Labour Co-ordinating Committee

Labour Co-Ordinating Committee

Labour Co-ordinating Committee

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The Labour Co-ordinating Committee (LCC) was a factional body inside the British Labour Party established in 1978 and wound-up in 1995. In that period it moved (along with many of its members) from a group established to challenge to leadership of the party from the left to the vanguard of Tony Blair's drive to modernise the party's organisation and policies.

The LCC was established in 1978 to co-ordinate the efforts of the Labour left. As such it was extremely broad including, for instance, members of the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy, Labour Briefing and the fiercely anti-Trotskyist National Organisation of Labour Students.

In 1981 the LCC supported the campaign of Tony Benn against Denis Healey for the deputy leadership of the party, but many were deeply unhappy with Benn's campaign and approach and the LCC began to evolve into a body aiming to rescue the party from the mess it found itself in as the SDP split and Benn's campaign imprinted an image of extremism in the minds of the voters.

The anti-Trotskyists of NOLS were central to this period - as they were able to successfully outmanouvre the far left groups, having developed the skills in the bitter struggle of the Clause Four Group with the Militant Tendency inside the student movement.

In 1983 the LCC organised a major conference After the landslide to examine the lessons from the party's catastrophic defeat of that year: the tone the conference set - that organisational and political modernisation and change were...
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