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CONFERENCE AGREES TO STEP UP CAMPAIGN TO BUILD NEW LEFT PARTY
For immediate use 16 May 2007
CNWP Chair and Socialist councillor Dave Nellist confirmed the steps taken at the conference. “We agreed a number of policies to use in our campaigning, including opposition to racism and the BNP, a living minimum wage of £8 per hour, immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, a radical extension of democracy including proportional representation, and working for a democratic socialist society based on public ownership and protection of the environment,” he stated. “We also agreed a number of strategies to build the basis for a new mass workers’ party. The Conference was excited about the prospects of forming a new and radically different socialist challenge to the establishment, and it expressed its determination to campaign against cuts, privatisation and the BNP, organise a CNWP speaking tour, organise fringe meetings at all major trade union conferences, co-ordinate the political work of left councillors, and produce regular newsletters. It was a very positive conference, and I am certain we will now move further forwards. There is a vital need for a new left party and we have now done the groundwork. Our campaign will soon turn into a major electoral threat to the establishment parties,” he concluded.
CNWP Officers for the next 12 months were elected as follows:
Chair – Dave Nellist; Vice Chairs – Gerry Byrne; Jeremy Dewar; Clara Pyard; Secretary – Roger Bannister; Assistant Secretary – Hannah Sell; Treasurer – Greg Maughan; Press Officer – Pete McLaren; Trade Union Officers – Glen Kelly; Terry Pierce; Officer for Wales - Andy Price; Youth Officer – Tracy Edwards; Community Officer - Mel Mills
For further information contact:
Pete McLaren on 07881 520626
Dave Nellist on 07970 294237