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Socialist Party Wales conference report
João Félix, Cardiff Socialist Party
A combative mood was expressed throughout a well-attended Socialist Party Wales 2017 conference.
The first session was introduced by Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary. Peter detailed the eventful political developments of last year, not just in the UK but around the world. In the US, mass resistance has forced Trump to "perform more somersaults than a circus gymnast," he said.
The growth and political work of the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI - the socialist international organisation to which the Socialist Party is affiliated) was also outlined, with a special mention to the brilliant reunification with our comrades in Spain from Izquierda Revolucionaria.
Contributions from the floor ranged from insights on British and international political developments, to reports of the fight for an anti-austerity alternative in the Labour Party, and analysis of the current situation in Wales, with the possibility of the right wing populists, Ukip, posing a real threat in the valleys.
The afternoon was dedicated to organising the fightback in Wales; including reports on resisting the council cuts, the fight against the closure and relocation of jobcentres, and contesting union elections.
The preparation and role of the Socialist Party and the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) in the forthcoming council elections was discussed.
It was also noted that we are the most impactful left-wing political force in Wales, with the Socialist Party's political and practical approach attracting great working class fighters.
An excellent £1,300 fighting fund was raised. It seems the Socialist Party in Wales is well equipped to face the struggles ahead!
Cardiff Socialist Party public meeting
International Women's Day meeting
Thursday 9 March, 7.30pm
'Women and the Russian Revolution'
Speaker: Heather Rawlings, Socialist Women
Old Market Tavern, Trinity Street, Cardiff CF10 1BH
In The Socialist 1 March 2017:
Socialist Party women
What we think
Socialist Party feature
Workplace news and analysis
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Socialist readers' comments and reviews