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From The Socialist newspaper, 12 April 2017

Last quarter's fighting fund target smashed, now make our voice heard in elections

Fighting fund helps pay for leaflets and other campaigning material photo Samantha Smith, photo Samantha Smith

Fighting fund helps pay for leaflets and other campaigning material photo Samantha Smith, photo Samantha Smith   (Click to enlarge)

Ken Douglas, Socialist Party national treasurer

Socialist Party members throughout England and Wales are out campaigning in support of Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidates standing in local and mayoral elections.

We are appealing to all readers and supporters of the Socialist to make a donation to help support those candidates.

Although the majority of councillors are not standing for re-election this year, we believe it is still vital that there is an electoral challenge to the Tories' cuts, which amount to a demolition of local authority services. Jeremy Corbyn has said that he is opposed to austerity but Labour councillors should be organising now to fight these cuts instead of meekly carrying them out.

We say that these cuts can be fought and defeated. Labour councillors should refuse to pass on the cuts and instead launch a campaign in defence of jobs and services, which is what all TUSC candidates pledge to do. Far from there being no money for services, the NHS, housing and jobs, there is plenty.

The richest thousand people in Britain have doubled their wealth since the financial crisis in 2008. A recent Oxfam report highlighted the massive profits being made by the rate-rigging banks which they are salting away in off-shore tax havens, while we are still paying for the economic crisis caused by the greed of those same bankers.

Mersey metro-mayor

But to make our voice heard we need your help!

We depend solely on the support of ordinary people - the Socialist Party has no rich backers. Standing in the Merseyside metro-mayor election for instance costs 5,000 for the deposit and 3,000 for the booklet which goes to every household, costs which the Socialist Party, as part of TUSC, has to make a contribution to. Then there are the leaflets and other material that we are producing.

Please help us build support for the fightback against austerity and for a socialist alternative. Can you donate 5, 10, 50 or 100 or more? We can guarantee that every penny will be used in the fight for socialism.

Socialist Party members beat last year's record for the amount of fighting fund raised in the January to March quarter of the year.

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


In The Socialist 12 April 2017:


NHS SOS

Victory! Health workers walk out

Hundreds march to save the NHS in Carlisle

Carlisle NHS privateers leave patients at risk

NHS SOS round-up


Save our schools!

School cuts can be beaten with a strategy to win

Cuts leave schools unable to meet basic needs


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Cardiff: Labour right rattled by anti-cuts TUSC

Doncaster: Socialist Steve's growing support


International socialist news and analysis

Attacks ratchet-up Syrian conflict and fuel tensions between powers

France: Groundswell of support for left candidates

Ireland: Bury the water charges


Socialist Party news and analysis

Scrap the Tory 'rape clause' and all benefit attacks

Thousands left with 50p for rent - cap rents, not benefits

47,000 kids exposed to illegal toxic air

Them & Us


Socialist Party workplace news

Solid strike across the rail network against unsafe driver-only operation

PCS election: Vote Democracy Alliance

Car workers strike at BMW in defence of pensions

Derby teaching assistants accept offer to end pay dispute

PCS protest

Arts unions agree joint campaign work


Livingstone, Labour and anti-Semitism

Livingstone, Labour and anti-Semitism


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Excellent Socialist Party trade union meeting

Last quarter's fighting fund target smashed, now make our voice heard in elections

Action against cuts at Solent University

Police officers face misconduct charges over attack on 'freedom ride'

Newham socialists attend 'I, Daniel Blake' film night

KCL housing 'wall of shame'


 

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