Coventry Socialists campaign for a general election – say NO to a Tory coronation!

Coventry Socialists campaign for a general election – say NO to a Tory coronation!

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Signing the petition in support of a general election

In the days following the result of the EU referendum, members and supporters of Coventry Socialist Party have hit the streets to campaign for a general election and an end to the Tories. With the referendum delivering a leave vote, within the space of a couple of hours David Cameron had gone, as the Socialist Party predicted. The Tories now want a coronation with the leadership of the country passed from one former Etonian to another. We think that this is totally undemocratic and believe that there should be a general election now, not in 2020.

Our stalls have been very popular with people signing petitions and taking away leaflets, including supporters of both remain and leave.

The Socialist Party are energetically throwing ourselves in to getting rid of the Tories and stepping up the fight against austerity, racism and the capitalist system. We urge you to get involved in this struggle. Interested? Fill in the form at the end of this article and we will be in touch.

For further analysis click here to read an article from our national website

We are holding an open meeting on Wednesday to discuss the situation after the referendum and how we can get the Tories out.

Wednesday 29th June

7.30pm. Charterhouse Club, David Road

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Newspaper and radio coverage for Socialist response to Tata steel crisis

Newspaper and radio coverage for Socialist response to steel crisis

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Coverage in the Coventry Telegraph

The response of the Socialist Party and Dave Nellist to the crisis of the steel industry has received coverage in the local media.

The Coventry Telegraph carried an article that included the press release issued by Coventry Socialist Party (see below)

Dave Nellist was also interviewed live on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire on the Phil Upton show (Gagan Grewal was standing in)

It can be listened to here – go to 2:04:45 to hear Dave outline the case for public ownership and a fighting response from the trade unions.

 


 

‘Governments have bailed out banks – why not steelworkers?’ Dave Nellist urges Jeremy Corbyn to call for Tata Steel nationalisation

BY SIMON GILBERT (writing in the Coventry Telegraph)

Former Coventry MP wants the UK steel industry to be publicly owned following recent crisis in the industry.

Former Coventry MP Dave Nellist has called for the government to take over troubled firm Tata Steel as fears of plant closures loom after the firm announced it wanted to sell its UK business.

He also called on Jeremy Corbyn to adopt the same stance after the Labour Party leader urged the prime minister, David Cameron, to recall parliament to debate the situation in the UK steel industry.

Tata Steel’s parent company Tata owns Coventry-based Jaguar Land Rover and the metal firm is one of the luxury car manufacturer’s suppliers.

The steel company recently opened a research and development centre at the University of Warwick and aims to completely relocate its R&D to Coventry.

Mr Nellist said: “Most of my family were steelworkers. The sale or closure of the remaining steel works would be a disaster for the areas concerned.

“The Tories were forced to nationalise Rolls Royce in 1971, and completed the job in just 24 hours. If we had a serious public sector led house-building programme there would be plenty of need for steel. I support the call to nationalise steel.

“Jeremy Corbyn is absolutely right to urge the prime minister to recall parliament to debate the issue. But I urge Jeremy to add his name to the call for nationalisation to save jobs and to defend the communities that rely on the industry.

“Governments have been quick to bail out the banks. Why not the same for the steelworkers and their families?

“The situation with Tata once again shows why the capitalist system, that puts profit before everything, can’t be trusted to provide jobs and security for ordinary people.”

But Sajid Javid, the government’s business secretary, appeared to play down any suggestion of nationalisation ahead of a meeting of key ministers today.

Mr Javid said: “I’m deeply concerned about the situation. I think it’s absolutely clear that the UK steel industry is absolutely vital for the country.”

He added: “At this stage, given the announcement from Tata has just come out, it’s important I think we talk to them properly and understand the exact situation and we look at all viable options.

“I don’t think nationalisation is going to be the solution because I think everyone would want a long-term viable solution.

“And if you look around Europe and elsewhere I think nationalisation is rarely the answer, particularly if you take into account the big challenges the industry faces.”

Tata says it is being forced to sell its UK steel business after trading conditions “rapidly deteriorated” in the UK and Europe. It pointed the finger at a global oversupply of steel, cheap steel imports, high costs and currency volatility.

Tata was founded in 1868 and has an annual turnover of £77billion and made a profit of £4.7bn in 2015. It owns more than 100 companies and employs 600,000 people worldwide, including 80,000 steel workers in 26 countries.


 

Date set for EU referendum – the Socialist view

Date set for EU referendum – the Socialist view

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For a Socialist Europe

David Cameron has announced that the EU referendum will take place on Thursday 23rd June. The months up until this date will see campaigns across the country advocating a leave or remain position.

What is the position of the Socialist Party?

The Socialist Party will be campaigning for a vote to leave the capitalist EU.

In a recent issue of our newspaper, The Socialist, we wrote

‘The Socialist Party opposes the EU because, as Greece showed (the EU enforced massive austerity on Greece which unfortunately has not been resisted by Syriza – Coventry SP), its laws and institutions, while they ultimately could not stop a determined workers’ government supported by a mass movement from carrying out socialist policies, are another hurdle to overcome. We oppose the EU, Cameron’s deal included, in order to defend working class interests and take forward the fight for socialism, in Britain and Europe.’

We will provide further comment over the coming weeks and months on the EU referendum, on our position and how we can build the fight against capitalism and support the struggle for a Socialist Europe.

For now, here are some links to articles which provide a useful resource of information

Cameron’s EU renegotiation charade

Don’t give taxpayers’ money to UKIP and Tory EU campaigners

Socialists and the EU referendum

No to a capitalist EU, yes to a Socialist Europe

Capitalists strangling Greece – article by a German Marxist