Socialist Green Unity Coalition

A new socialist coalition for 2005

Representatives from Workers’ Liberty, the Socialist Party, the Alliance for Green Socialism, and the Socialist Alliance Democratic Platform met on 28 November in London and discussed working together to establish a working-class socialist presence in the probable 2005 general election.

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Election 2005: The choices

Only 27% of adults think that their vote gives them a say in how the country is run, but 67% insist that they want to have a say.

About eight in 10 say that they are “interested in politics” one way or another, and on average questionnaires about interest in politics show no decline since the 1970s, but only 52% say that they are certain to vote in the coming General Election.

Young people are more likely to have been politically active — twice as likely to have taken part in a demonstration, picket, or march as older people — but much less likely to vote.

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Vote socialist or Labour!

By Colin Foster

Stay at home and curse at the TV? Go to the polling station and write something left-wing on your ballot paper, in the hope that you get a message across at least to the individual who counts your vote? Vote for the Lib-Dems, on the grounds that at least they criticised the Iraq war, however queasily and weakly, and gains for them will punish Blair?

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Nottingham challenge

At the count after the 2001 general election, Nottingham East Labour MP and government whip John Heppell gave over much of his victory speech to denouncing his socialist challenger Pete Radcliff. Not, unfortunately, that Pete Radcliff had come near to defeating Heppell and winning the seat — but Heppell was evidently aware that the socialist campaign had bitten into the core of previously committed Labour supporters, and did not know how to answer its arguments.

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Socialist electoral unity

The Alliance for Workers’ Liberty met with representatives of the Socialist Party, the Alliance for Green Socialism, and the Socialist Alliance (Provisional) for a Socialist Green Unity Coalition committee meeting on 2 October.

We agreed that we will run a common SGUC campaign for the 2006 local elections as for the 2005 general election. A discussion will be opened on additions especially relevant to local government for the current agreed SGUC common political platform.

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Left plans united protest

The Socialist Green Unity Coalition - an alliance including the Alliance for Green Socialism, the Alliance for Workers' Liberty, the Socialist Alliance, and the Socialist Party — has decided on a joint campaign about pensions, with leafletting, street stalls, petitioning, and public meetings.

This is the text of the basic leaflet for the campaign.

The Turner report says that pensions are too costly, and in the future you’ll have to work longer and pay more to get less.

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RMT backs socialist candidate

In the Hackney Central ward in London the AWL is fielding two "Socialist Unity" candidates on 4 May. Janine Booth is chair of the local Aspland and Marcon Estate Tenants’ and Residents’ Association. Charlie MacDonald works in the Jobcentre the ward.

Janine works on the London Underground. On Monday, RMT's national executive voted unanimously to back her candidature for Hackney Council. This is the first time that RMT has backed any non-Labour candidate in England (it has backed the SSP in Scotland, and John Marek and Peter Law in Wales).

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Open letter to the left from the SWP; and the AWL's reply

Open letter to the left from the SWP; and the AWL's reply
An open letter to the left from the Socialist Workers Party

It’s time to create a socialist alternative

Dear comrade,

Labour’s vote collapsed to a historic low in last week’s elections as the right made gains. The Tories under David Cameron are now set to win the next general election.

A welcome letter from the SWP calling for a united left and for "a conference of all those committed to presenting candidates representing working-class interests". We have replied positively.

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