General Election 2009/10

AWL 2010 election campaign in Camberwell and Peckham

In the 2010 general election, AWL member Jill Mountford will be standing against New Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman in the south London seat of Camberwell and Peckham.

In the 2010 general election, Alliance for Workers' Liberty activist Jill Mountford will be standing against New Labour Deputy leader Harriet Harman in the south London seat of Camberwell and Peckham.

We have already distributed thousands of leaflets (covering most of the constituency), held estate meetings, contacted union branches and talked to hundreds of people about the case for a working-class voice in politics and for socialism.

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Resources for "New Unionism: how workers can fight back"

Resources, including a reading pack, for the 18 February 2012 dayschool "New Unionism: how workers can fight back".

Resources, including a reading pack, for the 18 February 2012 dayschool "New Unionism: how workers can fight back"

Marxist Theory and History: 

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Where next after the elections? South London AWL meeting

Date: 

13 May, 2010 - 20:15 to 22:00

Location: 

Back room, White Horse pub, Peckham Rye (ten minutes from Peckham Rye station, overland from London Bridge and Victoria)

Description: 

Meeting organised by South London Workers' Liberty

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We still don't know who will form the next government, but whoever it is will attempt to make massive cuts and attacks on the working class. How can we stop them?

In an election where the far left did poorly and, despite the Labour defeat, big sections of the working class rallied to Labour, what's our analysis?

Can we support any of the coalitions on offer? Will battles inside the Labour Party play any role in building working-class resistance to the cuts?

Should socialists stand in the next set of elections, which may come soon?

The BNP did badly in the elections, but is still a threat. How do we beat the fascists?

ALL WELCOME

Facebook group here

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Analysis of our result in Camberwell and Peckham, and the election results more generally, here.
www.workersliberty.org/story/2010/05/07/camberwell-and-peckham-what-we-achieved-election-and-what-we-failed-achieve

Don't underestimate our enemies

Author: 

Colin Foster

A common story on the left now is that "the Tories didn't win the election".

Many people claim that the new coalition government is already shaky and could fall apart easily.

False reassurance, I think. The government can be made weak, and splits between the two coalition parties (or within the Tories or Lib Dems) can be forced, by determined working-class struggle.

But, without strong working-class resistance, this could be as strong a government as a straight Tory administration, or stronger.

A common story on the left now is that "the Tories didn't win the election".

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Galloway defeated

One good thing about the 6 May results: it looks as if George Galloway is finally out of British politics.

In 2004 Galloway, expelled from the Labour Party, was offered a troop of activists to sustain him as a political figure by the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), who founded the Respect movement with Galloway as figurehead.

One good thing about the 6 May results: it looks as if George Galloway is finally out of British politics.

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Make unions and Labour fight this Tory government!

Cameron

Author: 

Editorial
The new Tory/ Lib Dem coalition government is committed to cut brutally and deeply into the living standards of the working class - into our wages and into social spending.

The new Tory/ Lib Dem coalition government is committed to cut brutally and deeply into the living standards of the working class - into our wages and into social spending.

The Tory commitment to reduce the national debt in the shortest possible time, and to do so while also cutting taxes, implied the most severe cuts. Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has also promised "bold and savage cuts".

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Trade Unions: 

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The unions in and after the election

Author: 

Rhodri Evans

Unite put a lot of effort into the general election campaign. In practical terms, it was valuable, for example in helping to push back the BNP in Barking.

But it was accompanied by no effort at all to push a distinctive political message, even on issues where Unite has clear union policy. Mailings to Unite members appealed to them to vote Labour on such grounds as trusting in the "experience" of the government as against the untried Tories.

What the unions did in the election.

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Trade Unions: 

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Make the unions and Labour fight this new Tory government!

Cameron

Author: 

Martin Thomas

On 11 May David Cameron took office as Tory prime minister, leading a Tory/ Lib Dem coalition government.

Whatever the detailed concessions the Tories have given the Lib Dems, the new government will be no less harsh about cutting and union-bashing than a straight Tory administration would have been.

On 11 May David Cameron took office as Tory prime minister, leading a Tory/ Lib Dem coalition government.

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Issues and Campaigns: 

What SCSTF did in the election, and what to do now

SCSTF

Author: 

Martin Thomas

The Socialist Campaign to Stop the Tories and Fascists strove to create a socialist voice and presence within the Labour election campaign.

The campaign's leaflets criticised the New Labour record unsparingly. They called for labour-movement resistance to the cuts and other pro-capitalist policies promised if New Labour won the election. They agitated for the unions to campaign within the Labour Party to regain a democratic voice there and replace its policy and leadership by working-class alternatives.

The Socialist Campaign to Stop the Tories and Fascists strove to create a socialist voice and presence within the Labour election campaign.

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