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Turmoil to the left and to the right across Europe

The Committee For A Workers International (to which the Socialist Party is affiliated) held the annual meeting of its International Executive Committee earlier this month. This is Matt Dobson’s report of the discussion on European Perspectives: The CWI IEC discussion on Europe reflected the political instability and upheaval seen this year across the continent. Tony Saunois from the International Secretariat ...

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Swansea Labour cabinet approves £22m cuts

By Alec Thraves Swansea Socialist Party represented what the council leader called the ‘unofficial opposition’ in challenging another £22m cuts proposal for the 2018/19 budget at the council’s cabinet meeting last week. With no opposition councillors or trade union representatives present at the cabinet meeting it fell yet again on our shoulders to highlight the fact that there has already ...

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Ireland: Socialist Party members play key role in landmark abortion rights decision

By Ruth Coppinger, Socialist Party member and Solidarity TD (member of parliament)   In a landmark decision in Ireland, a special parliamentary committee has recommended unrestricted access to abortion up to 12 weeks – a measure that would cater for 92% of all abortions. A referendum to lift the 8th Amendment abortion ban and for abortion to be legalised for ...

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Cardiff rally protests victimising the homeless

By Lucy Davros Over 100 people attended a protest in the city centre against homelessness, which was called after a 32-year-old homeless woman tragically died in Alexandra Gardens on 25th November. Sadly, this needless loss of life is not so unsurprising given the decreasing temperatures around winter and the increasing number of people who are homeless – official figures suggest ...

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Brexit deal no solution to Tory rifts

No divorce bill to subsidise capitalist elites of Europe For a socialist, internationalist Brexit For a while it looked like Theresa May might be about to crash out of office, as her fractured, divided party, propped up in government by the DUP, seemed unable even to reach agreement on a deal on the ‘first stage’ of Brexit negotiations. This time, ...

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Israel/Palestine: Trump’s Jerusalem ‘capital’ declaration provokes mass outrage

By Shahar Benhorin and Yasha Marmer, Socialist Struggle Movement (CWI) Four Palestinians killed, many hundreds wounded, rockets on Israel’s south, bombardments in the Gaza strip: Trump’s arrogant declaration is already stained with blood. The declaration accepts the demand of the Israeli regime for unilateral recognition of divided and poverty-stricken Jerusalem as only Israel’s capital, and, in fact, recognition of the ...

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Unison vows to fight £31m cuts by Carmarthenshire Plaid council

Carmarthenshire Unison branch has attacked the decision of Plaid-led Carmarthenshire County Council to impose £31 million cuts on the county. Mark Evans, secretary of the Carmarthenshire Unison, also slammed the sham consultation that Carmarthenshire and other councils are employing. Speaking to the Western Mail Evans said: “This is a sham consultation where most of the decisions have already been made ...

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Cardiff crack-down on homeless people

By Dave Reid In the last couple of years there has been a marked increase in the number of homeless people living and begging on the streets of Cardiff. Official figures indicate an increase of 7% sleeping rough in one year, but surrounding cities and towns report increases of 60-90% which appear more accurate. The sharp increase is in large ...

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Brum bin workers great victory against Blairite Labour council

By Ian Leech and Clive Walder, Birmingham Socialist Party The Socialist Party salutes the marvellous campaign of Birmingham’s bin workers. Birmingham council have backed down in their battle with the city’s bin workers on the eve of a High Court hearing to determine whether their 106 threatened redundancies were lawful. The council have agreed to withdraw the redundancies and give the ...

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