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17 January 2018
If a new round of pro-academy Blairite councillors are selected, then campaigners may feel there is no choice but to stand against them in May
10 January 2018
"Why would we want more privatisation?!" This is how the National Education Union (NEU) rep at Cumberland school in Newham, East London, closed the picket line meeting to stop the school becoming an academy.
21 December 2017
Avenue School was in near-total shutdown on 14 December, its second strike day in opposition to becoming a quasi-privatised 'academy'
13 December 2017
Strike action at Outside Avenue primary school in Newham, east London, against turning the school into an academy continues on 14 December following a mass picket of 80 teachers, parents and children during the previous strike on 29 November
6 December 2017
Outside Avenue Primary School parents and the community stood with school staff striking against becoming an academy on 29 November
1 November 2017
Handouts for sexist charity v cuts to women's refuges. Big pharma sues NHS while doctors plead for medicine.
30 August 2017
Newham's private housing sector is notorious for illegal conversions, overcrowding, unsafe wiring, atrocious fire safety, damp, poor heating and infestation
28 June 2017
Anger over the death in police custody of another young black man erupted onto the streets of east London on 25 June
8 May 2017
Tenants refuse to pay outrageous 40% rent increase
12 April 2017
Newham Community Cinema held a showing of Ken Loach's film 'I, Daniel Blake' on 8 April. On behalf of East London Socialist Party branch I was asked to introduce the film.
5 April 2017
'Keyworker' tenants of the housing association One Housing in Newham, east London, have been hit by a 40% price hike.
1 February 2017
One Newham council worker could lose £6,000 and lose his home if the £1.8 million cut to workers' wages goes ahead. The all-Labour council, led by mayor Sir Robin Wales who earns £81,000 a year, had a whopping £161 million in general reserves in 2015-16.
7 December 2016
The all-Labour council in Newham, east London, is threatening to sack up to 1,300 of its workforce.
23 November 2016
"I would like to vote, because I want a say in how my life is run and I know more than many who do!" This was one of the responses when I asked a room of 12-year-olds if they would like the right to vote.
17 February 2016
In Tower Hamlets on 17 February a second People's Budget meeting is being held jointly between the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition and the Tower Hamlets Independent group of councillors.
17 February 2016
Evictions in England and Wales reached a record high last year as over 170 people lost their homes every day.
3 February 2016
Around 80 people gathered in Stratford, east London, to hear shadow chancellor John McDonnell speak alongside Kevin Courtney, NUT deputy general secretary, local MP Lyn Brown, Newham councillors and local union activists, writes Ben Robinson, East London Socialist Party.
27 January 2016
Socialist Party members argued for East London Momentum to support no-cuts 'people's budget' proposals, as well as establishing mechanisms for democratic reselection of MPs. This latter point was taken up without disagreement.
4 November 2015
The government's Housing and Planning Bill is the greatest ever threat to the UK's 836 housing cooperatives and their 196,000 homes.
25 March 2015
Join the socialist fightback! The Socialist Party's central message in the 2015 elections is this: austerity is not necessary and there is an alternative - a socialist alternative
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