Socialist Party

From "Militant" to the Socialist Party: a collection

Published on: Fri, 10/06/2011 - 20:12

The Socialist Party held a special conference on 21 July to discuss issues from the conflict in the international network linked to the SP (Committee for a Workers’ International, CWI). Delegates representing around 200 members, have chosen to split away from the SP and align themselves with the majority in the CWI. Articles on the Socialist Party tradition.

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  • Industrial news in brief

    Published on: Wed, 16/10/2019 - 07:31
    Author

    Gerry Bates, Dom Sztyber, Darren Bedford and Ollie Moore

    The ballot for general secretary of the civil service union PCS will open on 7 November and close on 12 December.

    For the first time in 18 years, the sitting general secretary, Mark Serwotka, faces a challenge from the left.

    Bev Laidlaw, the Independent Left candidate, got 17 branch nominations, topping the number of 15 required to get on the ballot paper.

    Serwotka got 62 nominations. The candidate backed by the Socialist Party, Marion Lloyd, got 39.

    The SP was a dominant force in the union, closely allied with Serwotka, until about a year and a half ago.

    In the Assistant General Secretary

    Turkish troops out of Syria!

    Published on: Wed, 16/10/2019 - 07:21
    Author

    Pete Boggs

    Since the Turkish invasion of Kurdish-controlled northern Syria started on 9 October, over 160,000 civilians have been displaced, with at least fifty civilian deaths already.

    The invasion immediately followed the announcement by Donald Trump that US troops would be withdrawn from northern Syria.

    Trump’s “America First” policy is confused and totally inconsistent. Attempts by the White House to portray Trump’s move as a step in disengaging the US from overseas conflicts were shown to be a scam when Trump also announced sending 2,000 soldiers to Saudi Arabia in a move against Iran.

    The decision

    Left split in Ireland

    Published on: Wed, 09/10/2019 - 09:10
    Author

    Micheál MacEoin

    At the end of September, the Socialist Party of Ireland’s TD (member of parliament) Paul Murphy announced that he was leaving the SP to establish a new political organisation, RISE.

    RISE stands for Radical, Internationalist, Socialist, Environmentalist. It will not register as a political party, and its candidates will stand in elections under the Solidarity-People Before Profit banner.

    The move comes after a year-long debate inside the Irish SP about how the party should relate to wider movements, such as the environmentalist movement, which was part of a wider dispute within the SP’s

    A Labour government without voting Labour?

    Published on: Wed, 09/10/2019 - 09:06

    The leadership of the civil service union PCS, the NEC [National Executive Committee] has decided that in the looming general election the union should call on members in England and Wales to vote Labour, on the grounds that a Labour government under the leadership and policies of Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell is in the interests of PCS members.

    In a different tack worthy of separate membership discussion, the NEC has also decided that in Scotland it should instead urge members “to vote to Get the Tories Out” while emphasising the necessity of a Corbyn-led UK government.

    The decision to

    Back Bev Laidlaw for PCS General Secretary!

    Published on: Wed, 25/09/2019 - 08:30

    The election for general secretary of the civil service union PCS is now well into the branch nomination phase.

    Nominations close on 14 October. Voting will run from 7 November to 12 December.

    There are three known candidates: Mark Serwotka, the existing General Secretary; Marion Lloyd, the candidate of the Socialist Party (SP), a current PCS NEC [National Executive] member Marion Lloyd; and Bev Laidlaw, candidate of the Independent Left (IL), and also a current NEC member.

    Bev Laidlaw has been a consistent opponent of the bombastic and failed PCS leadership. She has been elected to the NEC

    When leftists argue that Labour should have voted with Johnson

    Published on: Wed, 11/09/2019 - 10:41
    Author

    Martin Thomas

    Since the big vote in Parliament on 3 September, most of the left press has made its chief call for Labour to back Boris Johnson’s call for a super-early snap election.

    The arguments, or the arguments on the face of it, are odd, at least.

    Labour and the other opposition parties do not want to give Johnson an easy get-out from implementing Parliament’s instructions to avoid a no deal Brexit. They want to “hold his feet to the fire”, as they put it, and make him comply with the law.

    They don’t want to give him a chance to call a snap election, date it for after 31 October, and then confront the

    The left and the coup: side-stepping the issues

    Published on: Thu, 05/09/2019 - 09:58
    Author

    Rhodri Evans

    The Communist Party of Britain (Morning Star) claims that Boris Johnson’s shutdown of Parliament was really the fault of the anti-Brexiters in Parliament. Other left groups and papers which have backed Brexit have been less off-the-wall, but maybe more confusing.

    Socialist Worker essentially calls on its readers to shout other slogans so loudly as to drown out all thoughts about Brexit.

    It writes: “There was fury at Johnson [at the anti-coup protests]. Beyond that people came with a range of views.

    “A substantial number had EU flags or anti-Brexit placards. But others were focused on fighting

    Socialist Party split still unclear

    Published on: Thu, 05/09/2019 - 09:06
    Author

    Pete Boggs

    The first issue of the monthly newspaper of the new Socialist Alternative group (a splinter from the Socialist Party) is now out.

    Unfortunately it has little to mark it out politically from The Socialist, paper of the Socialist Party. The editorial on Boris Johnson is completely evasive on the question of Brexit. The only real difference is that Socialist Alternative have realised, correctly, that it is embarrassing for them to talk about “Lexit” after all that has happened, especially when their main selling point is that they are more hip and trendy than the Socialist Party.

    They do hint at

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