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1 May 2019

spotSwansea anti-far right protest

A rally by far-right For Britain leader Anne Marie Waters, an openly racist islamophobe and political ally of Tommy Robinson, was held in Swansea on 27 April

1 May 2019

spotWaltham Forest TUC May Day

On 28 April Waltham Forest Trade Union Council hosted two important events in Abbotts Park in Leyton, east London

1 May 2019

spotLeicester: No-cuts budget only way forward

With just five days until polling day, Leicester Socialist Party hosted a public meeting to spell out our plan to fight all austerity cuts if elected to the city council.

1 May 2019

spotWorcester: Fightback against library cuts

The third instalment in the campaign to see off the cuts to services at St John's library, Worcester, took place on 20 April when 30 protesters gathered outside the library itself.

1 May 2019

spotUnion action needed to fight Tory Derbyshire Council cuts

Derbyshire's local government unions must respond with boldness and determination in the face of the Tory-controlled county council's latest round of austerity.

1 May 2019

spotCommunication workers oppose second EU vote, and back new socialist 'Clause IV' for Labour

Postal and telecom workers have voted to campaign against attempts to remain in the neoliberal EU at the 2019 conference of the Communication Workers Union (CWU). Delegates also called for the Labour Party to re-commit to public ownership in its constitution.

1 May 2019

spot300 NHS nurse suicides in seven years - fully fund our health service now!

The NHS crisis has reached horrifying new levels. Over 300 NHS nurses have died by suicide in seven years. In 2014, one nurse a week took their own lives.

1 May 2019

spotPort Talbot steelworks rocked by an explosion - nationalise the plant to save jobs and lives!

In the early hours of 26 April, Port Talbot in south Wales was rocked by a large explosion that residents report sounded like a bomb which could be heard miles away.

1 May 2019

spotBuild a universal safety net - abolish Universal Credit!

Thousands of Universal Credit claimants are not getting the money they are entitled to - and desperately need - without even knowing.

1 May 2019

spotUniversal Credit disaster behind foodbank rise

Universal Credit is being blamed for the record rise in the use of foodbanks as families required them to provide 14 million meals in the last 12 months.

1 May 2019

spotFracking mess

The government's fracking tsar, ex-Labour MP Natascha Engel, has quit six months into the job.

1 May 2019

spotIndia General election shows crying need for independent socialist alternative

The huge exercise of India's 2019 general election is under way across its 29 states and seven Union territories.

1 May 2019

spotScandinavian Airlines walkout disrupts Nordic air travel

Hundreds of flights in Norway, Sweden and Denmark have been cancelled as 1,400 pilots for Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) began strike action on 26 April.

1 May 2019

spotEU elections: Countering Farage's right-wing Brexit Party

Ex-Ukip leader Nigel Farage has launched the Brexit Party to fill the vacuum in British politics for a political party with a definite position to leave the EU amid the Tory meltdown over Brexit and Ukip's implosion.

1 May 2019

spotKnife crime - a product of capitalist misery

Several recent tragic deaths of teenagers in 'knife crime' incidents have raised concerns about the level of violence affecting young people in England and Wales.

1 May 2019

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including the Notre Dame disaster and civil disobedience.

1 May 2019

spotValentine victory: School strike beats council cuts

Teachers and support staff at Valentine Primary School are celebrating an important victory

1 May 2019

spotBuild student unions and walkouts to fight climate change and Trump!

Trump plans to once again visit Britain - on 3-5 June.

1 May 2019

spotLocal elections 2019: Time to stand up and fight the cuts!

Across England, 91% of schools are facing funding cuts. Education is being damaged by Tory austerity. Labour councils could prevent these cuts in their areas by allowing schools to run legal licensed deficits. Instead, Labour councils continue to enforce Tory cuts.

1 May 2019

spotWirral Tories raise spectre of Militant

"Don't let them do to Wirral what Derek Hatton and Militant did to Liverpool last time" was the warning of the Wirral Conservative Group's outrageous and desperate front page advertising wrap, printed for the Wirral Globe on 20 March.

1 May 2019

spotUsdaw ADM 2019

As delegates arrive in Blackpool for the annual conference of Usdaw, the retail and distribution union, many shop workers are facing job losses and worse pay and conditions as the retail crisis deepens.

1 May 2019

spotFrance Telecom: Privatisation in the dock

As chief executive officer of the recently privatised France Telecom (now Orange), Didier Lombard was a 'master of the universe'. And on a salary of €500,000 to boot.

2 May 2019

spotThe significance of the anti-poll tax movement

Following an article in the Guardian by Matthew Taylor titled 'Extinction Rebellion protesters to stand in European elections', Coventry Socialist Party member Dave Nellist responded with a letter to the Guardian

2 May 2019

spotDoncaster NHS pay win shows: strikes can get results!

We can save the NHS: Catering staff at Doncaster Royal Infirmary have won their strike!

8 May 2019

spotLabour launches homelessness campaign

An enthusiastic crowd attended the launch meeting of the new Labour Homelessness Campaign. Left opinion columnist Owen Jones expressed anger that people sleep on the streets in Britain, one of the richest

8 May 2019

spotAlternative housing awards shames bosses

Dressed in tuxedos, managers in social housing organisations arrived at the swanky Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane London on 1 May for a social housing 'awards' ceremony, no tenants invited!

8 May 2019

spotClimate change: We need socialist change

Young people and workers need to build for mass action against Trump - and capitalism - this summer

8 May 2019

spotLocal elections: Tory meltdown but Labour loses ground

Editorial of the Socialist: Corbyn must lead fight against council cuts and promote bold socialist policies

8 May 2019

spotEngland council elections: socialist anti-cuts message chimes with voters

Most importantly, where we were able, we offered a clear no-cuts alternative to the endless austerity of the vast majority of councillors

8 May 2019

spotBolsover elections: Labour's cuts councillors punished by voters

Socialist Party offers fighting alternative: On 2 May Labour lost 14 councillors and control of the council

8 May 2019

spotLeicester elections: "We planted a marker for the future"

"We'll use cash reserves to set a no-cuts budget" was the Leicester Mercury headline when it reported our manifesto for the Leicester mayoral and city council elections

8 May 2019

spotHalton Brook election: support for our policies on doorstep

The Socialist Party came second behind Labour in Halton Brook ward - an increase on 2018 under TUSC

8 May 2019

spotYoung and old, unite and fight!

A new House of Lords report is clearly an attack on pensioner benefits and an attempt to drive a wedge between older and younger people

8 May 2019

spotWater bosses plan to undermine nationalisation: no compensation for fat cats!

It is urgent that water and all utilities are fully nationalised, under democratic workers' control and management

8 May 2019

spotNorthern Ireland: Socialist wins council seat

"I want to help rebuild the labour movement as a real alternative to the dead end of Green and Orange politics"

8 May 2019

spotThem & Us

It's one world for the bosses, and another for the rest of us. Fat cat pay; rail deregulation.

8 May 2019

spotUnions must back a general election and oppose bosses' EU

Unite and the CWU played a key role in defeating advocates of a 'people's vote' on the Labour NEC

8 May 2019

spotPCS union: listen to members, link the campaigns - we can win fight on pay

"It is important that we continue to campaign, but in doing so fully analyse and dissect what went well and what didn't"

8 May 2019

spotUsdaw union conference demands action on pay, jobs and the right

With almost a year since the departure of Blairite general secretary John Hannett, this year's Usdaw conference feels different

8 May 2019

spotUCU general secretary election: fight for a left leadership!

We in the Socialist Party would have preferred one left candidate, but it's possible to avoid the right winning - provided we use both votes to support both 'Jos'!

8 May 2019

spotAsda workers protest against attacks on paid breaks and bank holiday working

GMB union reps and activists from across the country came to protest outside Asda House in Leeds against the company's proposals to forcibly move what staff remain on other contracts onto 'Contract 6'

8 May 2019

spotWoolwich Ferry staff to strike over pay and safety

Workers who operate London's Woolwich Ferry are to strike for ten days in a dispute over pay, safety, and staffing

8 May 2019

spotSpanish elections - new upheavals underline need for a revolutionary socialist alternative

To celebrate the defeat of the right and proclaim a "left victory" is not enough. The right and far right have not gone away

8 May 2019

spotSocialist vision at Leeds May Day rally

"If we want a society that doesn't destroy our planet, then it is up to us, working-class people, to come together and fight for it"

8 May 2019

spotSequel to 'A Very British Coup' - workers' struggle, not bosses' EU and media, is route to socialism

Fiction - The Friends of Harry Perkins: Chris Mullin released a sequel to his highly acclaimed novel in March

8 May 2019

spot'Line of Duty' - twists and turns as organised crime meets police corruption

TV: 'Line of Duty' is a work of fiction - so undercover police officers are not targeting trade unions and environmental campaigns

8 May 2019

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors. EDF rip-off, pay day penury, Rouse, Ye Women!

8 May 2019

spotNewham gas workers to strike

The council's proposed rota could leave up to 42 weeks a year without a manager having gas knowledge to deal with emergencies

8 May 2019

spotHull dinner ladies protest against loss of week's pay

I was told by one dinner lady that they face a week's loss in pay, from a four-day delay due to changes in their payment schedule

8 May 2019

spotRadiographers' union slams professional costs

Socialist Party delegates took part in the Society of Radiographers conference, and have set up a group for activists in the union

10 May 2019

spotMitie workers striking against poverty pay

Workers employed by Mitie at Sellafield are living in poverty after working all week

15 May 2019

spotBirmingham home care strikers close to victory!

Just as we go to press, Birmingham Socialist Party members have learnt that the city's home care workers could be on the verge of claiming victory in their 20-month-long dispute against Birmingham Council.

15 May 2019

spotNewham gas workers' strike threat

Newham's Labour council had unilaterally withdrawn call-out payments from gas safety managers. But the east London borough backed down on the eve of strike action.

15 May 2019

spotTake the wealth off the super-rich

The top 1,000 wealthiest individuals and families in Britain are sitting on a record £771.3 billion, up £47.8 billion in a year. This astonishing fact is in this year's Sunday Times Rich List.

15 May 2019

spotPrivatisers sue NHS - kick out the fat cats and fully nationalise our health service!

A private company is taking the NHS to court, because its contract to run Nottingham University Hospital's outpatient-treatment centre was not renewed.

15 May 2019

spotWorkload-related mistakes by GPs on the rise - health unions need to fight back

After nearly a decade of Tory austerity and attacks on the NHS, it comes as no surprise that a Panorama investigation found that GPs are making mistakes due to workload. A majority of GPs admit seeing considerably more patients in a day than is considered safe.

15 May 2019

spotKnife crime tragedy linked to council cuts

In my home city of Birmingham there have been over 270 knife crimes so far this year. West Midlands Police report an 87% increase since 2013-2014.

15 May 2019

spotThem & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us.

15 May 2019

spotEnd high-stakes testing in primary schools: build the boycott ballot!

National Education Union (NEU) members in primary schools will vote in an online indicative ballot from 4 June, towards a boycott of all high-stakes 'summative' testing for 2019-20.

15 May 2019

spotRevolution and counter-revolution in Sudan

The overthrow of Omar al-Bashir by the Sudanese masses on 11 April is one of the most momentous events in the modern history of the country, the continent and the Middle East. It has simultaneously inspired the masses throughout Africa and instilled fear in despotic regimes in the region.

15 May 2019

spotTrump UK visit: Protest against the billionaire bigot

Portsmouth will not be welcoming President Trump for an official state visit on 5 June. And where the leader of the richest capitalist nation in the world is not met with hatred or despair then he is met with ridicule.

15 May 2019

spotPalestinian solidarity demo

Several thousand protesters including Palestinians, Muslim organisations, the Socialist Party and other left-wing groups marched through central London on 11 May to mark Nakba Day.

15 May 2019

spotProfit system rapidly destroying environment

On 6 May, one of the most ambitious reports into climate change ever undertaken - the United Nation's Global Assessment Report on biodiversity - was released.

15 May 2019

spotMay 1649 - the Last Stand of the Levellers

In the latter part of the English Civil War in the mid-seventeenth century, the hopes of those who wanted the war against the king and the great landowners to bring fundamental change for the mass of ordinary people were being dashed.

15 May 2019

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including Tommy Robinson, the Meadow Well riots and BT bosses.

15 May 2019

spotPCS union officialdom splits vote, removes Chris Baugh - but is still rejected by members

Socialist Party members in civil service union PCS are disappointed to announce that Chris Baugh did not get re-elected to the position of PCS assistant general secretary

15 May 2019

spotBosses fear revolt against capitalism



"There is a real question about whether democratic capitalism is working, when it is only working for part of the population". This was the warning of capitalist economist Angus Deaton launching his review on inequality in Britain.

15 May 2019

spotHonda bosses confirm closure: Unite must signal it will fight

Car workers in Swindon are reeling from the confirmation that the Honda plant will close

15 May 2019

spotUnited on need for fightback - now keep pressure on for action

The annual delegate meeting of retail and distribution union Usdaw turned a corner this year

15 May 2019

spotSocialist policies needed to halt climate disaster

People are rightly demanding that government and councils take immediate measures to reduce CO2 emissions.

21 May 2019

spotNigeria: Action needed to free Abiodun Bamigboye!

Update 22.5.19: Abiodun, a member of Democratic Socialist Movement in Nigeria, has now been released

22 May 2019

spotMay ends in June! Boot out the Tories!

We call on Corbyn: fight for a general election on socialist policies

May’s a goner! We face a summer Tory leadership contest but we need a general election to get the Tories Out!

22 May 2019

spotBritish Steel threatened closure

The private steel producer could go under, threatening 5,000 jobs at its Scunthorpe and Teesside plants and a further 20,000 jobs in the supply chain

22 May 2019

spotLifting the mood

After a week of sunshine on Tyneside it was grizzly rain on Saturday 18 May. It was tempting to just call off our regular public sale of the Socialist and go for a coffee. Fortunately we didn't... and

22 May 2019

spotSocialist sales boost

Three members of Worcester Socialist Party branch took advantage of the article on our campaign to save a local library in the Socialist (Issue 1040), writes Ruthie McNally, Worcester Socialist Party.

22 May 2019

spotPouring cold water on the Riverside estate

Barking Reach Residents Association was out conducting a survey of heating and hot water issues. As we walked into the pleasant grounds of Robert Lewis House on the Barking Riverside estate, east London,

22 May 2019

spotOpinion: socialists must link climate struggle to power of organised workers

I attended a meeting organised by the Socialist Workers Party (SWP). It was billed as a debate between them, Friends of the Earth and Extinction Rebellion (XR), writes Wayne Scott, Socialist Party Scotland.

22 May 2019

spotWhat lies behind the US-China trade war?

The stakes have been raised in the increasingly ill-tempered and rapidly escalating trade war

22 May 2019

spotSri Lanka - Ten years after the brutal end of the war

Thirty years of war in Sri Lanka came to a brutal end on 18 May 2009. In their final act of barbarity Sri Lankan government forces surrounded over 300,000 people fleeing the war, forced them into a tiny lagoon called Mullivaikal and bombarded them.

22 May 2019

spotReject Alabama abortion ban

Alabama legislators have passed a bill that makes it a felony for a doctor to perform or attempt to perform an abortion. They even denied an amendment allowing exemptions for cases of rape and incest.

22 May 2019

spotLabour's nationalisation plan: What policies are needed to avert climate catastrophe?

Jeremy Corbyn has announced a 'Green Industrial Revolution.' The plans include nationalising the gas and electricity supply - taking the National Grid into public ownership.

22 May 2019

spotFantastic RMT London Underground victory

The RMT transport union has scored a fantastic victory in the fight against cuts on London Underground. Members of the Fleet maintenance branch recorded a marvellous ballot result that easily met the new anti-union thresholds and announced strike action over three days from 17-19 May.

22 May 2019

spotWoolwich ferry workers begin ten days of strike action

Unite the Union members employed by Briggs Marine - which has the contract to run the Woolwich Ferry on behalf of Transport for London (TfL) - have begun ten days of strike action.

22 May 2019

spotWorkplace news in brief

Short stories of workplace struggles including DWP and blood courier strikes and the NSSN conference.

22 May 2019

spotThe Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors.

22 May 2019

spotDay of action against cuts to special needs education

It is a measure of a society's progress as to how it treats its most vulnerable members. Applying that measure to special educational needs funding - we are heading back to the Stone Age.

22 May 2019

spotWorcester Tories stonewall action on climate change

Over 100 climate change activists lobbied Worcestershire County Council on 16 May to demand emergency action to save the planet.

22 May 2019

spotAnger and frustration at the establishment

The mood on the streets was reflected on our Socialist Party 'Defend the National Health Service' stall in Newton Abbot, Devon, on 18 May.

22 May 2019

spotHaringey: Socialists' stance fully vindicated

Barbara Blake was one of three right-wing Blairite Labour candidates to stand for the ward of Seven Sisters, Haringey, north London, during the 2018 council elections.

22 May 2019

spotDomestic abuse accommodation: Tories shift - but safety is more than a bed

The government has announced new changes to place a legal duty on local authorities to deliver 'accommodation-based services' to victims of domestic violence.

22 May 2019

spotUnite young members' conference

On 18-19 May myself and 60 other delegates made the journey to Eastbourne, for the national young members conference of Unite the Union. This event shone a light on the attitude of many young workers towards capitalism and building fighting trade unions.

22 May 2019

spotMorrisons workers reject pay offer

The 17 May could be an historic moment for Morrisons workers. It is now time for our union Usdaw, the shop workers' union, to dig deep and come out on top.

22 May 2019

spotHome carers victory

The Birmingham home carers' 20-month long dispute has ended in victory

22 May 2019

spotWorkers celebrate renationalisation

Probation workers are celebrating a famous victory: All case management in England and Wales will be renationalised from spring 2021.

23 May 2019

spotWarning lights flashing for Corbynism

The promise of the Corbyn insurgency that began in 2015 is in danger. The triumph of the left-wing backbench outsider in the Labour leadership election four years ago opened up the prospect of overturning Tony Blair's 1990s transmutation of the Labour Party into New Labour.

23 May 2019

spot4 June - Walk out against Trump! Climate criminal not welcome

The monthly climate actions have been hugely successful with tens of thousands of students walking out of British schools, colleges and universities

24 May 2019

spotSave steel jobs: Demand socialist nationalisation

British Steel, the UK's second biggest steel firm, has been taken into compulsory liquidation

29 May 2019

spotTrump out - Tories out!

Tens of thousands will take to the streets of London on 4 June to protest against Trump's visit

29 May 2019

spotEuro-elections in Scotland and Wales

Labour punished by working class over Brexit fudge, cuts and national question

29 May 2019

spotIndia: Modi victory - Socialist fightback needed

India's general election has returned Narendra Modi's far-right, Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party to government

29 May 2019

spotEuro elections 2019 - Across Europe

Populist right and Greens make gains: As the European ruling classes feared, the Euro elections have confirmed the turmoil that exists throughout the continent

29 May 2019

spotBlistering UN report condemns Tory austerity - workers' action can end it

The role of pro-market policies is clearly exposed as creating "a digital and sanitised version of the 19th-century workhouse, made infamous by Charles Dickens"

29 May 2019

spotThem & us

It's one world for the bosses and another for the rest of us. Queen backs EU; pensioners forced to work

29 May 2019

spotDetermined nuclear workers' industrial action continues

The confidence and determination of the Mitie workers at Sellafield is rising

29 May 2019

spotThe Green New Deal we need is socialism

A socialist Green New Deal would mean nationalising the economy's energy giants and other commanding heights

29 May 2019

spotKirkby factory workers walk out over unfair dismissal

The strike has gained support from local activists and has now lasted over a week

29 May 2019

spotWales train fleet workers to strike against transfer to private company

RMT transport union members in train fleet maintenance in Wales are planning to strike against a threat to their job security, pensions, pay and terms and conditions

29 May 2019

spotFight the far-right - fight for socialist policies

Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, aka Tommy Robinson, attempted to hold a Euro-election rally in the Bootle Dock area on 19 May

29 May 2019

spotTeignmouth: hands off our community hospital!

Teignmouth took to the streets again protesting against the threatened closure of our community hospital

29 May 2019

spotBirmingham Pride - revitalising political struggle

Pride should be used to fight back against oppression and as a platform to promote socialist policies

29 May 2019

spotThe unheard voices of Gosport

Why I joined the Socialist Party: "I've been speaking with some others of my generation in Gosport to discuss what is happening and what should happen"

29 May 2019

spotObituary: Pauline Dunlop (1947-2019)

Pauline was a stalwart Militant-supporting Labour councillor in the 1980s struggle to defend Liverpool from Thatcherism

29 May 2019

spotObituary: John Boots (1942-2019)

John first became politically active during the great anti-poll tax movement of the 1990s

29 May 2019

spotVictimised school student climate striker speaks out

After Friday's (24 May) climate change protest we were contacted by a school student concerned that students from her school will face sanctions for striking, writes Elaine Brunskill, secretary, Socialist Party Northern region.

29 May 2019

spotTories smashed in Euros - Now get them out



Tory prime minister Theresa May is going. With ten leadership candidates announced and rising, the nasty party is tearing itself apart before our eyes

30 May 2019

spotFighting to stop school meals privatisation

Barnsley Unison is campaigning to stop 220 jobs being moved into the private sector

31 May 2019

spotMitie strikers at Sellafield with copies of the Socialist, 7.6.19, photo by Robert Charlesworth

Mitie strikers at Sellafield with copies of the Socialist, 7.6.19, photo by Robert Charlesworth

Mitie strikers at Sellafield with copies of the Socialist, 7.6.19, photo by Robert Charlesworth

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