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CAMPAIGN FOR A NEW WORKERS’ PARTY GATHERS PACE
For immediate use 9 February 2007
The Campaign for a New workers’ Party (CNWP), which was launched last year, is redoubling its efforts to form a new left party to fight for real socialism. Plans have been made to build on the 2,500 individuals who have already signed up as supporters, launch additional local branches of the CNWP, hold fringe meetings at all the major trade union conferences this year, and hold a second annual conference in May.
The campaign will include two CNWP public meetings next week in different parts of the country. Press Officer Pete McLaren outlined their significance. “Our supporters in Liverpool have pulled off a real coup – a CNWP Public Meeting with three nationally known main speakers in actor Ricky Tomlinson, socialist Member of the Scottish Parliament Tommy Sheridan, and Tony Mulhearn, one of the 47 ‘rebel’ Liverpool councillors thrown out of both office and the Labour Party for refusing to set a cuts budget in the 1980’s. The meeting is at the Casa, Hope St, at 7.15pm on Monday 15 February”
CNWP National Secretary, and UNISON NEC member for the North West Roger Bannister added, “There has never been a greater need for a new left party. There really is very little difference between the policies of New Labour, the Tories and the Liberal Democrats. We need one unified socialist party which directly represents the interests of the working class. We are campaigning to build that party.”
Later next week, on Thursday February 15th, the CNWP has organised a Public Meeting in Bracknell, Berkshire as part of a campaign to oppose the proposed privatisation of council houses in the town. Local CNWP Chair Terry Pearce, who also chairs the Bracknell branch of ASMICUS, explained why the CNWP had organised this Public Meeting, which takes place at Coopers Hill, starting at 7.30pm. “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.”
“These two meetings will demonstrate very clearly just why we urgently need a new left party” added Pete McLaren. “The establishment parties all 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 – we intend to change all that,” he concluded.
For further information contact:
Pete McLaren on 07881 520626
Dave Nellist on 07970 294237