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The Socialist 7 February 2018

NHS - build the fightback

The Socialist issue 981

NHS - build the fightback

NHS day of action: all around the country

Tragic death exposes criminal understaffing of NHS

York socialists head resistance to NHS outsourcing

Trump v NHS


Capita in crisis: bring all outsourcers back in-house

90 feared dead after migrant boat capsizes


Corbyn's left must seize the advantage in Labour's civil war


Haringey: now's our chance for a no-cuts council

Walthamstow: occupy to save the town square

Scene set for TUSC conference electoral debate


Royal Mail forced back under threat of action

Unison national women's conference

Striking back against academies in Newham


May's silence is a green light for Chinese repression

Sudan: Mohamed Satti released - global solidarity campaign gets results!

Protesters denounce oppressive Sri Lankan regime


GCSE grading game stresses out students - even more than before!

Fighting sexism: Positive discrimination - yea or neigh?

Bernie's book shows need for workers' party

Darkest Hour: Not the usual flattery of brutal Tory Churchill

The Socialist inbox


The Socialist Party is being evicted - we need you!

Yorkshire Socialist Party regional conference

 
 
 
 
 

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The Rally for Socialism 2017, photo Mary Finch

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Building fund finance appeal launched

At the beginning of autumn last year the Socialist Party received a notice to quit our national centre by the end of summer 2018. This comes as a huge blow. We have been at our current premises in Leytonstone, east London, for over 17 years - longer than any other in our history.

The landlord intends to redevelop our offices into residential flats, a process that is happening all over London. Following the Tory government's relaxation of the planning laws there is a gold rush taking place as landlords and property developers scramble to make money out of the housing crisis.

We have therefore launched a building finance appeal to raise money to help pay for a move and for a new place.

We may need money towards a deposit if a suitable property comes on the market that we can buy; we may need to spend money refurbishing a building; we may need to pay a higher rent as more parts of London are becoming gentrified and rents are rising in what used to be affordable areas.

The seriousness of this situation for us cannot be overstated. From the first offices we rented in Kings Cross in 1964, the establishment of a national headquarters in London was a historic gain for us.

On the right is a short history of the progress we made in acquiring and rebuilding premises, establishing a press and purchasing our previous national centre in Hepscott Road. Hackney Wick, in 1984, enabled by an appeal for party members to donate a week's income that raised 177,000.

This was only possible based on the huge sacrifices that members, supporters and party workers have made throughout the history of our party, detailed in the books by Peter Taaffe: Rise of Militant and From Militant to the Socialist Party.

From the first real premises in Bethnal Green in 1971 and the purchase of the first press shortly afterwards, our members and supporters made those sacrifices because they understood the importance of the party's national headquarters and national leadership to be based in the capital city, at the heart of its national politics.

The capital is where the trade unions have their headquarters and where the majority of government institutions and foreign embassies are based. It is where most national demonstrations take place and it has the necessary transport links for national meetings.

We are where we are today because of those sacrifices and it is incumbent on us to ensure that we carry on that proud tradition. Therefore we are asking every member and supporter to pledge a donation to this building appeal.

Many Socialist Party members will donate the considerable amount of a week's income and in some cases more, as they have done with past appeals, paid over three or four months.

We recognise that this will not be easy for many but the Socialist Party has no rich backers and we can only rely on our own members and supporters.

Your donations, whether it's ten pounds or more from a school student, several hundred from someone who is working or thousands from a windfall, inheritance, property sale, PPI payment etc will make a vital contribution.


The history of our premises

  • 1964 Militant launched as a monthly newspaper. 500 fighting fund launched in the first issue.
  • 1965 An editor taken on to work on the paper full time. Two rooms taken in Kings Cross, central London, and offered for hire to help pay the rent. The first all-London Militant readers' meeting attended by 50 people and raised 4, 12 shillings and sixpence.
  • 1966 Press fund launched with target of 1,000 (raised in three years).
  • 1970 Premises acquired in Bethnal Green, east London, which needed rebuilding. Members sold treasured possessions to enable the move. Press bought for 1,050 and a camera for making plates (800). A fund for a weekly paper was launched with a target of 1,000.
  • 1974 New premises rented for use as a printshop. Committee for a Workers' International launched.
  • 1975 Fire destroyed the printshop building, severely damaged the press and ruined the typesetting equipment. An emergency appeal raised 27,378 and the press was back in action in one month. By the end of the year we had moved into premises in Mentmore Terrace, Hackney, east London.
  • 1976 12-page paper produced. Reached 1,000 regular sellers.
  • 1977 Appeal for a new press raised nearly 50,000.
  • 1978 Production of 16-page paper on new press without red masthead.
  • 1979 Two more units added to press and red masthead restored.
  • 1980-82 Additional premises taken on and more printing equipment purchased. Collections over these three years raised 347,000.
  • 1983 Building fund launched in October.
  • 1984 Building fund reaches 175,000 and Militant moved into new premises in Hackney Wick.
  • 2000 Hackney Wick premises were sold and we move into current premises in Leytonstone. Printshop moved to factory in Clapton, Hackney.
  • 2007 Old web offset press had to be scrapped. Printshop moved to Leyton, east London. Week's income appeal launched, raising over 51,000 for new digital colour press.

In this issue


Save our NHS

NHS - build the fightback

NHS day of action: all around the country

Tragic death exposes criminal understaffing of NHS

York socialists head resistance to NHS outsourcing

Trump v NHS


News

Capita in crisis: bring all outsourcers back in-house

90 feared dead after migrant boat capsizes


What we think

Corbyn's left must seize the advantage in Labour's civil war


Councils

Haringey: now's our chance for a no-cuts council

Walthamstow: occupy to save the town square

Scene set for TUSC conference electoral debate


Workplace

Royal Mail forced back under threat of action

Unison national women's conference

Striking back against academies in Newham


International socialist news and analysis

May's silence is a green light for Chinese repression

Sudan: Mohamed Satti released - global solidarity campaign gets results!

Protesters denounce oppressive Sri Lankan regime


Opinion

GCSE grading game stresses out students - even more than before!

Fighting sexism: Positive discrimination - yea or neigh?

Bernie's book shows need for workers' party

Darkest Hour: Not the usual flattery of brutal Tory Churchill

The Socialist inbox


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

The Socialist Party is being evicted - we need you!

Yorkshire Socialist Party regional conference


 

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