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For immediate use 9 February 2007 

Thursday 15 February, 7.30pm, Coopers Hill, Bracknell

Members of the Campaign for a New Workers’ Party have joined forces with local tenants to oppose the proposed privatisation of council housing in Bracknell.  As part of the campaign against privatisation, there will be a Public Meeting on Thursday February 15th, at Coopers Hill, where the main speaker will be Sean Figg, a prominent campaigner against council house transfer in Brighton.

Local CNWP Chair Terry Pearce, who also chairs the Bracknell branch of AMICUS, explained why the CNWP had organised this Public Meeting.  “We are fundamentally opposed to the transfer of Bracknell Forest council housing.  Tenants will suffer.  Secure tenancies are lost, and evictions by housing associations are much easier.  Rents are likely to rise.  Housing association boards, unlike local councils, are accountable to no one.  There will be less money for repairs.  Housing workers are likely to suffer deteriorating terms and conditions.  There is no way back once council housing is privatised – so we are urging tenants to vote to vote against it,” he concluded.

The national chair of the CNWP, socialist councillor Dave Nellist, explained why the CNWP was proud to support this initiative.  “The establishment parties all now represent the interests of big business, and all of them are prepared to give up hard won public services, including council housing.  Working people no longer have political representation now that Labour has adopted Tory policies.  A new left party must be built, and we aim to bring together trade unionists, tenants, political and community activists to achieve this goal,” he added.


The Campaign for a New Workers’ Party (CNWP) was launched in London at a Conference attended by 450 socialists and trade unionists on  March 19. Over 2,500 supporters have already signed the founding declaration, and a number of left groups have affiliated.  Officers and a Steering Committee have been elected.  The CNWP founding Declaration can be seen on our web site:

For further information contact:

Pete McLaren on 07881 520626

Dave Nellist on 07970 294237