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The Socialist issue 761

17 April 2013

We can beat the bedroom tax

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The Socialist issue 761

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Socialist Party news and analysis

spotNUS conference votes against free education and EMA

spotClass survey diverts focus away from power of working class to change society

spotWidespread caste discrimination ignored in the UK

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotDoncaster: fighting for a working class mayor on a workers’ wage

Monday 8 April: “The day Thatcher died!” Doncaster has 225,000 voters concentrated in the town and several outlying ex-mining villages…

Mary and TUSC out campaigning against the Bedroom Tax and NHS Privatisation in Bentley this morning. We had a great response and lots took Mary's poster for their windows!, photo by Doncaster Socialist Party

Mary and TUSC out campaigning against the Bedroom Tax and NHS Privatisation in Bentley this morning. We had a great response and lots took Mary’s poster for their windows!, photo by Doncaster Socialist Party


spotMaltby pit closure: TUSC councillor speaks out

spotIneffectual Ed visits South West

Ed Miliband avoids protesters against the Bedroom tax, photo by Chris Moore

Ed Miliband avoids protesters against the Bedroom tax, photo by Chris Moore


spotWarrington council rebel builds fight against cuts

Following on from the 4 April demonstration outside the disciplinary hearing of rebel Labour councillor Kevin Bennett, a joint meeting of Warrington Trades Council and the newly formed Warrington Against the Cuts was held on 10 April.

Kevin Bennett, Warrington Labour rebel councillor, addresses the 70-strong lobby of the Labour councillors' meeting to suspend him, photo Adam Hemsley

Kevin Bennett, Warrington Labour rebel councillor, addresses the 70-strong lobby of the Labour councillors’ meeting to suspend him, photo Adam Hemsley


spotMeeting and exhibition marking 30 years since the election of Liverpool’s socialist council

Saturday 27 April, 10.30am
Adelphi Hotel, Lime Street, Liverpool

Speakers include: Unite general secretary Len McCluskey, PCS president Janice Godrich, Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe, Liverpool Labour Party president (1980-85) and ‘Liverpool 47’ surcharged councillor Tony Mulhearn, former Labour MP Tony Benn and ‘Liverpool 47’ surcharged counc…

Liverpool city council's struggle in 1983-87 for more funding from the Thatcher government was an inspriation to workers, photo Dave Sinclair

Liverpool city council’s struggle in 1983-87 for more funding from the Thatcher government was an inspriation to workers, photo Dave Sinclair


spotLetters to The Socialist

Socialist Party feature

spotWe can beat bedroom tax

Feature: Fifty anti-cuts campaigners and bedroom tax victims lobbied to demand the council re-classify homes as having fewer bedrooms and commits to no evictions for rent arrears as a result of the bedroom tax. Reports from around the country.

Glasgow demonstration against the bedroom tax and austerity 30 March 2013 , photo by Jim Halfpenny

Glasgow demonstration against the bedroom tax and austerity 30 March 2013 , photo by Jim Halfpenny


Thatcher funeral

spotThatcher’s funeral costs: Insulting the lives she ruined

Press release: Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary, said:
“The news that Margaret Thatcher is to receive a ceremonial funeral subsidised by the taxpayer is an insult.”

Thatcher: a class warrior for capitalism, photo Alan Hardman

Thatcher: a class warrior for capitalism, photo Alan Hardman


spotThatcher… and us

spotSupport the paper that beat Thatcher – twice!

Socialist Party NHS campaign

spotNHS cost-cutting is damaging patient care

Defend our health service: Last autumn it emerged that 120 breast cancer test errors had happened between 2004 and 2010 at Kings Mill Hospital in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, writes Karen Seymour, Mansfield Socialist Party.

NHS demonstration to save the Whittington hospital in north London,16 March 2013 , photo by Paul Mattsson

NHS demonstration to save the Whittington hospital in north London,16 March 2013 , photo by Paul Mattsson


spotNew phase of campaign against Dewsbury NHS cuts

Saturday 20 April will see the march against NHS cuts in Dewsbury (previously postponed because of snow) take place at 12pm outside the Town Hall.

spotWelsh NHS cuts – no change of heart from Labour

Socialist Party workplace feature

spotTime to name the day for a 24-hour general strike

No ifs, no buts…: The death of Thatcher has revealed the deep class polarisation that existed under her governments and still exists in British society, writes Rob Williams, Socialist Party industrial organiser.

TUC demo 20 October 2012 with placard calling for a 24 hour general strike , photo Senan

TUC demo 20 October 2012 with placard calling for a 24 hour general strike , photo Senan


spotWe say to the TUC: Time to fight back

Time for a 24-hour general strike New coalition welfare rules mean the poorest face swingeing cuts; disabled people are penalised even more; and to top it all, cuts to housing benefit for the “crime” of having a so-called spare bedroom have kicked in.

International socialist news and analysis

spotBrutal Saudi regime supported by UK government

On 13 March, seven young men were executed in Saudi Arabia by firing squad. They were reportedly arrested in January 2006 and charged with organising a criminal group, armed robbery and breaking into jewellery…

Socialist Party workplace news

spotUnison health conference: Time to fight back against attacks

As Unison’s health conference begins on 22 April, health workers are facing wholesale privatisation, huge financial cuts and closure of wards, services and even entire hospitals, writes A Unison member and health worker.

Unison NHS workers on strike against huge cuts in the Mid-Yorkshire Trust hospitals, photo Iain Dalton

Unison NHS workers on strike against huge cuts in the Mid-Yorkshire Trust hospitals, photo Iain Dalton


spotUnison elections: Vote for Socialist Party and Reclaim the Union candidates

Glenn Kelly at Socialist Party congress 2013, photo Senan

Glenn Kelly at Socialist Party congress 2013, photo Senan


spotThera workers on strike

spotIn Brief

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