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From The Socialist newspaper, 1 March 2017

Why I joined the Socialist Party

The Socialist Party has been on the front line of the campaign to defend Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity leadership from the right, photo Socialist Party

The Socialist Party has been on the front line of the campaign to defend Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity leadership from the right, photo Socialist Party   (Click to enlarge)

Michaela, Huddersfield Socialist Party

Back in August last year, I attended a #KeepCorbyn rally in Bradford with my partner. I had recently become interested in current affairs with the Brexit vote and the immediate fallout from the mainstream politicians.

I listened to several speakers and was impressed with what I heard from two Socialist Party members (Tanis Belsham-Wray and Peter Robson).

I spoke to Peter afterwards, and he invited me to a branch meeting a couple of days later. I quickly found a great circle of like-minded comrades and joined the branch soon after with my partner.

Through speaking in meetings, I felt myself growing more confident.

We spearheaded a campaign to keep a local homeless shelter open after Bradford Council had decided to award a new contract to a lesser provider. Immediately I felt empowered by being a part of something that was striving to stop the council cuts and trying to make a change.

I've now moved to Huddersfield, and while I will be sorry to leave the Bradford branch (and some great comrades!) I am looking forward to getting stuck in and helping to make a difference in the local and national struggles.

I will be attending the NHS demo on 4 March and I'm really looking forward to it as it will be my first demo!

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Lessons of Russia 1917 for women's struggle today

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How black women fought racism and sexism at Nasa

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Hearing into alleged rule-breaking by Unison ends

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Bristol cuts: the fight goes on

Tower Hamlets: There is an alternative, Mr Biggs

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