Kirklees council cuts protest. Photo: Iain Dalton
Kirklees council cuts protest. Photo: Iain Dalton

Louie Fulton, Leeds and West Yorkshire Socialist Party

The Socialist Party hosted a public meeting in Huddersfield, as a follow up to our campaigning to stop the cuts proposed by the Labour council in Kirklees, and against the war in Gaza.

Seven people were attending a Socialist Party meeting for the first time, after finding out about us via campaigning around Huddersfield.

For many attending, this was the first time they had been able to discuss a socialist view on these issues. A discussion arose about what the trade unions can do to help fight back.

One attendee had just joined the Socialist Party and another agreed to join at the meeting (see ‘Why I joined the Socialist Party – standing together we are stronger’). Many agreed to another meeting in the new year, and are ready to actively participate in campaigns in the area.

Organising in a union

There was a discussion between a few attendees after the meeting, about how to organise a union in your workplace, and participating in campaigns and in the unions. We shared our experiences, and Socialist Party members offered advice.

Our success shows the importance of organising meetings, and campaigning for them in different areas to reach new people who have been looking for a party that represents them and their communities.