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8 April 2015

Hillsborough inquests: Heartbreak, disbelief and anger

The 26th anniversary of the Hillsborough stadium disaster in Sheffield, when 96 Liverpool football supporters were crushed to death, takes place on 15 April

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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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photo Dave Sinclair

25 March 2015

How we defeated Thatcher's poll tax

25 years since the poll tax battle: The battle against the so-called 'poll tax' was one of the biggest movements of working people against a modern British government. Millions refused to pay; many millions more simply could not afford to pay

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Former striking miners retrace their steps, 30 years to the day since they marched back to Shireoaks colliery, near Worksop. Former Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Notts miners and supporters marked the anniversary., photo J Dale

Former striking miners retrace their steps, 30 years to the day since they marched back to Shireoaks colliery, near Worksop. Former Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Notts miners and supporters marked the anniversary., photo J Dale

11 March 2015

"It wasn't easy, but I wanted to beat Thatcher"

30 years since the end of the miners' strike: Neal Davis, member of Mansfield Socialist Party, spoke to former Shirebrook (north Derbyshire) miner Ronnie Rodgers

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11 March 2015

Spied on by the state and bosses

One of the key industrial battles of the last five years has been the struggle of workers in the construction industry for trade union rights and better terms and conditions, writes Neil Cafferky.

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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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23 February 2015

1982: The 'Militant' debates with Austin Mitchell

A television debate in Blackpool during the 1982 Labour Party conference brought together MP Austin Mitchell and prospective parliamentary candidate John Spellar, debating with editor of the Militant, Peter Taaffe, and prospective parliamentary candidate for Liverpool Toxteth, Tony Mulhearn

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Miners and their families, photo D Pearson

Miners and their families, photo D Pearson

4 February 2015

Miners' strike: vibrant array of support groups

The great 1984-85 miners' strike ended 30 years ago next month. Dave Beale, chair of Chorley and Coppull Miners' Support Committee in Lancashire during the strike, explains the vital role of support

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12 November 2014

Heulwen Davies 1960-2014

Heulwen Davies passed away suddenly on 30 October after suffering a stroke and then a heart attack while out walking, one of her favourite pastimes

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12 November 2014

Letter to Radio 4 re Militant and Liverpool

I listened very carefully to the Radio 4 programme on Militant and Liverpool. To a new listener it would appear to be fairly balanced. However, I must take you up on the time given to the Baron (Kinnock)

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Benny Adams (left)

Benny Adams (left)

5 November 2014

Benny Adams

Benny Adams died after a long illness on 6 October, aged 65. Benny was active in Militant, the Socialist Party's forerunner, in Northern Ireland from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s

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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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20 October 2014

Kevin Maguire's mistaken comparison

I share Kevin Maguire's revulsion at South Tyneside council's threat to lop off 5,000 of the pay of nursery nurses, particularly as the fat cats continue to pile up fabulous wealth

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15 October 2014

Subscribe to the Socialist!

This year, we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Socialist and its predecessor Militant. We are proud of our record of reporting on the struggles and views of workers ignored by the rest of the press

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15 October 2014

How a mass campaign stopped the cuts

The lessons of Liverpool's socialist council 1983-87: Despite crying crocodile tears, Labour-run councils throughout Britain have implemented devastating government cuts in jobs and public services - in some cases with enthusiasm, alienating many working class Labour voters

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14 October 2014

Leeds rally: 50 years since Militant's launch

Packing out the room with chairs in literally every space available, 75 people from across Yorkshire came to a rally on Thursday 9th October in Leeds to celebrate 50 years since the launch of Militant in October 1964

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7 October 2014

Andrew Price: Fighter, teacher, party campaigner

An inspirational figure and tenacious fighter

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24 September 2014

Tony Benn: Will and testament

Film review: Matt Kilsby reviews 'Tony Benn: Will and Testament'

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9 July 2014

Robert Service's historical prejudice on Liverpool

Tony Mulhearn, one of the 47 heroic Liverpool city councillors who fought Tory prime minister Margaret Thatcher's cuts in the 1980s, sent the letter below to the Observer after Robert Service reviewed Tristam Hunt's book "Ten Cities That Made an Empire" on 8 June

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2 July 2014

Obituary: Ian Whyles - miner, socialist and class fighter

Ian Whyles, a member of the Socialist Party and its predecessor Militant for 34 years, has died aged 78, writes Jon Dale.

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