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From The Socialist newspaper, 25 August 2005

Lewisham Socialist Party councillors support suspended MSPs

Socialist Party councillors Ian Page and Chris Flood have written to protest at the suspension without pay of four Scottish Socialist Party MSPs. They were defending the right to demonstrate against the G8 summit at Gleneagles, by holding a small protest in the Scottish Parliament. Below is an extract from the letter.

"We are writing as councillors of the London Borough of Lewisham to protest at the decision taken by the Scottish parliament to suspend four Scottish Socialist Party MSPs for the month of September without, according to the reports we have received, giving the MSPs concerned the right to a hearing, appeal, or representation.

.... why did you pursue a completely disproportionate, not to mention, undemocratic, response? The only conclusion we can draw is that this was a political attack on the MSPs and the issue that they were raising in the Scottish parliament - namely, the defence of the right to protest at the G8 Gleneagles summit."

Protests to George Reid, Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament, Queensbury House, Edinburgh EH99 1SP or email: presiding.officer@scottish.parliament.uk

Send copies/messages of support to ssp.glasgow@btconnect.com

Any donations/collections should be made payable to the Scottish Socialist Appeal Fund and posted to Ritchie Venton, SSP, 70 Stanley St, Glasgow G41 1JB or lodged directly into the Coop Bank, Sort Code 08 92 99 account No 65094637.

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