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From The Socialist newspaper, 21 April 2021

Socialist Party northern region meeting spurs on election campaigns

Brighton TUSC on the march. Photo: Brighton Socialist Party

Brighton TUSC on the march. Photo: Brighton Socialist Party   (Click to enlarge)

Matthew Collerton
Newcastle Socialist Party

On Wednesday 14 April, the Socialist Party northern region held a public meeting to discuss the need for socialists in our local councils. Hannah Sell, the Socialist Party general secretary, introduced the discussion with a fierce critical analysis, demonstrating how even a single councillor putting forward a socialist, working-class alternative could act as a catalyst to build a mass movement for change.

After Hannah spoke, a fighting fund appeal was made. This galvanised attendees who generously pledged a total of 710 in donations, including five people who matched a 50 contribution made by Socialist Party member Wilf. The speaker spurred a mood of resilience at a crucial time as we continue with our local election campaigns, and the money raised will go towards building this movement and providing materials so our campaign can be as effective and far reaching as possible.

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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
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