Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1029/28679

From The Socialist newspaper, 13 February 2019

Southampton: Labour plans 15m cuts - vote Socialist in Coxford by-election

Socialist Party member Sue Atkins (above right) is fighting

Socialist Party member Sue Atkins (above right) is fighting   (Click to enlarge)

Sue Atkins, Socialist Party candidate, Southampton council Coxford ward by-election

In Southampton, the Labour council is proposing 15 million cuts to services. They threaten 134 jobs and propose the closure of Glen Lee and Holcroft House, council-run care homes.

There is a crisis in our schools too. Southampton Council faces opposition from the local branches of general union Unite, public service union Unison, and the National Education Union (NEU).

At local schools in Coxford - Sinclair primary school has lost 58,800 - 301 per pupil - between 2012 and 2020.

Oasis Academy Lordshill has lost 343,900 - 566 per pupil - over the same period. That means larger class sizes, cutting subjects like art and music, and losing teaching assistants and admin staff.

Before Christmas, 100 parents, staff and supporters attended an NEU meeting at Valentine Primary School.

Like similar meetings around the city, there was a clear call for an immediate end to further cuts.

Instead of backing further cuts, Southampton Labour should set a legal, balanced, no-cuts budget using the council's reserves and borrowing powers.

We want our 136 million stolen by the government back, and the council must link up with the unions to mobilise a fight for it.

Reverse the cuts and give us back our council homes, our care homes, our day and respite services, our youth service, our council bus service, our home care service, the 1,000 jobs that have gone.

Such a stand would gain huge public support locally and beyond, and put enormous pressure on this weak and divided Tory government.

But right now, Southampton Council is increasingly isolated. There's not a lot of support out there for a council destroying our services.

And there will be consequences. If Labour councillors continue to claim that nothing can be done, they must expect to be challenged at the local elections on 2 May by those prepared to fight.

Furthermore, by doing the dirty work of the Tories, Labour councillors undermine Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity project, and risk failure in a general election.

That is why I am standing in Southampton's Coxford ward by-election on 14 March for the Socialist Party, appearing on the ballot paper as 'Socialist Alternative Putting People First'.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 13 February 2019:


What we think

Corbyn must launch struggle to kick out Blairites and fight for socialist policies


Socialist Party news and analysis

Universal Credit out - Tories out!

Mass pressure wins light sentence for 'Stansted 15'

To end climate change we need to fight for socialist change!

Marx memorial attack shows socialist ideas are on the rise

Them & us


International socialist news and analysis

France: striking workers confront Macron as historic gilets jaunes movement approaches "Act XIV"


Socialist Party feature

Ten years since Lindsey strike: when militant action stopped the 'race to the bottom'


Workplace news and analysis

Victory to Birmingham bin workers

Heroic RMT guards beat back Northern rail in fight against dangerous driver-only operation

Fight for a socialist-led PCS - fight to win the national pay campaign

Glasgow: nationalise the threatened 'Caley' railway depot

Leicester college workers refuse to accept cut in terms and conditions

Enfield: striking against academisation - fighting for a no-cuts budget

Workplace and union news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Southampton: Labour plans 15m cuts - vote Socialist in Coxford by-election

Newham: women's refuge funds halved - Labour must use the 500m reserves

Arrest Brigadier Fernando - defend the right to protest

Why I joined: "why is their life so different from mine?"

New pamphlet: 1919 - Red Flag over the Clyde

Celebrating Robert Burns 1759-1796

'Shac' campaign fights for housing

300 turn out for Corbyn in Nottingham marginal

Liverpool: 200 march to commemorate Robert Tressell

'Spot' conference opposes authoritarianism in Turkey


Opinion

'Green Book' film: a timely reminder of racism in the USA

'Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor': comedy and tragedy judiciously mixed

The Socialist inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 13 February 2019   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Southampton:

triangleTories look in wrong place for climate solutions

triangleBluestar bus drivers' strike over pay

triangleSchools unions must turn anger into a fight against funding catastrophe

triangleSouthampton hospital workers win

triangleValentine victory: School strike beats council cuts

Labour:

triangleThe 'national unity' threat to Corbynism

triangleGeneral election looms... Capitalists in chaos: Fight for socialism

triangleBoot out Boris and all the Tory toffs - fight for socialist policies for the 99% not the 0.1%

triangleEnfield: 100% council homes at Meridian Water!

Election:

triangleTory bribes don't hide destruction of NHS

triangleBoris, Brexit and British capitalism

Cuts:

triangleHereford and Worcester: stop the fire cuts!

triangleIlford: parents and teachers unite against school cuts

Council:

triangleHealth workers strike against 2,000 loss of pay

Socialist Party:

triangleYork Socialist Party: Was Marx right about the economy?

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

21/8/19

Liverpool

Liverpool RMT seafarers protest against super-exploitation

20/8/19

Asda

Workers reject 'Martini' contract

16/8/19

Kashmir

Anger continues to mount over imposition of direct rule

14/8/19

Lincolnshire

Health workers strike against 2,000 loss of pay

14/8/19

Leeds

Leeds estate residents push back private development

14/8/19

Socialist Party Scotland

Dundee: young workers meet

14/8/19

Worcester

Hereford and Worcester: stop the fire cuts!

14/8/19

Far right

Far right seen off at Oxford Circus

14/8/19

Occupation

Harland and Wolff occupation continues - renationalise to save the shipyard

14/8/19

Bradford

Bradford: All-out action to defeat backdoor NHS privatisation

14/8/19

Airport

Summer of airline industry strikes against low pay and worsening conditions

14/8/19

Walthamstow

After the fire: fight for facilities for all

14/8/19

Retail

Fight back against the retail bosses!

12/8/19

Equity

Equity: reject UK Theatre's pay cut deal

6/8/19

Hull

Hull: Karro Food meat processors strike against poverty pay

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07954 376 096

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999