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From The Socialist newspaper, 16 March 2011

Vote for a socialist alternative

WITH the Bellingham by-election in Lewisham, south east London, set for 24 March campaigning is stepping up. Over 25 Socialist Party and Lewisham People Before Profit members came out to help canvass and run campaign stalls last weekend.

Chris Newby

We are continuing to get excellent support for our campaign to get former Socialist Party councillor Ian Page the 'no cuts' candidate elected, standing as Socialist Alternative - Lewisham People Before Profit.

Local people are very angry about the Con-Dem government's and Labour council's cuts and are only too willing to sign our petition calling for a campaign against all cuts. Local residents supporting our campaign include a teaching assistant at a local school and a worker on the local playbus.

A local RMT transport union branch secretary has committed his vote to Ian. He will speak to other members in his branch about the campaign as well as inviting Ian to their next meeting just before the election.

One young person we met on our campaign is fuming about the closure of Sydenham library, recognising the library as a much needed local resource. He is one of many people who are interested in joining or finding out more about the Socialist Party.

To help in the campaign call Chris 07906 591794.

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The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

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In The Socialist 16 March 2011:


Anti-cuts campaign

Defend jobs and services: Protest 26 March

Building the battle against the cuts - now and beyond 26 March

Campaigning against all cuts and privatisation

Save our NHS!


Socialist Party news and analysis

Hutton's plans mean savage cuts - Fight to defend your pension!

Vote for a socialist alternative

Huge protests against job insecurity

The rich get richer - by another $1 trillion

Wisconsin occupation

Yahya victory

Hunger strike


Youth fight for jobs

March from Jarrow with Youth Fight for Jobs

Save our youth services

For real jobs not exploitation

Review: Classroom Warriors


Socialist Party workplace news

Northern Ireland: Broad left gains in union elections

Privatisation threat to the blood service?

Defend jobs and education at Newcastle College

Action called off by Birmingham bin workers

Left victory in building workers' union

Support the UCU strike


International socialist news and analysis

Japan: Tsunami results in misery for millions

Workers hit hard by earthquake and tsunami

Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories: "We'll struggle like in Egypt"

Tunisia: 'You come back - we come back'

Saudi troops to suppress Bahrain protesters


Socialist Party campaigns

Thousands protest against Lib Dems in Sheffield

Protester challenges Lib Dem MP to debate

Students want to protest too

Thatcher was no heroine

Lively discussion at LGBT meeting

Leeds: Celebrating International Women's Day

Celebrate International Workers' Day in the Socialist with a May Day greeting


 

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