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For all press and media enquiries contact:
Press Officer:
Pete McLaren


Phone: 07881 520626



For immediate use 1 July 2007

The left throughout Britain was angered by the announcement yesterday that former head of the CBI (the “bosses union”) Sir Digby Jones has been made Minister of State for Trade and Investment by Gordon Brown.  Former Labour MP and Socialist Councillor Dave Nellist expressed his disgust at the announcement.  “We can only wonder how long it will be before he asks Margaret Thatcher to join his Cabinet.  It was bad enough asking Shirley Williams to take a Cabinet position, even though she left Labour because it was ‘too left wing’, but this is ridiculous.  This man hasn’t even been elected!  So what do they do?  They offer him a peerage!  It is further evidence of how New Labour abuses the honours system to get their cronies into positions of power and influence.  If there was ever any doubt that we need a new socialist party, surely this is enough to convince anybody, and the Campaign for a New Workers’ Party is fighting for that alternative,” he concluded. 

 “I wish we could say that this was a surprise,” CNWP spokesperson and Socialist Alliance National Secretary Pete McLaren added, “but it proves what we have been saying for months.  Gordon Brown is simply a continuation of Tony Blair, and he will continue to out Tory the Tories.  For a Labour leader to appoint a captain of industry, someone who has spent his working life attacking workers’ rights, would have been almost unthinkable under Old Labour, but nowadays it simply confirms Labour’s complete move to the right. It will not be long before the majority of trade union leaders loose patience with New Labour and that is why we are encouraging them to join the growing number of rank and file trade unionists who already support our campaign for a new left party.”

Pete McLaren CNWP Press Officer


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