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The Socialist issue 1010 carried correspondence between Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe and Labour Party general secretary Jennie Formby (see 'The struggle to transform Labour').
Here, we carry an extract from a letter written by a local Labour Party activist in support of the Socialist Party's request for re-admittance to the party.
As a Labour Party member I am writing to you as your exchange of correspondence was published in the Socialist newspaper.
With regard to your letter of 29 August 2018, I have the following comment: my friend Elaine Evans from Bolsover has stood as a Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate, but did so with a heavy heart.
Elaine wrote to the Labour councillor asking him to agree to not implement Tory cuts, and explained that if he agreed then she would not stand.
No such assurance was received and therefore she stood against the type of people you are defending, who are in reality class traitors.
Recently, Tory minister Esther McVey told her party conference that Derek Hatton had re-joined the Labour Party and that this was a measure as to how far left the party had moved.
Given that purge was so long ago, and that I have friends in the Socialist party and regard them as jolly fine human beings, I would ask that you put it to the national executive committee and that we have a change of policy towards people who are socialists.
My branch in Chesterfield will debate this letter in November, and if your reply is received in time, that also.
Adrian B Rimington, Chesterfield
Crime and Cuts
The pages of the Liverpool Echo seem to resemble the turmoil of Chicago during Prohibition: almost daily shootings and mayhem. Our city's mayor attacks the government for its crazed cuts policies.
But what is his solution? Urging MPs to try and get an 'urgent debate in Parliament about the policing situation in Liverpool' (Liverpool Echo 19 October 2018).
In the same pages Liam Thorpe reports the scandalous closure of St. John's Community Nursery because of cuts. The nursery has served the area of Dingle for decades.
The mayor has presided over six years of cuts and decried any suggestion of mobilising opposition to the government. His 'solution' is to bombard the government with letters and have a chat with his friend Lord Heseltine. The Tories' response? To pat his head and commend him for his compliance. We are witnessing the consequences.
Raise the issue of crime and cuts in parliament by all means, but it will be a dialogue with the deaf.
The slide into chaos and want will continue as long as this government, dedicated to enriching the already fabulously rich, remains in office.
It's time for councils to set needs budgets, and to mount a serious campaign, including industrial action, to force a general election and get Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street.
Tony Mulhearn, Liverpool
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