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From The Socialist newspaper, 6 July 2006

Build the Campaign for a New Workers' Party

THE LAUNCH meeting of the Campaign for a New Workers' Party (CNWP) in Liverpool on 28 June attracted 49 people. National CNWP secretary Roger Bannister opened the meeting by saying that the loudest cheers at UNISON conference were for delegates demanding an end to the Labour link.

Youth speaker Alex Waterville explained: "It's time for a party representing all the working class, with all members including young people taking part and valued". New Labour has just attacked the youth, "the New Deal turned out to be a raw deal", while young people have been to the forefront of recent movements including against racism and racist attacks on Merseyside.

Alec McFadden, Merseyside TUC, stressed attacks on trade unions and the rise in racism and the far right, especially the BNP. Alec called for Respect to work together with others on the left, including the CNWP. "I support any project challenging New Labour's Thatcherism".

Tony Mulhearn is a member of the "47 Group" of councillors who were surcharged for their role in Liverpool council's momentous battle with the Thatcher government from 1983 to 1987. Tony said how encouraging the turnout of young people was at the meeting. Previous attempts at stepping-stones towards a new mass party had not measured up.

Developing viable representation for working-class people isn't about individuals or groups abandoning their identity, but about "reaching out to young people, rebuilding the ideas of socialism and solidarity, linking with campaign groups fighting cuts in the NHS... It's about uniting radical forces in a campaign of action."

Socialist Party members highlighted September's New Labour conference as a target for mobilising and building the campaign. Paul Astbury explained the role that a general city-wide working-class organisation could play in bringing together working-class people, as a point of contact for campaigns and action.

Becci Wild explained how to get young people involved. "No-one speaks to young people in language they can understand. We need to respect and encourage youth, to explain what we're talking about. Lots of young people don't understand about Labour and the history of politics, and we have to explain it".

The meeting agreed to another meeting later in July. From there, as Roger said, we can go "to a loose body pursuing concrete objectives". The meeting agreed that we'll aim to each bring another person to it, to get over 100 people turning out. Given the authority of some trade unionists attending the launch, and the enthusiasm of the youth, this is definitely possible.


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In The Socialist 6 July 2006:


Socialist Party NHS campaign

NHS: Not for sale!

Fighting back against cuts and closures

Stop NHS Logistics sell-off

The NHS: What the Socialist Party says


Campaign for a New Workers Party

Public services not private profit

Build the Campaign for a New Workers' Party


Socialist Party youth and students

Young people need a living wage!


Socialist Party campaigns

How the rich became super-rich

Blairites trounced in Labour heartlands

Come to Summer Camp!


International socialist news and analysis

Israeli troops inflict 'collective punishment' on Palestinians

In Brief

'War on terror' undermining our democratic rights

Chile: Who killed Victor Jara?


Socialist Party review

The Wind that Shakes the Barley

The Irish Civil War 1922-1923


Socialist Party workplace news

Royal Mail - turn anger into action

Bus campaign prepares support for striking drivers


 

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