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26 July 2017

From Militant to the Socialist Party - what you thought

On 4 July Birmingham South East Socialist Party branch discussed the new book From Militant to the Socialist Party by Peter Taaffe.

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5 July 2017

From Militant to the Socialist Party - what you thought

Like many people who eagerly pre-ordered From Militant to the Socialist Party I have enjoyed reading its 600-odd pages

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28 June 2017

From Militant to the Socialist Party - what you thought

"Well I have finished it! I have completed reading the marvellous book From Militant to the Socialist Party. What an absolutely brilliant read, remembering some of the events I was involved in, writes Jimmy Haddow.

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14 June 2017

From Militant to the Socialist Party

The general election was a choice for those opposed to Tory austerity, writes By Peter Taaffe general secretary Socialist Party.

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22 March 2017

Livingstone's smear of Militant

Former mayor of London Ken Livingstone has accused Militant, now the Socialist Party, of bigoted political positions. Socialist Party deputy general secretary Hannah Sell demands the right to reply

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22 August 2016

Russia Today interviews Peter Taaffe and Tony Mulhearn

Video: part of a report on the origins of the Militant tendency.

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Militant supporters march against the poll tax, photo by Steve Gardner

17 August 2016

Lessons of Militant - vital for struggles today

Michael Crick's book 'Militant' was first published in 1984. Why has it now been re-issued 32 years later? For the very same reason that it was published in the first place: to provide ammunition for attacking the emerging left, writes Peter Taaffe.

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16 August 2016

A reply to Guardian writer John Harris

Under the headline 'If Trotskyists are on the march there's chaos ahead', John Harris wrote an article in the Guardian on 12.8.16 attacking Militant and the Socialist Party

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16 August 2016

Guardian letter explains the success of the Labour Party Young Socialists

The following letter was published in the Guardian on 15.8.16 by former editor of the Labour Party Young Socialists (LPYS) paper and Socialist Party member Bob Labi explaining the success of the Militant-led LPYS and the role of Tom Watson in shutting it down

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17 February 2016

If I had been in 1980s Labour, I'd have supported Militant

Featured letter: I joined the Labour Party in 1995 as a 20-year-old student. Most if not all of Militant (then in Labour, now called the Socialist Party) had already been expelled or had resigned from Labour, writes Richard Price, Gloucestershire Socialist Party.

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30 September 2015

Lessons from the past: Liverpool City Council 1983-87

From 1983 to 1987 Liverpool was led by supporters of Militant (predecessor of the Socialist), who at the time were members of the Labour Party. When faced with cuts from central government, they refused to pass them on.

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Militant issue 1307 advertising the launching of The Socialist

19 August 2015

The Labour Party, Militant and 'infiltration'

In fury at the popularity of Jeremy Corbyn's Labour leadership campaign, right wing politicians and media alike have been referring to 'infiltration' of the Labour Party by Militant supporters. Militant was the predecessor of the Socialist Party - whose supporters in the past were members of the Labour Party.

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Militant supporters march against the poll tax, photo Steve Gardner

22 October 2014

50 years of socialist ideas and workers' struggle

Anniversary of the first issue of Militant: When we started publishing Militant, the Socialist's predecessor, in October 1964, few of our political opponents expected that we would not only continue publication for 50 years, but become an important factor in subsequent battles of the labour movement

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25 September 2013

Book review: Militant Liverpool - A City on the Edge

Between 1983 and 1987 Liverpool's Labour council, then led by socialists, refused to transfer the burden of Tory government cuts, introduced by Margaret Thatcher, onto the backs of Liverpool's working people

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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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27 July 2006

Militant pioneer dies

Ted Grant 1913-2006: TED GRANT, one of the founders of Militant, the forerunner of the Socialist Party, has died at the age of 93 in London, writes Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary.

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7 April 2005

Militant turned socialism into reality

The following article by Socialist Party member Tony Mulhearn appeared in the Liverpool Daily Post on 24 March commemorating the struggle 20 years ago of socialists in the leadership of the Liverpool L...

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8 November 2002

True Spies

DAVID SHAYLER has been given a six-month prison sentence on charges that he acted illegally in blowing the whistle on the undemocratic and murderous activities of Britain's secret state, writes Ken Smith.

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18 October 2002

Letter to The Observer

If Militant (now the Socialist Party) had really been a "sect" and "loathed by voters and most people in the Labour Party" (Andrew Rawnsley, The Observer, 13 October 2002) we would not have generated as much interest from journalists like him nor would I have been interviewed in the 1980s on TV

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8 February 2002

Militant Tendency Shows The Way

IN HIS speech to New Labour's local government conference, Tony Blair attacked as "wreckers" anyone who opposes his privatisation plans and compared them to the Militant Tendency (forerunner of the Socialist Party)

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