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Posted on 13 March 2012 at 19:43 GMT

Socialist Party Congress 10-12 March 2012

Socialist Party congress 2012, photo Senan

Socialist Party congress 2012, photo Senan   (Click to enlarge)

In Clacton-on-Sea at the weekend, 295 delegates and visitors took part in a very successful Socialist Party annual congress.

New members at their first ever party congress and more experienced members alike went back to their home areas inspired by the discussions and determined to push on with developing the party's work.

In keeping with the democratic tradition of the party, delegates elected by party members in branches throughout England and Wales discussed and voted on resolutions covering the main political issues in Britain today, and the work of the party in participating in events and building our membership.

Resolutions and amendments had been submitted by the party's national committee and by many of the branches. The resolutions agreed will serve as guidelines for the party's work in the coming year.

Becci Heagney addresses Socialist Party congress 2012, photo Senan

Becci Heagney addresses Socialist Party congress 2012, photo Senan   (Click to enlarge)

As usual, a national committee was elected to lead the work of the party in between this congress and the next.

Indicating great enthusiasm for building the party, over 9,000 was raised for the party's Fighting Fund in a congress appeal, and over 900 a month of increased monthly donations (party members' subs) were pledged.

Welcomed to the congress were a number of visitors from sister sections of the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI), from France, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland Republic as well as some of the leaders and staff of the CWI itself.

Paul Callanan addresses Socialist Party congress 2012, photo Senan

Paul Callanan addresses Socialist Party congress 2012, photo Senan   (Click to enlarge)

Also very welcome were visits to give fraternal addresses (in a personal capacity) by president of the Rail, Maritime and Transport workers' union Alex Gordon, assistant general secretary of the Prison Officers Association Joe Simpson, assistant general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union Chris Baugh, and London regional organiser of the RMT Steve Hedley.

The congress included a moving memorial tribute to former Coventry Socialist Party councillor Rob Windsor, who died on 14th January.

The congress sessions were:


See also

  • World developments show - capitalism is crisis
  • Trade unions and workplaces
  • Britain: working class begins to 'rise like lions'
  • Building the Socialist Party: 'year of the branch'
  • Young, socialist and proud to be!

  • This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 13 March 2012 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.

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