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From The Socialist newspaper, 15 September 2021

Putting socialism on the map in Chichester

Building the Socialist Party in Chichester

Building the Socialist Party in Chichester   (Click to enlarge)

Christine Archer, Chichester Socialist Party

A new Socialist Party group has started in Chichester, which is, as anyone who knows the city would understand, a challenge to say the least! However, although starting with just four women, real progress is being made, and there is a lot of interest.

The group has set up a stall in the city centre on a Tuesday afternoon on a regular basis, attracting interest from socialist-minded people, some returning more than once to chat with us.

Many from all generations are very concerned about what is happening in this country run by this corrupt and asset-stripping Tory government. The younger generations are very worried about their future, and the middle age group have concerns about their children's future, as well as their own and often their elderly parents too!

The over-70 age group are perhaps a bit more set in their political views but have concerns about the future of the NHS and social care.

A lot of interest has come from Labour voters who are desperately worried about the Labour right-wing takeover of the party, and feel they need to stay true to their socialist values.

These people are searching for a new political party which can closely replicate the Jeremy Corbyn-era of Labour.

This is where we can pick up new members for the future, especially with furlough coming to an end and the country going into an even bigger slump. One man has already joined and will add further to the group.

Anybody interested in coming to chat or join us more permanently will be given a warm welcome. We are outside one of the closed shops near to the Cross in Chichester City Centre from 1-3pm on a Tuesday. At the current time we are campaigning for higher NHS wages and against privatisation, and on help for the people of Afghanistan. Future campaigns will be for social care and housing, reflecting very current social issues.

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In The Socialist 15 September 2021:


What we think

We need a new political party for workers and youth

What's behind the worker shortages, and what can be done about it?


News

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Hands off the Universal Credit uplift

Unite young and old to defend the pensions triple lock


Climate change

Climate change, capitalism, and the struggle for socialism


Youth and students

We won't pay for capitalism's failings

Scrap tuition fees - end university marketisation

Returning to campus: Students need to fight

Campaigning for socialism at Oxford Brookes Uni

Youth Fight for Jobs launches campaign in Brighton


Workplace news

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Oaks Park school: Redbridge Labour council backs strike-breaking bullies

Save jobs and services - nationalise rail

Weetabix - workers have had enough

Carmarthenshire Unison: 'Recognise our union!'

Goodlord dispute: Labour's leadership weasled out of backing strike action


NHS

Take the wealth off the super-rich to fund: NHS and social care, pay and benefit rises

Deaths of despair: Health crisis - capitalism in the dock

On the frontline, and still fighting for the NHS

Solidarity to the striking workers at Charité and Vivantes hospitals in Berlin


Campaigns

Putting socialism on the map in Chichester

Reclaiming Pride as protest in Nottingham

Fighting fund target reached: Help us continue to raise our banner and programme


Review

Nuclear Folly: A New History of the Cuban Missile Crisis

TV review - Grenfell: The Untold Story


 

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