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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 July 2014
Why I joined the Socialist Party
I have been searching for an alternative to the pro-austerity parties. After three long years I've finally found it.
As there is no political education within North East Lincolnshire schools, I took it upon myself to join my local youth council in 2009 to learn about politics.
North East Lincolnshire has the highest level of NEETs (young people not in education, employment or training) in the UK and I have struggled over the past five years to find employment. This is the reason I aspire to help those in similar situations and what made me realise that the Socialist Party was for me.
Before I joined in April 2014 I had been to many demonstrations where the Grimsby and Scunthorpe socialists had been present and had asked me whether I wanted to join.
I declined because I hadn't read much about the Socialist Party's policies and didn't understand the difference between it and the Labour Party (which had also asked me to join). It wasn't until I bought a copy of the Socialist that I agreed to join the Socialist Party. It is everything that I wanted in a political party.
It has been astonishing to see the presence that the Socialist Party has had in North East Lincolnshire and what presence it will continue to have. I was elected as youth organiser of my Socialist Party branch. In the future I hope to recruit many more young people and make the Grimsby branch as big as it could possibly be.
Kieran Yeoman, Grimsby/Scunthorpe Socialist Party
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In The Socialist 9 July 2014:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Super-rich flash cash at Tory bash
After 10 July - build workers' movement
NSSN - Organising the resistance
Junk Juncker, Cameron and the anti-worker EU
New Tory attacks on trade union strikes
Super-rich Tory MP profits from evictions
Coulson faces prosecution over Tommy Sheridan
Emergency: Con-Dems don't care
Them & Us
International socialist news and analysis
Israel-Palestine: Netanyahu government fuels protests
Socialist Party workplace news
Unite conference reflects growth of socialist ideas
Argos workers strike for work-life balance
Locked-out pathology staff "cannot give in"
NSSN supporters back striking Tyneside Safety Glass workers
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
NHS: No to cuts!
Help fund the fight against the 1%
Why I joined the Socialist Party
Reading the revolution
Exposing Ukip's lies in Bracknell
Fracking: short-term profit before safety
Labour rejects rail renationalisation
Robert Service's historical prejudice on Liverpool
Britain's non-investing, cheap wage bosses
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