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From The Socialist newspaper, 6 April 2016

Fighting fund target smashed, again!

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Ken Douglas, Socialist Party national treasurer

Socialist Party members raised a record 36,281 in the first three months of 2016 - smashing the target, getting to 145%.

The fighting fund plays a vital part in sustaining the Socialist Party's finances. We aim to reach a minimum of 120% of the overall annual target of 100,000 to ensure that we have the finance necessary to maintain our campaigning.

Our members and supporters have taken up the challenge, holding all sorts of fundraising events, as well as raising fighting fund on the regular campaign stalls.

The year got off to a great start in Carlisle, where despite the flooding, the branch raised 175 at their now traditional Burns Night public event.

Nottingham branch shot to the top of the charts when Jean Thorpe raised a fantastic 440 in sponsorship for a ten kilometre run. Mansfield branch raised over 70 with the sale of badges commemorating the miners' strike.

The leak lifting the lid on offshore tax-havens (see back page) shows that the rich care for nothing but their own wealth. In stark contrast the Socialist Party is working to build a socialist alternative where ordinary people democratically control all the wealth that is produced for the benefit of the whole of society.

We ask for donations in the course of our campaigning to help with that struggle.

Socialist Party members have been out consistently campaigning in support of the junior doctors, calling for the nationalisation of the steel industry and throughout England and Wales against cuts and closures caused by Cameron and Osborne's ruinous austerity.

And now we aim to make the next quarter as successful as the last.

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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.
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In The Socialist 6 April 2016:


Steel crisis

Workers' action to nationalise steel

Tata steel: Act now - fight for nationalisation

My hometown lost its soul when the steelworks closed

Bosses' and union tops' "agenda of misery"


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Needed: a real living wage - not Cameron's sops

Library occupied in 'siege' against Blairite cutters

Save Pent Valley school demo demands a council u-turn

Butterfields tenants and supporters 'walk the walk'

London Labour councils purge housing waiting lists

Fighting fund target smashed, again!


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Getting the anti-austerity struggle onto the ballot paper

TUSC in 'surprise bid' for official exit lead

TUSC councillor calls on trust to reject new junior doctors contract

EU begins deporting refugees

Them & Us

NHS facilities to start paying market rents

Uber and Facebook tax dodge scandal


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Sanders campaign: build a new party of the 99%!

International news in brief


Workplace news and analysis

Northern Powerhouse or Northern poorhouse?

Land Registry workers ready to fight privatisation

Workers and campaigners fight to save library

RMT protests against new Northern Rail franchise

Workplace news in brief


Socialist readers' comments

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