In this issue:
The Socialist 11 May 2006, Victory for NHS campaign
Socialist Party election analysis
Victory for NHS campaign
Socialist Party member and GP, Jackie Grunsell (pictured left with megaphone) scored a spectacular victory in the local elections standing for the Save Huddersfield NHS campaign...
Huddersfield: voters choose a socialist and a fighter!
"We’re voting for Jackie – she’s the only one we trust to fight for our services. All the others have promised us everything and delivered nothing"....
Third socialist councillor elected in Coventry
After a hard fought battle and nail-biting count, the Socialist Party regained a third councillor in St Michaels ward, Coventry. The Labour Party, which had narrowly won the seat two years ago by 16 votes, was defeated by Rob Windsor...
Increased votes for socialism in Lewisham
THE SOCIALIST PARTY councillors, Ian Page and Chris Flood, were both re-elected with increased votes in Lewisham’s Telegraph Hill ward...
Stoke - BNP wins close-run election
The BNP unexpectedly won the Abbey Green Ward in Stoke-on-Trent after a very closely fought election. The betrayal of working-class people by New Labour and the lack of a mass alternative has created fertile ground for the growth...
Excellent results for the Socialist Party
Local elections: A death blow for Blair?
THE 2006 council elections in England have increased the pressure on Tony Blair and New Labour. The results show a continuing and increasing disaffection with the establishment parties. Socialist Party candidates scored some important...
Dangers in Respect's development
RESPECT STOOD over 150 candidates and got 16 elected: 12 in Tower Hamlets, three in Newham and one in Birmingham. The victories of candidates standing against the Iraq war, privatisation and the other neo-liberal attacks of New...
Socialist Party NHS campaign
Stop the threats to the NHS
International socialist news and analysis
Female factory workers in Russia start hunger strike
Six female workers at the 'Kholodmash' factory in Yaroslavl city, Russia, including the leader of the plant's trade union, Olga Boiko, started an "indefinite hunger strike", on 16 May...
Venezuela: Fight for socialism
"THE MOST dangerous man in the region" is US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice's description of Hugo Chávez, Venezuela's president who is visiting London this week, writes Karl Debbaut.
Iraq - the nightmare continues
THE SHOOTING down for the first time of a British military helicopter over the southern Iraq city of Basra last week, in which five servicemen were killed, underlines the growing hostility to the occupying forces in the south of the country...
Germany: 'Unity' at the expense of the working class
In recent months political and social activists in Germany have been gripped by the widely publicised open debate in the WASG (Election Alternative for Work and Social Justice, the anti-neo-liberal party that developed in 2004), writes Robert Bechert, cwi, Berlin, Germany.
Morales takes on 'Big Oil'
Socialist Party workplace news
Postal union rejects pay offer
THE COMMUNICATION Workers' Union (CWU) Postal national executive committee has just overwhelmingly rejected what was termed as Royal Mail's full and final offer and which Royal Mail called "excellent" and "inflation-busting", writes Gary Clark, vice-chair, CWU Scotland No 2 branch.
Student union leaders hide truth about lecturers' action
LECTURERS IN the NATFHE and AUT unions are engaged in a marking boycott at universities across the country. They are struggling for the wage increase that university vice-chancellors said was the main reason for charging students, writes Iain Dalton, Huddersfield Socialist Students.