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From The Socialist newspaper, 28 November 2006

Collection a big success

ONCE AGAIN the finance collection at the Socialism Rally was a highlight of the weekend. A magnificent 30,873.44 was donated which was even more than the collection last year.

Jackie Grunsell, recently elected Save Our NHS councillor in Huddersfield urged everyone to donate to the collection. She described the dread that many families feel in the run-up to Christmas trying to provide the 'idealised Christmas.'

We were reminded of the working class families who had been saving for Christmas with Farepak and had lost all their money. Compare this to the millions being paid out in City bonuses. "For big business it's Christmas every day as they buy up our private services."

Socialist Party members have given a lead on the NHS battles at Whipps Cross, Huddersfield and other areas compare this to the ineptitude of the trade union leaders.

Those at the rally showed their determination to support the Socialist Party in it's current campaigns and to build a socialist future by their response to the finance appeal. One UNISON member donated 500 and a young member sent a note with his donation of 10: "Been unemployed for five months and have not got my first wage yet!"

Another member donated 10,000, having recently inherited some money. A Hackney member donated half their winter fuel allowance (100). One of our members brought along 50 for the collection - his retired next door neighbour had popped it through his letterbox, as she could not make the rally.

Branches had also clubbed together - Camden members donated 1,000, Huddersfield 2,812, Stevenage 1,690 and Brighton 1,005. Unfortunately, there is not enough room to print all the branch or individual donations but every amount, however small is greatly appreciated.

This year's appeal is not only going to our fighting fund but also to help with our international work and to start a print fund for new equipment. Those who attended the weekend of Socialism participated in discussions and debates about fighting cuts in the NHS, getting rid of tuition fees, international struggles, socialism in today's world and the need for a new workers' party.

We always explain that we need more people to join us and get involved in the Socialist Party but finances are also crucial to sustain our party and to ensure we have the resources to continue our campaigning work. Many thanks to all those who donated - every penny will be accounted for and will go towards the struggle for socialism. 412

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In The Socialist 28 November 2006:

Public health not private profit

Nurses against 'natural wastage'

Swansea says no closures

Ipswich campaign saves nurses' jobs

Pensioners lead the way


Socialism 2006

Socialism 2006 main rally

Films show a world of rising struggles

Socialist Party youth rally

Socialism 2006: a great success

Collection a big success

Socialism 2006 closing rally: defend the NHS

Sri Lanka


Education

Stop the fat cats! No to Cutbacks! Fight tuition fees!


New Socialist Party publication

Marxism in Today's World


The Socialist Interview

Can Labour be reclaimed?


Homelessness Feature

Homelessness: Privatising the problem


International socialist news

Worldwide protests at MP's murder

Leicester protest

Thatcher's monetarist guru dies

Prodi government under siege

US rages but Ortega's victory is no revolution


Socialist Party news and analysis

Queen's speech says 'work till you drop'

Lincoln organises against the far right


Socialist Party workplace news

Local government pensions: We're no April fools!

Disciplinary action against UNISON secretary

JJB Sports workers score a victory

Fujitsu on strike


 

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