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BLAIR IS GOING BUT BROWN IS THE SAME
– “NEW LABOUR, MY ARSE!”
For immediate use 11 May 2007
· Brown will not move Labour left; New Labour will remain a party for the bosses.
· We need a party that stands for the millions, not the millionaires
· The Campaign for a New Workers’ Party (CNWP) has gained the support of over 2,500 workers, young people and campaigners in its first year.
· Saturday 12 May sees the second annual conference of the CNWP
· Speakers include:
Ricky Tomlinson (Actor & Shrewsbury Two campaigner)
Chris Baugh (PCS Assistant General Secretary)
Cllr Dave Nellist (Socialist Party councillor)
After ten years of New Labour’s cuts, closures and privatisation, workers’ across the country are sick to their back teeth with Tony Blair. Blair’s announcement to stand down as PM on 10th May has been greeted with cheers by some and sighs of relief by others. But Gordon Brown, his likely successor, is just as bad. As CNWP secretary Roger Bannister put it; “Gordon Brown was one of the architects of the New Labour project; he’s one of the government’s biggest supporters’ of PFI, capped public sector pay ‘rises’ at a below inflation 1.9% and is behind the threatened 100,000 civil service job cuts! Labour under Brown will be more of the same.”
Blair’s ‘legacy’ is worsening public services, a whole-sale onslaught on the NHS and the bloody war and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. As Ricky Tomlinson, TVs Jim Royle, put it; “Tony Blair has disembowelled the Labour Party. It’s not New Labour, it’s the New Phoney Labour Party, and a growing number of people are fed up with it. There’s got to be one unified left wing party that has the interests of the working class at heart”
A growing number of people are drawing the conclusion that Labour is finished as a party that can represent workers’ interests; not surprising when we’ve had a decade of having to fight against the Labour Party’s attacks?
The CNWP holds its second annual conference this Saturday, May 12, convinced that the time is right to begin to build a new workers’ party. Spokesperson Pete McLaren outlined how last week’s council elections had demonstrated once again that a new, mass left party was vital. “There is virtually no choice for voters today. New Labour has simply continued the Tory policies in operation before it came to power ten years ago – cuts in, and privatisation of, public services; war and occupation in the Middle East; erosion of local democracy; cuts in pensions; widening the gap between rich and poor. Labour under Blair has tried to out-Tory the Tories. The Lib Dems are little different. They make left and right noises according to the situation whilst clearly following the same neo-liberal agenda of the other establishment parties. There is a vacuum in British politics – hence the urgent need for a new left party,” he concluded.
CNWP Chair and Socialist councillor Dave Nellist took up the theme. “A huge number of working class people did not vote last week because they had no socialist alternative,” said Cllr Nellist. “What we need is a new party on a mass scale that actually represents workers’ interests – that stands up against cuts and privatisation, opposes the occupation of Iraq, and fights for the millions not the millionaires. This Saturday, trade unionists, socialists and community campaigners will be coming together at the CNWP conference to share our experiences of the recent local elections and discuss how we can fight for just such a party.
For further information contact:
Pete McLaren on 07881 520626
Dave Nellist on 07970 294237