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One week left to smash fighting fund target!
Ken Douglas, Socialist Party national treasurer
The news that MPs are claiming more expenses than they did in 2009 when they were last caught fiddling them will sicken ordinary people who are bearing the brunt of the Con-Dem cuts.
A quarter of MPs are employing family members in order to maximise how much they can claim, paying them as much as £50,000 a year.
Unlike these self-serving MPs, the Socialist Party relies solely on the support of ordinary working class people and the fund-raising efforts of our members.
It is vital that we have the funds to finance our campaigning to put forward a socialist alternative to the policies of rotten, corrupt politicians from all sides who are enriching themselves while selling off our public services and killing the NHS.
There is little more than a week to go until the end of the fighting fund quarter and Socialist Party members are going all out to ensure that we raise the £12,000 needed to reach the target of £25,000.
Members in Caerphilly raised £50 from supporters of their campaign against zero-hour contracts and to bring back the local A&E.
In Waltham Forest over £50 was donated on a lively protest outside Whipps Cross hospital to fund the fight against the cuts of £77.5 million that are currently being implemented.
Determined to make the most of the summer, members in Lewisham raised £67 with a branch barbecue and a local supporter has arranged a monthly donation of £20.
We can still reach our target but we need your help. Can you raise some fighting fund and send it in before the 4pm deadline on 27 September or can you make a donation to help fund the fight for a socialist alternative? You can pay in fighting fund or donate via our website at www.socialistparty.org.uk/donate or telephone 020 898 8877.
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Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal
The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
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.
- The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
- Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
- When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to click here to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.
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In The Socialist 18 September 2013:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Socialist Party youth feature
Socialist Party workplace news
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
International socialist news and analysis
Socialist Party comments and reviews