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From The Socialist newspaper, 14 July 2021

Socialist Party meetings say: We're ready to go out and campaign

Southern and South East

Southern and South East Socialist Party regional conference

Southern and South East Socialist Party regional conference   (Click to enlarge)

50 people came to our meeting on 11 July, either in person or via Zoom. Socialist Party general secretary Hannah Sell led the opening discussion. Hannah congratulated the party for not just surviving lockdown, but adapting.

We could have easily declined into an online discussion group instead of an active, campaigning party. In fact, we have been far from inert.

We have supported strikes and stood in local elections. And all of this was done while following Covid guidelines.

The atmosphere was hopeful and focused. We have a new Socialist Party branch in Chichester, and during the conference over 2,000 was donated to the party. Immediately, we're helping Paul Couchman in his election campaign in Staines.

The new book by Peter Taaffe - The Struggle for World Socialism - was also launched. Individual branches are looking to organise their own launches of the book.

So much was discussed that the overrun of the conference meant the only thing missing from the day was time to sing the international workers' song, the Internationale. Although, I suspect that a few members would have preferred 'three lions' at that point.

Joe Mott, Brighton Socialist Party

West Midlands

Our meeting for Socialist Party members in the West Midlands on 10 June highlighted that, despite the many challenges of the pandemic, the Socialist Party has flourished.

This was shown by the many new faces at the meeting, several of whom spoke in the discussion. 60 people attended in person and on Zoom.

We touched on how trade union membership has grown during the pandemic, and the huge potential for further workers' struggles as people return to the workplace.

A Stafford Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate said how proud she was to have increased her vote from the last time she stood. TUSC is putting forward a people's budget, including in Birmingham - the largest local authority in Europe - where all council seats are up for grabs next year.

A Birmingham student said people attended open-air Socialist Party meetings in all weathers. This meeting raised over 800 in donations, thanks to the generosity of everyone attending.

Akila, Birmingham South Socialist Party

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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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In The Socialist 14 July 2021:


NHS

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Scrap the privatising health and care bill

Tories threaten to axe free prescriptions for older workers


Covid

We cannot trust this government over Covid: Fight for a new workers' party

Trade unions must continue the fight for Covid safety


LGBTQ+

Pride is protest - Build a mass movement for LGBTQ+ liberation and socialism

LGBTQ+ workers' charter


Workplace news

Dagenham school workers strike against 'fire and rehire' pay cuts

St Mungo's strikers end 12-week strike

Telecoms workers angry at CWU deal with BT

GKN Birmingham workers rally against plant closure

Brush workers into eighth week of strike

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International

New wave of radicalisation in Latin America

Putting the Olympic gravy train ahead of public health

Kazakhstan: Solidarity with protesters attacked by regime forces


News

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Defend the triple lock - Fight to end poverty pensions

Wealth chasm widens

Right-wing study concludes youth like socialism


Campaigns

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We need councillors who will end housing crisis - vote TUSC in Staines on 22 July

Stop Pimlico gentrification

Why I joined the Socialist Party

Everyone can spot Socialist Party in Stoke

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Readers' opinion

England football team

Farewell Leicester Square - the story of Britain's first black bus driver

Readers' comments


 

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