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Four new, young recruits joined Reading Socialist Party's ranks after a recent meeting on Syriza's election in Greece. A total of half a dozen enthusiastic new young people attended the lively discussion alongside current members. We paid particular attention to the mass strike movements that paved the way for this anti-austerity breakthrough. Our new members aim to form Socialist Students group at Reading University.
John Gillman, Reading Socialist Party
Public pressure has saved Derby's Moorways swimming pools for another year (see previous issues or www.socialistparty.org.uk). After 6,000 residents signed an online petition, Derby council has found the £340,000 needed to keep the centre open. Apparently the funds come from senior management restructuring.
The Save Moorways Campaign and Derby TUSC have been central to pressuring the Labour council. We need to keep the pressure up to make sure it doesn't close in a year's time. Derby TUSC will be standing for election in May to fight for Moorways, and against all cuts in the city.
Chris Fernandez, Derby TUSC
Socialist Party members from Hereford and Worcester sold out of the Socialist on 7 February. Enthusiasm for the Greek election victory meant our campaign stall in Kidderminster had people queueing four deep at times! We shifted 50 copies of the Socialist and raised £20 fighting fund. We also met a number of new volunteers who want to help with our TUSC campaign. We're hoping to hold weekly stalls there in future.
Worcester members also raised £35 towards fighting fund at the recent West Midlands Socialist Party regional conference by selling vegan food.