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Dispatches attacks Workers' Liberty

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Cathy Nugent

In the video above Sacha Ismail explains why he was secretly filmed by Dispatches, the politics behind the programme — distrust of socialist ideas, and what Workers' Liberty stand for.

Channel Four slurs against Workers' Liberty and Momentum + explainer video.

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Junior doctors restart action

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Charlotte Zalens

Junior doctors will strike over the government’s imposition of an unfair, and unsafe contract on 5, 6, 7, and 10-11 October.Further five-day, all-out strikes on 14-18 November and 5-9 December are planned if the imposition of the contract is not halted.

A number of Constituency Labour Parties have submitted a motion on the NHS to Labour Party conference (24-28 September). The motion would commit Labour to “wholeheartedly supporting junior doctors’ and health workers’ fight to defend themselves and the NHS.”

Junior doctors will strike over the government’s imposition of an unfair, and unsafe contract on 5, 6, 7, and 10-11 October.Further five-day, all-out strikes on 14-18 November and 5-9 December are planned if the imposition of the contract is not halted.

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Tories plan Great Wall of Calais

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Theodora Polenta

On 7 September, Britain's immigration minister, Robert Goodwill, announced that the government will build a four-metre-high wall for about one kilometre along the main port highway in Calais, France, to prevent refugees or immigrants boarding lorries to cross the Channel.

Construction will cost about £1.9 million, will start this month and is to be completed by the end of year. "Many continue to pass [the border]," said Goodwill, speaking to a parliamentary committee. "We have raised fences, now we will raise the wall."

Britain's immigration minister, Robert Goodwill, has announced that the government will build a four-metre-high wall for about one kilometre along the main port highway in Calais, France, to prevent refugees or immigrants boarding lorries to cross the Channel.

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Don’t bring back the 11-plus!

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Patrick Yarker and Clive Larkin

Any expansion of grammar schools in England will be a mechanism for intensifying social divisions.

The arrival of any new secondary school alters the local educational ecology. The arrival of an entirely selective school has a particularly damaging effect. It drastically recasts the intake of all other schools in an area, and at a stroke turns them, however they are named, into secondary moderns.

Any expansion of grammar schools in England will be a mechanism for intensifying social divisions.

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Corbyn’s environment policy: radical and visionary

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Todd Hamer
Jeremy Corbyn’s Environment and Energy policy is a fleshed out version of the policy he announced last year. It shows Corbyn at his most radical and visionary. Anyone who cares about the future of human civilisation should read it and rally to the Labour Party to make it a reality.

Jeremy Corbyn’s Environment and Energy policy is a fleshed out version of the policy he announced last year. It shows Corbyn at his most radical and visionary. Anyone who cares about the future of human civilisation should read it and rally to the Labour Party to make it a reality.

Corbyn’s broad vision is to solve the climate crisis whilst maintaining 21st century level of material wealth and abundance. His proposed National Investment bank will provide £500 billion of investment, creating 300,000 green jobs that will “accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy”.

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Tax the billionaires!

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The EU, after a long investigation, found on 30 August that Apple has evaded $13 billion (£10 billion) in taxes. That’s just Apple. The EU has also ordered Starbucks to pay €30 million to the Netherlands, and is likely to order Amazon to pay €400 million to Luxemburg.

The EU, after a long investigation, found on 30 August that Apple has evaded $13 billion (£10 billion) in taxes.

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"Fight for socialism" T-shirts

As seen in (and hated by) the Daily Mail!

A limited number of Workers' Liberty T-shirts which read "make capitalism history, fight for socialism" are still available.

Unfortunately, we only have sizes small and medium unisex left. A size guide can be found here.

Buy one of our limited edition "fight for socialism" T-shirts!

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Owen Smith, the AWL and “left anti-semitism”

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Cathy Nugent

On BBC Question Time (Labour leadership debate, 8 September) Owen Smith, in the stream-of-consciousness style that has come to typify Smith's approach to political debate, links the Alliance for Workers' Liberty (as part of the “hard left in our Party” “flooding into the Party”) to those on the left who “associate anti-Zionism, anti-imperialism”, “anti-Israel” perspectives (sic). That is, he implicitly called us anti-semitic.

This incoherent tirade against the “hard left” was a disgraceful intervention into an important issue that deserves serious, well-informed debate.

Owen Smith misrepresents "left anti-semitism" and smears AWL's record on this issue.

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The biggest opening for some time

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Gerry Bates

A meeting of a number of readers of Solidarity from across the country on 3 September discussed the ferment in the Labour Party set off by the right wing's attempted coup in June, and the leadership election for which the ballot closes on 21 September. Gerry Bates reports on some of the
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There is a new surge of life. In general, Momentum groups are holding bigger meetings, finding new people. Despite the fact that the apparatus has tried to stop local Labour Parties meeting, many of these people want to be active in Labour.

What's going on in the Corbyn surge.

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Labour’s leadership contest and after

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The political movement around Jeremy Corbyn is part of a global context which also includes the Sanders movement in America, the rise of Syriza and Podemos in Greece and Spain, and, in earlier and more ephemeral forms, the Spanish Indignados movement and the Occupy movements across the world. On the right, the Trump movement, the rise of Ukip, and “Brexit”, are also expressions of some of the same phenomena: the effects of capitalist globalisation, long-term neo-liberal economic policy, and specifically the 2007/8 crash.

The Corbyn movement represents an opportunity to transform our labour movement, but only if the hundreds of thousands activated by it are persuaded to consciously commit themselves to that task.

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“Expelled for being a socialist”

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Daniel Randall

It appears I've been expelled from the Labour Party... again. I first joined the party in 2006, and was a member continuously until almost exactly a year ago when I was summarily expelled. I was formally reinstated a few months later, and have been active member ever since. Until now.

An expelled Labour Party member writes on their recent expulsion.

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"This will not stop the Bakers' Union from campaigning politically"

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Ronnie Draper, BFAWU General Secretary, responds to his suspension from the Labour Party.

Ronnie Draper, General Secretary of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union, has been suspended from the Labour Party. He spoke to Solidarity (forthcoming issue). Official statements also printed below.

Do you think the Labour Party machine might have bitten off more than it can chew by suspending you?

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"The idea that Jeremy is unelectable is a myth"

Christine Shawcroft, who was recently re-elected to Labour's National Executive Committee, spoke to Solidarity in a personal capacity.

What difference will the victory for the left slate for Labour's National Executive make?

When we won the decision to put Jeremy Corbyn on the leadership ballot paper the left won by four votes. The election makes a difference of two votes, and so some decisions will now not be so tight.

What are your priorities on the NEC?

An interview with Christine Shawcroft, Labour Party National Executive Committee.

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"Right-wing Labour MPs fear Corbyn is electable"

The press and media are in full flow, backing the right-wing Labour MPs telling us Jeremy Corbyn is unelectable. And yet Corbyn’s core support in the Party turns out in thousands to cheer him on. Why is Corbyn so popular?

Labour is a growing force – thousands are joining - because Corbyn’s message appeals to a broad section of society, people who have been excluded from the system, people who feel disenfranchised. Corbyn seems to be speaking out for us.

An inteview with Ian Hodson, President of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union.

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Make It A "Hot Autumn"!

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The latest edition of Tubeworker, an industrial bulletin for London Underground workers, by London Underground workers.

The latest edition of Tubeworker, an industrial bulletin for London Underground workers, by London Underground workers.

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"How to fight elections" - the story of a class-struggle socialist Labour Party election campaign, in Wallasey, 1987

How to fight elections is the story of Labour's election campaign in Wallasey, Merseyside, in 1987, when sacked shipyard worker and Workers' Liberty supporter Lol Duffy came within 300 votes of unseating Tory minister Linda Chalker - despite a virulent campaign by the press and sabotage by the right wing of the Labour Party. Includes the story of the campaign, pictures and a roundtable discussion between key participants.

Workers' Liberty's 1987 pamphlet telling the story of that year's election campaign in Wallasey, Merseyside, in which revolutionary socialist worker Lol Duffy came within 300 votes of defeating Tory minister Linda Chalker.

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Heidi Alexander should cut the "ordinary MP" routine

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Cathy Nugent
Alexander claims to expose Corbyn's incompetence, but only succeeds in exposing her own lack of honesty

In an article in the Guardian and on their website Heidi Alexander claims to be an ordinary constituency MP, driven only by a desire to serve when asked to be part of the Shadow Cabinet and consequently was shocked by the lack of professionalism in Corbyn's cabinet. In particular, she was upset by John McDonnell's attempts to undermine her with parallel policy-making on the NHS.

The Alliance for Workers’ Liberty: who we are, what we do

The Alliance for Workers’ Liberty aims to build a movement which can replace capitalism, the current economic and social system based on class division and exploitation, with a new society based on consistent democracy, collective ownership and solidarity – socialism.

The Alliance for Workers’ Liberty aims to transform the labour movement so we can replace capitalism, the current economic and social system based on class division and exploitation, with a new society based on consistent democracy, collective ownership and solidarity – socialism.

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