Prescription and dental charges to rise again – fight for a free NHS!

Bea Gardner, Southampton Socialist Party   From April 2017 NHS charges for prescriptions and dental treatment in England are set to rise yet again. Tory health minister Philip Dunne announced that standard prescription charges will rise by 20p, and some dental...
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Socialist Party Congress 2017

Socialist Party Congress 2017 reports The Socialist Party's national congress 2017 took place in London from 11 to 13 March, attended by delegates and visitors from Socialist Party branches all over England and Wales, as well as international guests. Delegates...
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Oxford bus drivers’ strike: Huge anger at bosses’ attacks

Over 4oo bus drivers at the Oxford Bus Company, owned by Go Ahead, have started strike action in a dispute over pay and attacks on terms and conditions. This is the first Oxford bus strike in 40 years and came to a head when management refused to pay agreed rates for...
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Obituary: John Pickett – 1954-2017

Alison Hill John Pickett, Socialist Party comrade and postal worker, has died very suddenly at the age of 63. I first met John in the early 1980s, just after he returned to Portsmouth after being at college in Stoke. He and his brother Chris played a vital role in...
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Southampton: Ripe for a fightback, no-cuts budget needed

Starved of cash by continued Tory funding cuts, Labour councils are facing another round of budget cuts. Local campaigners in Southampton have been horrified at the news that notorious privateer Capita has been under instructions from the Labour council to pressure...
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What happened at Jobstown?
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One of the major points of contention in the Jobstown Trial has been the question of an agreed process between the protesters and the Gardaí on the day. Many of the Garda witnesses deny that any process was agreed. Of course, as has been happening throughout the trial, other Gardaí contradicted them an said there was an agreed proces. This video evidence outlines the course of events, showing helicopter footage alongside ground footage and narration to explain what's happening. Like & Share this to get the word out, because the mainstream media certainly wont!

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And here's why Corbyn's left manifesto message is resonating with millions (Philip Stephens in the FT)

"The present economic settlement — enriching the richest while the incomes of the majority stagnate — is seen as unfair. The trends have been visible for decades. To turn them into numbers one has only to look at the relative shares of capital and labour in national income.

Until the 1990s these remained roughly constant, signalling that most people benefited from a growing economy. In recent decades labour’s share has fallen while that of capital has increased. The Bank of England estimates that since 2007 the share of the national income pie paid in wages in Britain has fallen by 5 percentage points to about 53 per cent. During the 1980s it was closer to 65 per cent.

those figures as much as any other explain the popular revolt against the present economic settlement. The system, to put it simply, is lifting the yachts of the super-rich while leaving the boats of the rest stranded on the shore."
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SPTV Question Time with Hannah Sell, SP deputy general secretary and former LP NEC member. ... See MoreSee Less

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Southern Region is holding two election rallies in Southampton and Reading, which will include book promotions and opportunities to buy copies.

"Tories Out! Corbyn can win with socialist policies"

Saturday 27 May, 1pm
Stage Door,
West Marlands Road, Southampton, SO14 7FW
Speakers: Sarah Wrack, editor of The Socialist; Mick Tosh, RMT Wessex Regional Organiser; Dave Hunt, Fast Food Rights Campaign & Bakers Union; Sannon Monroe, Southampton Socialist Students

Sunday 4 June, 2pm
RISC
35-39 London Street,Reading, RG1 4PS
Speakers: Claire Laker, SP Executive Committee; Sara Gillman, Healthworker; Reading Socialist Students
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Launch of our new book- 'From Militant to the Socialist Party' by Peter Taaffe - socialistbooks.co.uk

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Launch of our new book- 'From Militant to the Socialist Party' by Peter Taaffe - socialistbooks.co.uk

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Oh dear. 3 times Theresa May refuses to say how she's going to find new money for the NHS. Shambles. #BBCElection

They're trying to stop you reading about Dementia Tax. That's Dementia Tax. Dementia Tax? Think about that for a minute. Dementia Tax. https://t.co/Svf3U1GKvD

Welsh Westminster voting intention:

LAB: 44% (+9)
CON: 34% (-7)
PC: 9% (-2)
LDEM: 6% (-1)
UKIP: 5% (+1)

(via @YouGov / 18 - 21 May)

SP members send #solidarity greetings to PCS as they begin their conference today. #pcsadc

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Ironically, I'm currently not allowed to rejoin #Labour because I *want* @jeremycorbyn to be PM, whilst my former roommate TB *doesn't*! https://t.co/AqHvzGCyZZ

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