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Press Officer:
Pete McLaren


Phone: 07881 520626



For immediate use 13 June 2008

It was bad enough that a so-called Labour government could even consider lengthening the time ‘terror suspects’ could be held without charge to 42 days.  However, to force through such draconian legislation by:

  • making deals with Tory supporting Ulster Unionists;

  • relying on support from UKIP MP Bob Spink and right wing Tory rebel Ann Widdecombe;

  • pressurising Labour MPs to leave their sick beds

shows how desperate and unprincipled New Labour has become.

“The legislation itself is a fundamental attack on our civil liberties.  It was not even demanded by most of the right wing establishment, including the legal profession and the Director of Public prosecutions,” Socialist councillor and Campaign for a New workers’ Party (CNWP) Chair Dave Nellist said today.  “For Labour to need – and seek – to buy the support of the Unionists and others on the right shows how lacking in principle they have become,” he concluded.

CNWP spokesperson Pete McLaren wondered how far Labour would be prepared to go to force through unnecessary, unpopular authoritarian legislation.  “Brown, like Tony Blair before him, seems determined to try and out-Thatcher Mrs T.  Not content with the suffering still being caused by illegal and unjustified wars,” he stated, “and refusing to accept that it is these very wars which have given rise to increased risks of terrorism, Labour now accepts support from the most ideologically dubious sources when deserted by some of its own supporters, in order to take away our hard won freedoms and rights to justice.  It should be clear to everyone on the political left that Labour can no longer be reclaimed, that Labour has actually moved to the right of the Tories on this and many other issues,” he added.

"It has never been clearer that we urgently need a new mass, left wing party," added Dave Nellist.  "We are fighting for just such a party – a party for the millions, not the millionaires, a party that would once again give political representation for the working class. It should be a party built on socialist principle that would defend and enhance our civil liberties rather than undermine them," he concluded. 

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 3,000 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