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The Socialist 2 May 2018

May and Tories must go

The Socialist issue 993

Windrush: Rudd resigns. May and Tories must go


Young people trapped in private rental

Reject the mega-supermarket merger: nationalise to save jobs

100k more zero-hour contracts in just a year

Windrush: Whitehall demo shames Tories and Blairites

Labour members' fury at expulsion of anti-racist activist Marc Wadsworth

Lib Dems backed benefit sanctions to win 5p carrier bag charge


200 years of Karl Marx: Marxist ideas more relevant than ever


May 1968: Police attacks on students spark mass revolt


May Day McStrike: "A symbol for all workers"

Hull college workers and students protest redundancy plan

RMT members reject Labour affiliation calls at London debate

Radiographers' union discusses coordinated action

Usdaw conference 2018


Stop Trump! Build for mass walkouts and protests on 13 July!

Building fund appeal smashes 150,000, keep it coming!

Salford nursery campaigners take fight to parliament

Parents and campaigners protest Leeds disability travel cut

Obituary: Roy Corke 1945-2018

Leicestershire NHS campaign launched


TUSC causing a stir in Haringey

Groundswell of support for TUSC in Huddersfield

TUSC stands against gentrification and cuts in Waltham Forest


Spain: 'We don't want to be brave, we want to be free!'

Catalonia: thousands on the streets

USA: Defend socialist councillor Kshama Sawant

Malta: right-wing Labour leader's insult to May Day


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Labour members' fury at expulsion of anti-racist activist Marc Wadsworth

The Blairites are responsible for real racist policies - observing that right-wing MPs work with the right-wing press is not racist, photo by London Socialist Party

The Blairites are responsible for real racist policies - observing that right-wing MPs work with the right-wing press is not racist, photo by London Socialist Party   (Click to enlarge)

Labour Party member

Marc Wadsworth has been expelled, after 22 months suspended on charges of bringing the Labour Party into disrepute.

He had been accused by Blairite MP Ruth Smeeth in June 2016, during the launch of the Chakrabarti report, of "traditional antisemitic slurs to attack me for being part of a 'media conspiracy'". Smeeth had stormed out of the meeting.

The incident was recorded on video which showed that Wadsworth had said nothing antisemitic, and had only pointed out how Smeeth was working hand in hand with the Telegraph and other papers to attack Corbyn. The accusation of antisemitism was false and libellous and Smeeth has recently removed it from her website.

But Wadsworth was immediately suspended from the Labour Party, and it took 22 months until he was given a hearing. Smeeth marched to the hearing with 40 Blairite MPs in an attempt to intimidate the panel.

Wadsworth is an anti-racist activist and has been supported by Jewish Voice for Labour, the Jewish Socialist Group, and Chris Williamson MP.

The outrageous expulsion of Wadsworth is more significant as it occurred after the left won control of the Labour national executive committee. It shows that supposed Corbyn supporters are incapable of withstanding the pressure from the Blairites and the media to defend their own allies.

Instead of defending Wadsworth, they threw him overboard, sacrificing him in order to appease the Blairites and the press in the hope that they will stop mudslinging about antisemitism. But this only serves to dishearten the left and embolden the Blairites, some who are now demanding action against Chris Williamson for daring to defend Wadsworth and call out the hypocrisy of the Blairite antisemitism slurs.

This decision, less than a week before the local elections on 3 May, can only serve to dishearten activists. If Wadsworth can be expelled, then no activist is safe from the Blairites and the Labour Party machine.

Witch hunts

The appeasement of the Blairites - by giving in to their demands for witch hunts - will fail. They will not rest until they have deposed Corbyn.

They have shown time and time again their irreconcilable opposition to Corbyn and all he stands for. They will use every opportunity to attack and undermine him.

Corbyn needs to stand firm against them, drive them out of the parliamentary Labour Party and the Labour Party machine. The Labour Party needs to be democratised with a restoration of mandatory reselection. And a firm, consistent and socialist campaign bringing together the left in the Labour Party with those outside the party who want to fight for Corbyn's manifesto now needs to be built.

This must stand firm against attacks from the Blairites and from the capitalist class - attacks which will massively intensify in the event of a Corbyn government. The Socialist Party has asked to be readmitted into the Labour Party and could play a key role in building this left force.


In this issue


What we think

Windrush: Rudd resigns. May and Tories must go


Socialist Party news and analysis

Young people trapped in private rental

Reject the mega-supermarket merger: nationalise to save jobs

100k more zero-hour contracts in just a year

Windrush: Whitehall demo shames Tories and Blairites

Labour members' fury at expulsion of anti-racist activist Marc Wadsworth

Lib Dems backed benefit sanctions to win 5p carrier bag charge


200 years of Karl Marx

200 years of Karl Marx: Marxist ideas more relevant than ever


France '68

May 1968: Police attacks on students spark mass revolt


Socialist Party workplace news

May Day McStrike: "A symbol for all workers"

Hull college workers and students protest redundancy plan

RMT members reject Labour affiliation calls at London debate

Radiographers' union discusses coordinated action

Usdaw conference 2018


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Stop Trump! Build for mass walkouts and protests on 13 July!

Building fund appeal smashes 150,000, keep it coming!

Salford nursery campaigners take fight to parliament

Parents and campaigners protest Leeds disability travel cut

Obituary: Roy Corke 1945-2018

Leicestershire NHS campaign launched


Local elections 2018

TUSC causing a stir in Haringey

Groundswell of support for TUSC in Huddersfield

TUSC stands against gentrification and cuts in Waltham Forest


International socialist news and analysis

Spain: 'We don't want to be brave, we want to be free!'

Catalonia: thousands on the streets

USA: Defend socialist councillor Kshama Sawant

Malta: right-wing Labour leader's insult to May Day


Opinion

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