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From The Socialist newspaper, 28 March 2018
Conference reflects mood of optimism in Socialist Party Northern region
Socialist Party Northern region conference, 25.3.18, photo by Nick Fray (Click to enlarge)
Elaine Brunskill, Northern Socialist Party secretary
You know a conference has been good when those attending are enthusiastic despite shivering because of the lack of heating in the venue!
Around 30 of us, including trade unionists, youth and community activists, were at our Socialist Party Northern Region conference on 25 March.
Our members listened intently as Socialist Party executive committee member Ken Douglas reported on the depth of the capitalist crisis across Europe. This includes events in Catalonia, where there are elements of revolution and counterrevolution, and how the most combative workers and youth are fighting for independence.
We discussed the ongoing problems facing Angela Merkel, who after six months only just managed to scrape together nine votes more than the legal requirement to become chancellor.
There were excellent contributions from the floor, including a report of the German IG Mettal workers who have won significant gains. An NHS worker spoke about the growing mood in Britain to reject the NHS pay deal (see page 6).
Our discussion on building the Socialist Party was inspirational and included reports from our young members on how to build among students and their participation in Corbyn's youthquake.
Members listened raptly to one of our shop stewards who explained how he had used the methods learnt from our organisation to help build his trade union branch, which has been involved in successful strike action.
Our fighting fund appeal raised over £400. This is on top of the £3,800 pledged to our building fund campaign.
All of this reflects the mood of optimism in our region that alongside workers and youth we can build a formidable socialist challenge to this rotten capitalist system.
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In The Socialist 28 March 2018:
What we think
Antisemitism slurs: latest attempt to derail Corbynism
Socialist Party workplace news
NEU conference 2018: Strike to take on the Tories
UCU: Strike action forces bosses to retreat but keep the pressure on
NHS pay: Reject the Tories' divide and rule offer
British Museum: Carillion workers demand to be brought back in-house
Victimised recycling strikers uncowed as Hull strike wave builds
Liverpool Uni staff set to fight 220 job losses
Aberdeen bus drivers strike against pay cuts
Migrant cleaners win living wage at Mail
Local elections 2018
For Whom the School Bell Tolls: Our kids or the Tories?
Southampton asks "What will you do to stop education cuts?"
Campaign against Newham academies boosted by victories
Save Free School Meals!
Martin Luther King
The life and legacy of Martin Luther King
Socialist Party news and analysis
Grenfell: survivors not rehoused, inquiry not independent, blocks not safe
Walkout from undercover policing inquiry
Social media - the potential and the limits
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Tories fear youth revolt - fight for our future
Goldsmiths students occupy and protest in support of UCU strikers
Walthamstow Save Our Square protesters thrown out of city hall for demanding a say
Northern Socialist Party conference
North West Socialist Party conference
Building fund appeal
Bristol Socialist Students join Yarlswood demo
May Day greetings: Lend your support to the fight against the bosses
International socialist news and analysis
France: Pressure mounts on Macron government
USA: Huge 'march for our lives' protests
Russia's predictable presidential election
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