The Socialist Party took part in the Durham Miners’ Gala, the largest trade union gathering in Europe, on 14 July. Tens of thousands attended the 134th ‘Big Meeting’ which saw the crowds march behind hundreds of trade union banners and other groups like the Liverpool 47 socialist councillors, who fought Thatcher in the 1980s.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn spoke at the rally and pledged a future Labour government would restore trade union rights. Another theme of the gala was opposition to Donald Trump’s visit to Britain that weekend.
The Socialist Party sold 200 copies of the Socialist and met lots of young people interested in joining us.