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26 April 2017

How Blairism sank its claws into the Labour Party

2nd May, as well as being in the midst of preparations for the upcoming snap election, marks 20 years since another general election - the one in 1997 which brought Tony Blair and New Labour to power.

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10 August 2016

The Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including Blairite bullies, Owen Jones and Owen Smith, fighting racism and more.

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6 July 2016

After Chilcot: put Blair in the dock

After seven and a half years, and costing millions of pounds, the Chilcot inquiry into the Blair government's pre-invasion, invasion and occupation of Iraq is due to be published as the Socialist goes to press.

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6 January 2016

Letters

Letters to the editors of the Socialist. Labour's right wingers are the real bullies, not the left; New Labour grandees rewarded by the banks.

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25 November 2015

Police finally own up to spies' relationships with target women

The Metropolitan Police have finally apologised to seven women who undercover officers had intimate relationships with under false pretences.

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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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26 June 2013

Jack Straw forced to retract lies about Militant

In his book Last Man Standing, Jack Straw, home secretary in Blair's government, claims to have made every effort to ensure factual accuracy. He has now been forced to admit publicly that some of his allegations were totally untrue. Peter Harris exposes some of the dirty tricks

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5 December 2012

Challenging Jack Straw MP

In October, the Lancashire Telegraph serialised former Labour cabinet minister Jack Straw's memoirs. Peter Harris, one of six Labour Party members expelled from Straw's Blackburn constituency party, wrote to the Lancashire Telegraph challenging Straw's version of events

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Brian Caton addresses the National Shop Stewards Network conference 2009, photo Suzanne Beishon

Brian Caton, photo Suzanne Beishon

16 September 2009

Interview with POA leader Brian Caton

Brian Caton, Prison Officers Association (POA) general secretary recently decided to join the Socialist Party, after being a member of the Labour Party for many years. He spoke to Socialist Party industrial organiser Bill Mullins:

"I come from a family of nine. I was brought up in Barnsley, my Dad worked as a collier. I was always a rebel at school..."

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12 March 2008

Prison officers reject pay offer

John Hancock speaking at Socialist Party congress 2008, photo Paul Mattsson

John Hancock speaking at Socialist Party congress 2008, photo Paul Mattsson

ON 8 March, John Hancock, (right) branch secretary of the Prison Officers Association (POA) in Wormwood Scrubs prison, west London, brought greetings to the Socialist Party's annual conference...

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27 February 2008

Miliband's extraordinary apology on rendition

"SORRY FOR letting kidnappers and torturers use our territory". This is what foreign secretary David Miliband should have said in his belated apology, writes Dave Carr

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20 February 2008

Prison officers fight Labour's strike ban

Prison Officers Association protest outside the Royal Court of Justice, joined by Brian Caton, POA general secretary, photo Keith Dickinson

Prison Officers Association protest outside the Royal Court of Justice, joined by Brian Caton, POA general secretary, photo Keith Dickinson

THE PRISON Officers Association (POA) special delegate conference met on 19 February in emergency session. They were hammering out what the POA should do in response to the Labour government's reintroduction of the Tories' 1994 legislation which makes strikes illegal in the prison service.

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13 February 2008

Prison officers: Fighting for trade union rights

The Prison Officers Association (POA) shocked the government by going on a one-day strike on 29 August 2007...

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22 October 2006

Straw, the veil and racism

IN THE wake of the horrific 7/7 bombings last year, racist attacks increased by 600%, particularly against Muslims...

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9 November 2001

Rebuilding Afghanistan? Lessons Of The Balkans Conflict

AS BUSH and Blair rain bombs down on Afghanistan, they also make big promises to rebuild the shattered country...

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2 November 2001

Organise Now To Stop The War

SOME POLITICIANS and military leaders now think that Bush and Blair's war against Afghanistan could last for years...

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4 February 2000

Immigration - what's the problem?

Home Secretary Jack Straw's response to the rise in asylum seekers in Britain has been to clamp down on so-called 'fake immigrants.' He suggests that "access to social security cash benefits in Britain acts as an incentive for many seeking a better life."NAOMI BYRON unravels some immigration my...

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21 January 2000

Pinochet

SOCIALIST PARTY member JOHN REID - a regular attender on the 16-month long anti-Pinochet picket - reports on the anger, dismay and sense of betrayal as news was received that Home Secretary Jack Straw was letting the brutal dictator off the hook and allowing him to return to Chile...

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