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The Socialist issue 983

21 February 2018

We can save our NHS

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The Socialist issue 983

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Socialist Party news and analysis

spotChatsworth ward victory shows we can save our NHS

The Chatsworth rehabilitation unit at Mansfield Community Hospital has been saved from closure by an excellent campaign, with the Socialist Party again playing a leading role

spotTories raid £1bn from NHS facilities budget – unions must act

For the last four years the government has been delving into the NHS maintenance budget to fund everyday running of services

spotBlairite mayor faces open election after democratic ‘irregularities’ – fight for a no-cuts mayor

Hated Newham mayor Robin Wales, the Labour right-winger who’s held onto power for 23 years, is finally facing an open election

spotFacebook sides with state repression – reinstate the Tamil Solidarity page

Facebook shut down the Tamil Solidarity campaign page on following a peaceful protest

spotLike rats from a sinking Ukip

Ukip has shed its fifth leader since the 2016 EU referendum

Workplace news and analysis

spotUsdaw victory – Socialist Party member Amy Murphy wins presidential election

The many Usdaw members and shop workers who expressed support for Tesco worker Amy and her policies will be delighted by this massive step forward.

spotBosses divided – university pension strikes can win!

Just three days before UCU members in 61 universities begin a sustained programme of strike action, Essex vice-chancellor Anthony Forster became the eighth to speak out against devastating cuts to our pensions

spotAfter 80 strike days Mears workers achieve victory

spotNewham academies strike continues with three schools to strike together

This is Avenue School’s longest strike yet – three days – as the campaign to save Newham schools from ‘academy’ status heats up

What we think

spotNorthern Ireland talks process paralysed

Editorial of the Socialist: Theresa May and Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar flew to Belfast to supposedly clinch a deal to see Northern Ireland’s ‘power-sharing’ executive restored after it collapsed in acrimony 13 months ago

Socialist Students

spotHow can students and young people fight the Tories?

Prime Minister Theresa May has proposed cutting tuition fees for some students – who are clamouring to get involved in the fight on any issue they think they can win

spotLeicester Uni makes Tory fee tripler David Willetts chancellor – sack Willetts!

During his time in government, Willetts was a key orchestrator in raising tuition fees from £3,000 to £9,000

International socialist news and analysis

spotSouth Africa: Ramaphosa is a safe pair of hands for capitalism

ANC president Zuma ousted: Inside two months following his election as ANC leader at the party’s December conference, Cyril Ramaphosa has realised his ambition to become the country’s president

spotRussia: Ali Feruz, journalist and human rights activist, freed from jail

This is, without doubt, a victory for the Hands Off Ali campaign and all who supported him

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

spotBuilding the campaign against clearances of the working class

Where are Jeremy Corbyn’s representatives in Waltham Forest’s Labour council? – campaigners will be asking

spotNorthants council crisis – protesters demand an end to cuts and privatisation

The council has issued a ‘Section 114 notice’ banning all new expenditure other than on statutory services

spotVictory: Pontllanfraith leisure centre saved

Campaigners in Pontllanfraith have forced Caerphilly Council to back down on plans to close the leisure centre

spotSave Salford nurseries!

Labour MP Rebecca Long-Bailey, mayor Paul Dennett and a few councillors tried to persuade the crowd they could be trusted to fight to save the nurseries, but were unable to convince them

spotLabour councillors push through savage cuts in Kirklees budget

Every single Labour councillor in Kirklees, Yorkshire, has voted through over £29 million of cuts – with promises of more to come

spotMay Day, May Day! Celebrate solidarity!

No, we’re not in distress! But we do want to celebrate May Day, and we want to see a paper full of May Day greetings that proudly reflects the hard work of our members and workers’ solidarity

spotBradford protests against kids’ service cuts

Socialist Party members joined a protest in Bradford in response to £13 million of cuts to prevention and early help child services

spotSuccessful Socialist Party Wales conference sets tone for the year ahead

The recent earthquake in South Wales pales in comparison with the shifts in the political landscape described at the Socialist Party Wales conference

spotTremendous determination on show at West Midlands conference

With 71 in attendance from eleven branches or groups, a fantastic West Midlands Socialist Party conference took place on 17 February in Birmingham

spotLively discussion at East Midlands Socialist Party conference

The Socialist Party East Midlands conference detailed tasks ahead but also the lessons of the successful Glenfield and Chatsworth NHS campaigns – led by Socialist Party members

spotNottingham hospital black alert

The continuing winter crisis in our hospitals has resulted in black alert status being declared at a Nottingham hospital for a whole week

spotCardiff Refugee Rights gig success

Cardiff hosted a successful gig and art auction, organised by Young Socialists in conjunction with the Refugee Rights Campaign

spotOutrageous sentence for TUSC agent in ‘misleading electors’ court case

This is part of the Tories’ moves against democratic rights, including electoral rights, as a response to the accumulating rage at their never-ending austerity agenda


spotGerman engineering strike puts shorter week on agenda – but could have won more

The bigger question of a shorter working week with no loss in pay is even more valid in today’s world of rapid technological change

spotThe Socialist inbox

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist’s editors. Stock market plunge; rights for racehorses


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