Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/937/24685

From The Socialist newspaper, 22 February 2017

Socialist Party regional conference reports

Socialist Party members out campaigning, photo Elaine Brunskill

Socialist Party members out campaigning, photo Elaine Brunskill   (Click to enlarge)

West Midlands

78 members of the Socialist Party from across the West Midlands met in Birmingham on 18 February for a fantastic regional conference. The turnout and contributions reflected the growing strength and influence of the party across the region.

Hannah Sell, deputy general secretary, introduced the main political perspectives discussion that covered issues including Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn and the future of the Labour Party, the eruption of the movement against Trump, and the battle of the RMT against Southern Rail.

Sarah Wrack, editor of the Socialist, introduced an inspiring party building session. She highlighted the many opportunities to build socialist forces in the coming months.

Delegates reported on the development of our work in new areas and smaller towns, while a number of younger comrades highlighted the successful work in the youth and student field. The important role of the Socialist in building the party was also emphasised.

Commissions on populism, women and the Russian revolution, and the work of Izquierda Revolucionaria in Spain followed in the afternoon.

The conference finished with an inspiring report of the work of the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI - to which the Socialist Party is affiliated).

Over 1,800 was raised in the fighting fund collection, with one unemployed comrade donating 200.

A further 116 was raised in sales from an older comrade's donated book collection and over 150 from cake and badge sales!

Lenny Shail

East Midlands

"Well attended, interesting discussions and confident mood" was the description by one participant in the East Midlands regional conference held in Nottingham on 19 February.

Rob Williams from the Socialist Party executive committee was the first speaker in the morning discussion, the key themes of which were the volatility in political processes developing in Britain and the potential for working class struggles to develop.

A fighting fund appeal was made by Tom Hunt, a nurse and member of Mansfield branch, who explained how he was drawn to our party after experiencing the erosion of the health service under Labour and Tory governments. 320 was collected to add to the 60 raised by a raffle and selling food.

In the afternoon we broke into practical workshops followed by a session to discuss how we would build the party in our region in the next year.

This included the key role we have played in struggles, such as the 'save Glenfield Children's Heart Centre' campaign.

We rounded off an inspiring day with a reminder that we are part of a worldwide socialist movement with a brief report on the work of the CWI.

Steve Score

Yorkshire

Over 50 delegates attended our regional conference in Leeds on 19 February, and left regenerated on how to build the party.

General secretary Peter Taaffe started the day's discussion by speaking on world perspectives. On the USA he pointed to the lack of enthusiasm for both Clinton and Trump among American voters, with no real candidate to speak for the 99%.

Closer to home, Peter likened Europe to a "lake of petrol", with just a single match needed to ignite the flames of working class revolt. In this country, that match could be the NHS crisis.

Later, regional secretary Alistair Tice introduced a session on growing the party in Yorkshire, and opened the floor to discussing recruitment, integrating new members and selling the Socialist.

Peter closed the day with an update on the exciting merger of the two socialist international organisations - the CWI and Izquierda Revolucionaria in Spain and its affiliates.

A fighting fund appeal raised over 800, a fantastic achievement, and a contradiction to those that think that Yorkshire folk are tight with their money!

Matthew Hirst and Michaela Bower

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


In The Socialist 22 February 2017:


Save our NHS!

Support the NHS? Join the march!

Health cuts responsible for rise in deaths - reverse all austerity now

Stop victimising NHS whistleblowers


International socialist news and analysis

Dublin: #JobstownNotGuilty


Fighting the cuts

Leicester Unison no-cuts budget call

Bristol: Hundreds march against council cuts

Tower Hamlets anti-cuts budget lobby


Socialist Party news and analysis

30% of people on inadequate incomes in UK

Stop the student loan sell-off - scrap all fees

Argos fails to pay staff minimum wage - taxman cuts fine in half!

What we saw


February Revolution 1917

February revolution 1917 - what lessons for today?


Socialist Party workplace news

Aslef members reject Southern deal - now for coordinated action to fight to win

Tata pension deal: 'Gun to the head' offer accepted

Unison Women's Conference

Workplace news in brief


Socialism not Trumpism

Socialism not Trumpism: Thousands more protest and plan to walkout


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

A world to win - give us the resources!

Socialist Party regional conference reports

Obituary: John Pickett - 1954-2017

Wallasey Labour remains suspended despite collapse of allegations


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Worried about fake news? Start with Labour councils' budget lies

Organise to reverse 28% rise in violence against retail workers

The Socialist Inbox

Web series review: Cooked - "How capitalism ruined eating"


 

Home   |   The Socialist 22 February 2017   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Socialist Party:

triangleManchester Socialist Party: The history of the CWI

triangleJobstown Not Guilty: pics of London protest

triangleBradford Socialist Party: The situation in Northern Ireland and implications for the UK

triangleBradford Socialist Party: The Manningham Mills strike

triangleBradford Socialist Party: The French election campaign

Midlands:

triangleGlenfield heart unit: "Children will die" angry parents tell NHS England

triangleHeart centre closure consultation 'farce'

triangleNo cuts, no closures, save our NHS!

East Midlands:

triangleEast Midlands Socialist Party regional conference

triangleMassive demo against A&E closure

West Midlands:

triangleWest Midlands Socialist Party regional conference

Yorkshire:

triangleSocialist Party Congress 2017 reports

The Socialist:

triangleSend in your sales of the socialist

CWI:

triangleInternational Women's Day: taking action against capitalist oppression

Fighting Fund:

triangleA world to win - give us the resources!

Appeal:

triangleTUSC supports Irish MPs' call on Corbyn

Rob Williams:

triangleLeaked document threatens jobs and conditions at Ford Bridgend

Nottingham:

triangleNottingham Socialist Party: The lessons of the 1917 Russian Revolution

Mansfield:

triangleNottingham Socialist Party: The inspirational life of Eleanor Marx

Birmingham:

triangleBirmingham South East Socialist Party: Mother Jones- her life and times

Hannah Sell:

triangleLivingstone's smear of Militant

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

24/3/17

Doncaster

Doncaster postal workers walk out

24/3/17

Fujitsu

Fujitsu strikes: Manchester and Warrington

23/3/17

London

Jobstown Not Guilty: pics of London protest

22/3/17

Salford

Salford: International Women's Day meeting

22/3/17

Orgreave

Biggest ever protest by Orgreave campaigners

22/3/17

Unite

Battle steps up in Unite general secretary election

22/3/17

Aslef

Aslef offer: unity needed with the RMT

22/3/17

East London

East London demonstration against A&E closure

22/3/17

Tyneside

Battle for Wallsend walk-in NHS service

22/3/17

Cumbria

Join the march against NHS cuts and privatisation in Cumbria

22/3/17

NHS

We'll fight to save our NHS!

22/3/17

Workers

Workplace news in brief

22/3/17

Derby

Derby TAs' strike suspended after new offer

22/3/17

Public sector

End the seven-year public sector pay cap!

22/3/17

RMT

Merseyrail guard found not guilty of "endangering safety"

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle23 Mar Jobstown Not Guilty: pics of London protest

triangle23 Mar Unite against terror, racism and war

triangle22 Mar Northern Ireland: divisive election a warning to the workers' movement

triangle22 Mar Battle steps up in general secretary election before start of voting

triangle22 Mar Tory splits brought to the surface - Corbyn must go on the attack

triangle21 Mar CPSA to PCS: Fighting the 'Moderates' and building a fighting union

triangle20 Mar March against racism: Refugee Rights has lively bloc

More ...

triangle28 Mar Bristol North Socialist Party: The French elections

triangle28 Mar Manchester Socialist Party: The history of the CWI

triangle30 Mar North London Socialist Party: Stop the education cuts

triangle30 Mar Bradford Socialist Party: The French election campaign

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice