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From The Socialist newspaper, 20 May 2015

Build up resources to fight the Tories

Naomi Byron, Socialist Party finance team

The Socialist Party election appeal has now raised 73,000, with a further 8,000 pledged. This reflects enormous enthusiasm for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) challenge, and pride in the Socialist Party's role in building TUSC.

Most has been spent on leaflets and other election material, but in areas where extra has been generated it is buying much-needed equipment. For example, Plymouth branch has been able to buy a second-hand copy printer - very useful for future campaigns.

Socialist Party members throughout England and Wales worked flat out for two months. The party was involved in producing 715,000 leaflets, posters and postcards. Over 350,000 items were sent out to local campaigns in the last few weeks.

TUSC was the sixth biggest party in Britain in terms of candidates standing. It won 118,125 votes across parliamentary and local elections. Standing so widely was a big stretch for all the forces within TUSC, but we responded brilliantly to the challenge.

Now with a Tory government planning vicious cuts and further anti-trade union legislation, we have the fight of our lives on our hands. If you support the Socialist Party's programme to fight the cuts and our strategy to build TUSC, join us now. Help us build and finance a socialist alternative.

Independent voice

All our resources come from our members and supporters. This ensures that the Socialist is an independent voice for the working class, and can put forward a genuine socialist alternative.

We urgently need to build up these resources, so are launching an appeal asking every member if they can increase their membership subs.

We are also asking supporters of the Socialist Party who don't yet want to join if they could make a regular 'supporters' payment. Visit or call 020 8988 8777 to set up a standing order.

Our members raised over 10,000 for the fighting fund in April and May. But we need to raise another 15,000 by 30 June to ensure we hit our target (see chart right). Can you make a donation to fighting fund - or become an organiser, and help coordinate the fund-raising in your branch?

Sales of our newspaper also hit a high. Our election special 24-page edition sold more than any issue this year. Selling the Socialist - especially at solidarity price - is one of the best ways to raise money for the party and spread our ideas.

Thanks to all who have donated to the election appeal, lately including Nick Hart 150, Joe Durrell 30, Hannah Chaffey 6, Andrew Howe 5, Trevor Palmer 300, and Roger Priest 50. Roger previously stood for the Labour Party. But, enthused by the TUSC campaign, he is now a Socialist Party member.

If you'd like to increase your subs or make a donation, please call 020 8988 8777 or email

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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 donate to our special coronavirus appeal.

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In The Socialist 20 May 2015:

Socialist Party news and analysis

Cut rents not benefits

Fight back at the Tory war on youth

Stop the "elites fortifying their power"

Build a movement to defeat the government's savagery

Labour leadership contest - appealing to big business

Fight Tories' new 'anti-extremism' law

State and big business spied on activists

Ukip provocateur unmasked

Them & Us

Socialist Party workplace news

Support the National Rail walkout over pay and jobs

FBU debates how to combat Tory onslaught

All-out pay strike forces Labour council back to table

ITV production staff

Workplace news in brief

International socialist news and analysis

US: Bernie Sanders calls for 'political revolution'

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Election aftermath: anti-Tory austerity protests

Cheapskate council screws up election ballot!

Build up resources to fight the Tories

Management thrashed in academies debate

Campaign news in brief

Socialist Party comments and reviews

Russell Brand's 'The Emperor's New Clothes'

Save our 'life saver' libraries!

Tories rig exams to favour rich students


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