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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  • Left split in Ireland

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    The split in the Socialist Party

    Published on: Wed, 14/08/2019 - 11:29

    Pete Boggs

    The Socialist Party (the group publishing The Socialist, and previously known as Militant) has split after a special congress on 21 July. So has the CWI, the international network of groups of which the SP was the pivot.

    SP delegates voted 173-35-0 to “refound” the Committee for a Workers’ International by calling an international conference in 2020. The congress also declared that people continuing to support the existing CWI would place themselves outside of Socialist Party membership, effectively expelling the minority in Britain who support the (apparent) majority internationally within

    Socialist Party calls a special conference on 21 July

    Published on: Wed, 17/07/2019 - 11:40

    Pete Boggs

    The SP (Socialist Party) is holding 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), and a split looks likely.

    SP doyen Peter Taaffe has formed a faction in the CWI, “In Defence of a Working-Class Trotskyist CWI”. They contend that the Irish section has moved into “petty-bourgeois Mandelism” through its work in its feminist pro-choice campaign ROSA and an overemphasis on students.

    The “Non-Faction Faction” (NFF) in the SP, aligned with the majority in the CWI, charges Taaffe with

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