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From The Socialist newspaper, 11 January 2012

Socialist Party 2011 fighting fund target smashed!

Help support the fightback in 2012

Ken Douglas Socialist Party national treasurer

Socialist Party members raised a magnificent 33,322 fighting fund in the last three months of 2011, surpassing the target of 25,000 for the quarter and reaching 133%.

This money was raised on streets and around shopping centres in towns and cities all over England and Wales, and in the donations to the Socialism 2011 finance appeal. The fighting fund is essential to enable the Socialist Party to produce the campaign material - the hundreds of thousands of leaflets, posters and placards - as well as the flags, gazebos and sound systems, that mark out our participation in every protest, lobby and demonstration.

The Socialist Party relies solely on ordinary working class people for this support - there are no bankers or con-men bankrolling our party, unlike the Tories and Lib Dems.

Hedge fund owner Paul Ruddock, who made 100 million betting on the collapse of Northern Rock, donated 500,000 to the Tories and got a knighthood! Convicted fraudster Michael Brown, arrested a few days ago in the Dominican Republic, donated 2.4 million, part of the proceeds of a 34 million scam, to the Lib Dems - which they won't pay back!

Contrast these scoundrels with the ordinary people who are being hit hard by the policies of these Tory and Lib Dem millionaires and support our call for a fightback. Wherever Socialist Party members are out campaigning we get a great response. For example, in Wales where every branch reached their target, and in the North West and South West regions which also smashed their targets.

The Socialist Party aims to raise 100,000 every year in fighting fund and 2011 was one of the best since the millennium with a fantastic 114,315 raised. Congratulations to all the branches that reached their targets in 2011 but we can't stop there!

2012 already raises the possibility of further strike action over pensions both in the private and public sector, as well as more job losses with local government services taking an even bigger hit than last year. Socialist Party members will be out there on every strike and demo, campaigning to fight every cut and to organise a political alternative to the three 'bankster' parties.

Everybody can play their part - can you raise some money to help our campaign or can you make a donation (see form below)? We can guarantee that every penny will be used to build an alternative to the miserable future that the likes of Cameron, Osborne and Clegg, and the millionaires and billionaires that they represent, want to force on us.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.

In The Socialist 11 January 2012:

Pensions battle

We say: NO WAY! Strike to defend pensions

Pensions dispute: Everything is still to fight for

Workers need an electoral alternative that fights for them

Unison member: no pensions sell-out

Socialist Party Interview

Fighting the pensions battle: An interview with Mark Serwotka

Them and Us

Fat cat pay: empty words from Cameron

Clock turned back on housing

Them & Us

Youth fight for jobs

Reject slave labour for young unemployed

Socialist Party workplace news

1,200 jobs threatened by DVLA closures

We need more railway jobs

Cuts councillors dishonoured

Workplace news in brief

Socialist Party features

Stephen Lawrence murder - the untold story

Heseltine continued Liverpool's decline

International socialist news and analysis

Nigeria shut down at start of indefinite general strike

Socialist Party women

Socialist Women: At the frontline of the resistance

Socialist Party news

Socialist Party 2011 fighting fund target smashed!

Raffle - Ken Loach at the BBC

Socialist Party reviews and comments

Film review :The Iron Lady in meltdown

Reader's comment: The right wing media and Diane Abbott


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