Building the Socialist Party


Over 130 copies of the Socialist were sold at the 2013 Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival in Dorset when petitioning for the TUC to call a 24-hour general strike against austerity. Several people said they would attend the lobby of the TUC congress in Bournemouth.

Thousands of people attended the two-day festival, which remembers the six farm workers who were arrested and exiled to Australia in 1834 for forming a union.

Matt Carey

See full report and photos at: High turnout for Tolpuddle festival

Northern region Socialist Party members raised £23.49 from selling gingerbread bankers to “eat the rich”! Thanks to Chris from Shirley who donated £10 and Tony G from Leeds, who donated £50 saying “Keep up the good work.”


“I really hate the bedroom tax and I want to help your campaign to get rid of it,” said one person who donated £10 to Socialist Party campaigners in Lincoln, despite being affected by the bedroom tax himself. 12 copies of the Socialist were sold on the weekday stall with £47 fighting fund raised in total.

Dave Tompkins

Find out about Socialist Party events near you:

Come to the Socialist Party 2013 Summer Camp

5pm, Friday 23 to 1pm, Monday 26 August – New venue in Ware, Hertfordshire

Discussions and debates every morning and evening • Activities available include climbing wall, archery, zip line, paintball, golf and fishing.• Regular meals cooked each day, available at reasonable prices • Evening burger bar • Camp fire • Quiz night • Live music • Crèche for younger children during discussions • Red Flag Club for older children

Bring along a tent, sleeping bag, plate, cup, bowl, knife, fork and spoon.

Costs (not including food): Waged adult £50; Unwaged £30; Family of 4: £100; Child over 4: £12.50; Deposit £20 per person.

For more information and a booking form ring 020 8988 8782 or email [email protected]