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8 July 2015

Britain's biggest union could reconsider funding Labour after leadership elections

As we go to press, members of general union Unite are considering major political changes. Although the leadership headed off calls to leave Labour, it promised a new conference if the situation changes.

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19 June 2015

Can Jeremy Corbyn's Labour leadership challenge help to develop the socialist left?

The entry of Jeremy Corbyn, a long-standing Labour left, into the Labour leadership contest has generated interest in an otherwise moribund 'pro-business', mostly Blairite-dominated contest, writes Peter Taaffe

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17 June 2015

When organised mass action defeated the Tories

Liverpool city council's historic victory over the Thatcher government has valuable lessons for today.

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17 June 2015

How can we stop austerity?

Just six weeks after the general election - on 20 June - people are flocking to London to show opposition to austerity. But after marching - what next? The question in everyone's mind will be how can we stop it?

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10 June 2015

Bakers' union debates political representation

Political representation for workers was the keynote for the first day and a half of bakers' union BFAWU's annual conference, writes Iain Dalton.

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10 June 2015

Can Corbyn's left challenge succeed?

Labour leadership race: Left-wing backbencher and seasoned campaigner Jeremy Corbyn entered the Labour leadership contest on 4 June, writes Sarah Sachs-Eldridge.

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11 May 2015

Fight against "five more damned years"

"Our sweet victory", read the London Evening Standard, owned appropriately by a Russian oligarch and reflecting their delight at the unexpected victory of the Tories. Peter Taaffe writes.

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9 May 2015

With the votes of 24%, Tories have no mandate for more savage cuts

On 8th May the front page of the Daily Mirror was entirely black apart from the words: "Condemned again - five more damned years"

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8 May 2015

After Labour's failure to defeat the Tories: Help build fightback against austerity

Millions of people woke up on 8th May to face the nightmare of a Tory majority government - full of fear of the misery that this new government will mete out

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5 May 2015

Russell Brand mistaken to sow illusions in Labour

"Russelllllllll Nooooooooooo!!!!!!!". This response from the Artist Taxi Driver probably summed up what many people felt when they saw the latest episode of Russell Brand's Trews internet

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1 April 2015

Axing Clause IV: Making Labour safe for capitalism

In April 1995 a special Labour Party conference dropped Clause IV, part 4 (the 'socialist clause') of its constitution

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4 March 2015

Man of straw - is cut to size

Peter and Kay Harris were among six supporters of Militant (forerunner of the Socialist) who were witch-hunted out of Blackburn Labour Party at the behest of local MP Jack Straw back in the early 1980s

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'Cash for access' scandal shows MPs still have their snouts in the trough, cartoon Alan Hardman

25 February 2015

Kick out corrupt politicians

For workers' MPs on a workers' wage: What has changed in the two decades since parliament's first 'cash for questions' scandal? 'Nothing at all,' is the answer. Former ministers Jack Straw and Malcolm Rifkind have been caught offering to sell the influence of their public positions

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18 February 2015

Them & Us

Vanilla fudge: Ed Miliband claimed a political victory after Lord Fink retracted his threat to sue the Labour leader who, in a parliamentary bun fight with Prime Minister David Cameron, had accused him of being a "dodgy donor" to the Tories

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4 February 2015

At least we got Labour's fish and chips!

Labour Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls recently made a regional visit to Plymouth in what was scheduled as a 'meet and greet' with the paying public and Labour supporters, writes Tom Sloman, Plymouth Socialist Party.

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21 January 2015

Them & Us

Underpaid: Prime Minister David Cameron reckons he's getting tough with employers who pay below the statutory minimum wage of 6.50 an hour to their workers

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12 November 2014

Labour - the singer or the song?

The Con-Dems are the most unpopular government in living memory. Yet Labour's lead limps between 1% and 4%

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8 October 2014

Correction: Labour's private health links are worse!

Following our article on 'Labour: no real alternative' in last week's issue of the Socialist we received an email from the corporate communications manager of private health company Bupa

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1 October 2014

Them & Us

Priority, it's Ed: 'Move aside - the Labour leader is coming through!'

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24 September 2014

Labour to continue austerity offensive

The Labour Party conference in Manchester was the last before the general election with Labour setting out its policies for a future government

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