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Time for a new workers' party
A CAMPAIGN for a new workers' party was launched at Socialism 2005.
Socialist Party councillor Dave Nellist explained the urgent need for such a party.
He quoted the director of Shelter, who had recently exposed the growing wealth gap in Britain: Children born this century will be starting life "more financially unequal than at any time since the Victorian era."
Whole areas of the country are closed to the children of the poor because of rising house prices.
Yet millions are haunted by the spectre of repossessions and bankruptcy.
At the same time New Labour are privatising and destroying our schools and hospitals and attacking workers' rights.
"But many people involved in anti-war and anti-capitalist activities are open to the ideas of socialism" Dave said, as he called on all those present at Socialism 2005 to get behind the campaign for a new workers' party. He continued:
"Draw up lists of people in your workplaces, trade unions and colleges who you can approach to support the statement".
"Socialist Party members are the best champions of day-to-day struggles of workers.
"We have been the organisers of the genuine alliances of those opposed to New Labour and we are the ones campaigning for the trade unions to break with Labour.
"Socialism is back on the agenda, it is more relevant now than ever."
In The Socialist 17 November 2005: