU Institutions.

There are 5.6 million British migrants around the world, 3500 of us in Labour International. Our future is more uncertain than it has been for decades. So we need an active LI, which campaigns for migrant rights in the UK, in Europe and the rest of the world.

I will:

  • Support the setting up of new branches, or where geographic distances are too great, smaller local groups, grouped together into regional or national branches;
  • Support the self organisation of women, BAME and LBGT+ members;
  • Help find new ways of communicating, discussing and decision making, which correspond to our unique situation as a CLP;
  • Help link up with other social democratic and socialist parties, trade unions and campaigning organisations, locally, nationally. I want to make sure Labour Party activism is accessible to all and think we in Labour International can make a positive contribution to that. and internationally;
  • Make sure that the LICC properly represents members across the world as well as in Europe.

Contact me at chairs@labourinternational.net.

 
Dalvir Singh
Treasurer
 

Many will know me from various positions I have held within LICC for five years and it has always has been an honour to serve on your behalf. LICC Treasurer is a new role for me and a hugely responsible position. I’m following great previous LICC Treasurers and I endeavour to continue on with their outstanding work. Financial stability, prudent spending and transparency will be my guiding principles in fulfilling my responsibilities in this position.

Beyond this I’m not supported by any faction whether that might be from the left or the right. I stand proud as only a Labour Party member. I’m not in the pocket of anybody or influenced by any specific group. I will fight to ensure ALL members have a voice in this CLP. You deserve nothing less. For me it is imperative that LICC must listen and take on board all views and processes need to be put in place to allow for this. I can’t guarantee you I will always succeed due to the make-up of the current LICC but I will always fight for the right of all to be heard. I also stand by the commitments made during the LICC elections which include greater representation from outside Europe, co-opting based on ability and not affiliation, strengthening of communication with members and greater involvement in decision-making processes. 

Contact me at labourintdalvirsingh@hotmail.com. 

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Jonathan Clyne
Membership and branch liaison
 

I joined the Labour Party in 1975. When I moved to Sweden in 1980, I first joined the Swedish Young Socialists and later I became an active member of the Swedish Social Democratic Party. I rejoined the Labour Party in 2015 to support Jeremy Corbyn.

I welcome the opportunity of being able to contribute to the transformation of the Labour Party by being in the Labour International Coordinating Committee. As liaison officer for members and branches, I see it as my duty to ensure that the rights of all members are respected, that they have full insight into the workings of Labour International and the Labour Party, and that their influence is decisive on all issues affecting the Party.

Vibrant and active branches are the key to success for the Labour Party. My role is to provide help and encouragement to groups and branches. Do not hesitate to contact me. Apart from that, I want to deepen the discussion in the Labour Party about what socialism is and how to achieve it.  

Contact me at jonathan.clyne@labourinternational.org.

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Rowan Shaw
Communications

I joined the Labour Party with four other members of my family right after the last election, horrified at the prospect of another Tory government. So I've no long history with the Party, but have been a lifelong supporter of progressive causes and have had career-long trades union membership (for the last 26 years, IG Metall).

As communications officer, I want to make it easier for members to connect, share information, run campaigns, and debate.

I'm based in Heidelberg, Germany, where I work as a recruiter, technical author, and course developer and trainer.

Contact me at communications@labourinternational.net.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Co-Opted Members

The co-opted members are as follows:

 Alan Aitkenhead

Alan Aitkenhead
Branch Development Officer

I'm the new elected LICC Branch Development Officer, and one of my roles is to support LI contacts, groups and current branches, to help them develop further by supporting and offering advice. I also believe it's vital that members themselves decide how they want to organise, and at a pace that that suits them.

At this time, I am involved with a few groups, and branches, and supporting them by attending their meetings, to offer advice, and the most important aim is to make sure that every member in Labour International, is covered by a group or a branch, so that no member feels isolated. I will be shortly arranging meetings with branch secretaries and group contacts, to find out what your needs are.

Contact me at rmt.alan@googlemail.com.

 

 Joe Bilsborough

Joe Bilsborough
Assistant Campaign Manager

I am Joe Bilsborough: I’m 25, and currently living in Copenhagen, Denmark. I moved here in August 2015 to study an MA in literature and have stuck around since graduating last year. I snuck into university in 2011, the final year of 3k fees, reading my BA at Leeds, and have always been interested in and involved in left politics, not least as a result of escaping debilitating debt through the sheer luck of when I was born. I’m looking forward to working with Ian and all of you!

Contact me at joe.bilsborough@gmail.com.

 Ian Hollingworth

Ian Hollingworth
Assistant Campaign Manager

I'm a retired maths teacher living in Thailand, married with two daughters. I taught for 35 years in a variety of comprehensive schools in London, starting in Islington just before Jeremy Corbyn became an Islington MP. I’ve always been member of the NUT (now NEU), holding the position of school rep or health and safety rep for most of my career. I look forward to working closely with Joe on campaign strategy.

Joint statement with Joe: We need to plan our strategy to be able to respond to government and local elections whenever they are called. Many Tories think the last campaign was too long and disadvantaged the incumbent, therefore it is wise to prepare on the basis of a short campaign. Attacks on the leadership should be anticipated and counter-arguments prepared in advance. Individual party activists will be targeted in social media but we should avoid any abusive responses, instead focusing on promoting Labour Party policy. We need to speak to people’s lives and their struggles, which means a narrative strategy that is unambiguous and avoids jargon. At LI we can:

  • Prepare material on key issues like health and housing for instant distribution at election time.
  • Mobilise our members to help with phone campaigning.
  • Liaise with UK CLPs to help campaign on the ground if possible, and for assistance with proxy voting for LI members.
  • Set up groups to identify and research borderline seats.

Contact me at ianhlabour@gmail.com.

 

 Adam Ford

Adam Ford
Education and Training Officer

My formative years were the 80s and 90s in Handsworth, Birmingham, a very working-class, multicultural area, which decisively shaped my politics. I was active during my teens in a variety of environmental and political campaigns, but was put off joining the Labour Party by its treatment of my father, a long-time member and activist. I went to Sheffield University where I was politically active around the Iraq war, environmental issues, homelessness, anti-racism, and as a trade union rep.

Recently I've been involved with anti-fascist groups such as "hope not hate" since I see this as the biggest current threat. As a member of Unite, I was able to vote in the two leadership elections with Jeremy Corbyn but I only fully joined the party the day after the EU referendum, when I felt the country chose out-and-out racism rather than the economy. Since then I've been active in my local branch, Hillsborough, before moving to Malaysia with my wife, who teaches at an international school.

I hope that in my education and training role I can help build a strong, active and knowledgeable community, to help create a fair and just society, for the many, not just the few.

 

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Matt Heaney
Education and Training Officer

I joined Dagenham Labour Party aged 15 after helping in a by-election in which the BNP leader retained his deposit for the first time. There I helped build a socialist and active Young Labour group during the early 'New Labour' period. After leaving school I moved to Germany, where I joined the SPD Young Socialists and the agricultural/building workers' union IG BAU. I have been an elected workers’ representative for the service union Ver.di and am now employed as an academic assistant in a trade union adult education institution in Frankfurt.

As a socialist and democrat I believe strongly that while education isn't everything in politics, without education, knowledge and history, we are on the road to nowhere. If we are to make the future a better one, Labour's current rejuvenation needs a grounding in our past and present.

I see my role as not primarily to “provide education” but more to enable members to educate each other. We should use technology – videoconferencing, reading material / books, online forums etc – to empower members and to convince others to vote Labour and to join LI. I am a member of the LRC (Labour Representation Committee www.labourrep.com, president: John McDonnell) as well as socialist societies such as Labour Humanists or LGBT Labour. I look forward to working and cooperating – and learning – with many members from across our 'broad church', as well as with my job-share comrade Adam Ford, for the common goal of a socialist, democratic world, in which people come before profit and we can all achieve our human potential without want, violence, fear or prejudice.

Contact me at heaney.m@gmail.com.

 Katy Tyrrell McCafferty

Katy Tyrrell McCafferty
Disability and Carers Officer

I’m originally from Tower Hamlets and joined the Labour Party aged 14, a birthday present from my big brother. I worked in local government for Newham Council in the housing dept and was an activist in NALGO/Unison and vice chair of the branch. I met my Irish husband in 1999 and moved to Donegal the same year. I have 2 boys and 3 dogs one of which is a Working Autism Assistance Dog.

I remain politically active in Ireland in community campaigning but life took a different route in 2005 when my eldest son was diagnosed with autism and learning disability and a lot of my activity was based in the disability movement. My second son was also diagnosed with autism and ADHD in 2013. I also had significant health problems myself, including mental health issues. So I’ve been both a service user and a carer.

I founded the local Autism Support Group and was the Donegal representative for the Special Needs Parents Association. I’ve done voluntary advocacy work for other parents. I also speak at colleges to give a parent's viewpoint to students. I talk to school students about autism and the work of assistance dogs. I’ve also had some input into the Labour manifesto on autism. In 2016 I help set legal precedent on access legislation for working service dogs after a legal challenge. I want to make sure Labour Party activism is accessible to all and think we in LI can make a positive contribution to that.

Contact me at kt1@eircom.net.

 

 Mary Stickley

Mary Stickley
Womens Officer

Over the years I have become increasingly aware of the monstrous dimensions of universal gender imbalance; the level of women's inequality differs greatly globally and, in places, amounts to what are internationally accepted as human rights violations. I aim to do whatever I can to level the playing field viz-a-viz gender differences in my own (European) country whilst bringing attention to women's issues and, at the same time, helping to pressurise authorities for women to be respected and achieve equality in every curve of the globe.

I see education as the means to achieve equity for all members of the human race. As an educator, in the past I have used my expertise to teach English to immigrant women from the Indian subcontinent in northern England to assist them in their daily lives. Additionally, I have taught English to so-called "untouchable" women from the slums of Mumbai. Both were fascinating experiences from which I learned a lot, both practically and emotionally.

At a local, more immediate level, there are still pockets of misogyny and sexual harassment and, as Women's Officer, I expect to be at the forefront of calling out such behaviour. Since I'm new to all this, I would greatly appreciate your input, from anecdotes to practical help. I am really very honoured to have been appointed LI's Women's Officer..

Contact me at mmrstickley1908@gmail.com.

 

 Gaya Sriskanthan

Gaya Skriskanthan
BAME Officer

Gaya is based in Brooklyn, New York and works on climate change action. Through her freelance work, she collaborates on a range of different projects with indigenous peoples’ networks, organisations promoting energy co-operatives, local black-led community groups in Brooklyn, and the UN. Her work focuses on supporting communities on the frontline of climate change to lead in climate solutions.

Gaya has been a member of the Labour Party for over a year. She is encouraged by recent shifts to re-understand how to achieve social and economic justice through party politics in the face of a system that is failing to serve the majority. She hopes to bring her experience in democratic inclusion in the context of climate action to her role as BAME Officer.

Contact me at gaya.licc@gmail.com.

 

 Mark Whiley

Mark Whiley
LGBT Officer

After a hiatus from politics, I joined the Labour Party in 2015 after the leadership election had been called. Previously I had been active in campaigns to prevent tuition fee rises; lobbying elected Liberal Democrats against the Health and Social Care Bill; and participating in several demonstrations including the March for the Alternative with Reading-based trade unionists and socialists, London Climate Change Marches, and the demonstration on the night of the Same Sex Marriage Bill alongside Peter Tatchell. My journey of political awareness started with opposition to the Iraq War at school, then identifying with Brian Paddick as a political and personal role model, to organising LGBT+ fundraising events and Pride activities, and finally finding a home in the Labour Party.

My politics is to empower communities to feel they are part of the state, for strong public services and for disciplined markets where employers and unionised workers are on an equal footing.

I hope that I can serve LGBT+ members well with: expertise in campaign organisation and membership development from party roles I've held in the past; listening to your experiences and both be an advocate and help to promote those voices within the party; interest and awareness of issues affecting the LGBT+ community; and utilising my creative and networking abilities along with digital marketing strategy and awareness of technologies in this field.

Contact me at mark.whiley@gmail.com.

 

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