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28 June 2017

Liverpool's 1983-87 socialist council - power to the people!

Between 1979 and 1983 the Tories slashed 120 million from Liverpool's budget - how did the Militant-led socialist city council fight back?

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24 June 2017

Camden evacuation - residents expose fire risks

Tower block residents forced Camden council to act

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10 May 2017

TUSC's anti-cuts message finds positive response

4 May local elections: TUSC stood 78 council and two mayoral candidates, winning a total of 15,407 votes

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6 May 2017

Labour hangs on in Wales despite cuts councillors

Labour held on in the cities but lost some seats in the valleys, not to the Tories, but to independent councillors. The Tories only won new seats in their traditional seats in Wales

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26 April 2017

The Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including the general election, Militant in Liverpool, the Holocaust and football.

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12 April 2017

Cardiff: Labour right rattled by anti-cuts TUSC

The 100% anti-cuts, socialist alternative presented by the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) has been welcomed on the doorstep by people who are desperate to see an end to austerity. But some figures on the Labour right are less enthusiastic that we're standing in the Welsh council elections.

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12 April 2017

Hundreds march to save the NHS

The demonstration on 8 April was a great success.

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12 April 2017

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

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.

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5 April 2017

TUSC to challenge for the Merseyside 'metro-mayor'

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is on the ballot paper for the inaugural election of the Liverpool City Region directly-elected mayor (the 'metro-mayor').

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5 April 2017

Labour group to discipline councillors for resisting Haringey gentrification scheme

For a council group which opposes cuts and privatisation: Ten Labour councillors in Haringey, north London, face disciplinary action after voting for further scrutiny of a gentrification scheme.

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29 March 2017

Leeds Labour councillors resign over cuts

As Leeds Labour Council geared up to pass its latest budget cuts of 75.3 million, the cracks that had been appearing in the Labour group over the last few months finally resulted in a split.

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15 March 2017

TUSC: SWP suspends participation in England/Wales

The Socialist Workers Party (SWP) has announced that it is suspending its participation in the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) in England and Wales.

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15 March 2017

Derby teaching assistants' all-out strike against Labour council

Teaching assistants and school support staff in Derby are now on all-out strike against massive pay cuts imposed by the Labour-led city council. In a recent survey 74% of Derby people said they supported the action by these workers.

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8 March 2017

Second front in battle over driver-only operation opens on Northern Rail

Northern Rail train guards have voted by an overwhelming majority in favour of strike action against the introduction of driver-only operation (DOO). Our first strike date is 13 March and is planned to coincide with our striking brothers and sisters on Southern and Merseyrail.

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8 March 2017

Bradford: Anti-cuts lobby against poor-bashing budget

Bradford Socialist Party members were in attendance along with other activists at the lobby of the council on 23 February outside Bradford city hall. Some Labour councillors came and talked to us as we attempted to persuade them to set a no-cuts budget.

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8 March 2017

Why I joined: "I am a Labour Party member and I recently decided to join the Socialist Party"

I joined the Labour Party as a school leaver in 1981 but by the mid-80s I left, completely disillusioned, and became politically inactive. Then, during the 2016 Labour leadership election, I felt enthused by Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity policies and the possibility that at last the Labour Party had a chance of defeating the Tories and their vicious cuts.

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1 March 2017

There is an alternative, Mr Biggs

Just before Women's Day, Tower Hamlets council voted for cuts in children's and youth services

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1 March 2017

Fight like Poplar's women councillors to change the lives of family carers

Even in the heyday of the welfare state, parents of disabled children received little help, understanding or support. The Tories want to drive us back to the days when family care was the norm

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24 February 2017

Spelthorne: we need socialist councillors

Fire Brigade Union reps, other trade unionists and anti-cuts activists lobbied councillors

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22 February 2017

Bristol: Hundreds march against council cuts

The Bristol and District Anti-Cuts Alliance (Badaca) has written a letter to every councillor in Bristol calling on them to vote against the 101 million cuts budget being proposed by mayor Marvin Rees. Councillors met to vote on the budget on Tuesday 21 February, as the Socialist goes to press.

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