Communist party general secretary Robert Griffiths, spoke at a meeting of CP organisers and officers on Monday about the challenges facing the labour movement and on preparations for the TUC organised demonstration "Britain Needs a Pay Rise".

He issued a rallying call to members and supporters to make the demonstrations in London and Glasgow a bold and clear message that workers "will not tolerate poor wages and job loss, whilst exploitation increases and the super profits of price-fixing exploiters go unchecked."

He called on members and supporters to, "Rally to party banners in both cities and to spare no effort to turn out large numbers of unionised workers, their families and communities and to demonstrate in the tens of thousands."

The demonstrations will take place against a backdrop of strikes in health and local government, set for earlier in the week.

Press release from www.stophinkley.org 

The government's announcement yesterday of an eye-watering £92.50 strike price is nothing more than 'grandstanding' according to campaigners in the south west. Nikki Clark, Stop Hinkley spokesperson said "Yesterdays announcement was much ado over nothing and despite all the fanfare and visits of the rich and famous to Hinkley, there is no legally binding agreement, nor will there be until the government get their plans past the European Commission which, according to various media outlets, would be summer 2014 at the earliest."

The announcement by Lib-Dem Energy Secretary Ed Davey of a new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset is a bad deal for the British people and could spell disaster for future generations.

Reliance on nuclear fusion as a source of energy remains a costly, dangerous and hugely irresponsible option. The consequences of radioactive contamination can be calamitous. The storage of high-level radioactive waste on the site could ruin our beautiful region.

The guaranteed price agreed by government - the "strike price" - of £92.50 for every megawatt hour, is almost twice the current wholesale cost of electricity. The Energy Secretary's blind belief that energy prices will be £77 lower in 2030 than they might otherwise be does not even have his own confidence, because of undefined "uncertainties".

Coinciding with the 96th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution we will be holding our second Big Red Quiz of 2013 on Nov 7th - this time at the Stag and Hounds, Old Market, Bristol.

With prizes, a raffle and chips at half time, come along in a team of four(ish) or join a team on the night.

If you made the May Day quiz we know you will want repeat the experience: if not you too will want to join the more or less healthy socialist competition to topple the comrades from Gloucestershire who showed their class, and who was boss, on that occasion!

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The EDL has called a "national rally" to be held in Exeter on the 16th of November.

A peaceful counter rally is being planned by the umbrella organisation Exeter Together. For details, and to add your support to the anti-EDL statement, visit exetertogether.wordpress.com

Report finds 45% of South West renters live in unfit conditions - taken from Inside Housing.

A study has revealed today that 45 per cent of homes for private rent in the South West of England are either damp, dangerous, cold or in a bad state of repair.

The NatCen study commissioned by Shelter showed that almost half the renters in conditions where 'rogue'  landlords aren't maintaining their properties are having their 'health and wellbeing' put at risk.

Local authorities have received 27,000 complaints about landlords in the last four years from renters and according to the charity.

Unfortunately the final date of the party speaking tour in the South West has been cancelled. The public meeting was due to be hosted by the Dorset branch of the party.

If you were to only follow the mainstream media it would almost be possible to have completely missed the fact that hundreds of thousands of people marched through London yesterday in protest against the government.

Mrs Bobbie-Jo Treglown of the Dorset branch of the Communist Party gave the following statement to the district website.

The media's minimal mentions of Saturdays march can only mean a media black out. Anti austerity marches in other parts of Europe are shown to maximum effect, yet we the people of Britain do not appear to exist. This should be a wake up call to you all! Many more than 100,000 men, women, and children marched past Westminster with sincere complaints at how we are being treated by those inside. I refer to all three main party leaders, the three cowardly pigs - hear no revolution, see no revolution and speak no revolution. Your house may be grand and made of stone but we will come back in greater numbers and we will huff, puff and blow your house down!

The 20th of October will see hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets of London to take part in the TUC led march "For a Future that Works".

Many Communist Party members will be marching with their unions, but there will be a large party bloc in London and at the sister march in Glasgow. To march side by side with party members, assemble from 10am onwards opposite Temple tube station (just look for the red flags and party banners). Space will be made available in front of our bloc for those with mobility aids and wheelchairs and those with personal carers.

The Communist Party has produced a special tabloid style edition of Britain's Road to Socialism which is also available to read online: issuu.com/communist_party/docs/brs

Trade unions have generously paid for the free distribution of 25,000 copies of a bumper edition of the Morning Star.

It's official, the people of Cornwall have spoken they have sacked Tory privatisation fundamentalist, Councillor Alec Robertson as leader of Cornwall Council.

Cornish councillors across the political spectrum - Independents, MK, LibDem, Labour and even some Tories have said enough is enough and put an end to mass privatisation, off shoring of Cornwall's services and put people first.

The vote of no confidence in the Tory leader was won by 63 to 49 and greeted with applause by councillors and the public alike.

Part of the Communist Party's National Speaking Tour, Plymouth communists will host a public meeting with national and local speakers setting out the Communist Party's alternative to the government's austerity agenda.

Speakers include:

Robert Griffiths, General Secretary of the CPB

Sarah Allen-Melvin, PCS Union South West Vice-Chair (in a personal capacity)

Monday 15th October, Room RLB 206, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University, PL4 8AA

Organised as part of the national CP Speaking tour, the Bristol and District Branch of the Communist Party of Britain invite you to attend this public meeting - and make your own contribution to the discussion and debate.

Britain Needs Socialism Public Meeting YHA, Narrow Quay, Bristol. Monday 29th October 7.30pm

Speakers:

Robert Griffiths, General Secretary, Communist Party of Britain.

Andy Newman, Socialist Blogger, on SOCIALIST UNITY 'debate & analysis for activists and trade unionists, covering British and international politics, economics, anti-racism, anti-imperialism, music and culture'

The second of the South West public meetings of the Communist Party's speaking tour to launch Britain's Road to Socialism was held in Exeter on Monday.

Addressing the public meeting Liz Payne, South West England and Cornwall District Chair, highlighted why Britain needs socialism more than ever. “We live in the 6th richest country in the world, yet in winter 25,000 people die as a result of being cold. This is a national scandal at a time when the energy monopolies continue to make record profits,” she said.

Photograph of Rob Griffiths speaking in ExeterGeneral Secretary Robert Griffiths outlined the significance of the Communist Party throughout it's 90 year history. He emphasised the the party's analysis of the importance of the trade union movement in any struggle to overthrow capitalism and the need to always fight battles “for the long term”.

Tim Gulliver, Exeter and South Devon Branch Secretary, spoke of his excitement at the launch of the new programme. “It has been 10 years since the last edition of Britain's Road to Socialism, and in the current crisis of capitalism this edition will guide a new generation in the theory of Marxism-Leninism”.

 

The nationwide Communist Party speaking tour to launch Britain's Road to Socialism started right here in the South West.

The event was held in the Colliton club, Dorchester, Dorset. It is the first in a series of dates across the district of South West England and Cornwall.

The public meeting was well attended and received. The meeting contained a broad section of left wing thinking. This included members of the Communist Party, Socialist Workers Party, Respect, Labour and members of the Co-operative movement.

The range of attendees “created a greater sense of unity among the left wing in Dorset” said Carl Wainwright, Dorset CPB branch secretary and organiser of the event.

The key note speaker was Robert Griffiths, General Secretary of the Communist Party. The other speakers were Paul Kimber, Councillor Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, Tim Nicholls, branch secretary of Dorset Socialists and Carl Wainwright, branch secretary of CPB Dorset.

Below is a press release issued by the South Devon Branch for the forthcoming CPB speaking tour. It provides a useful model for other branches to use.

Poster advertising the speaking tourCPB Speaking Tour comes to Exeter

The nationwide Communist Party speaking tour is to make four stops in the South West of England. Launching the new edition of the party's programme, Britain's Road to Socialism, the open public meetings will discuss why Britain needs socialism more than ever, and how it can be achieved.

The events have been described by general secretary Robert Griffiths as the “biggest and most extensive party campaign in decades” and will “roll out discussion of the CP Programme and take it through meetings and education sessions, a national speaking tour and conferences”.

As well as promoting the new edition of the party programme, the meetings coincide with the launch of a new district website, the unveiling of a new district banner and a growing membership and increasing branch activity across the region.

The Devon meeting takes place in Exeter on Monday the 17th of October at 19:30 in the Phoenix Arts Centre. Speakers include Robert Griffiths the CP general secretary and Liz Payne, South West District chair.

Full details of the tour can be found at www.southwestcommunists.org.uk and via the South Devon CPB Facebook page www.facebook.com/southdevoncommunists  

The South West of England and Cornwall District is pleased to announce a celebration of the Bolshevik revolution.

On the 12th of November Jean Turner (in a personal capacity), Honorary Secretary of the Society for Co-operation in Russian & Soviet Studies, will deliver a talk to comrades, illustrated with film footage, about the Russian revolution. The day will be hosted by Liz Payne, district chair, who will also give a talk on the overthrow of socialism in the USSR. We will end with a meal.

The event is being held in Taunton and starts at 15:00, finishing around 18:30. Tickets for the day are free, with a collection at the end, but due to venue restrictions you must book in advance.

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The North Devon Branch are pleased to welcome guest speaker Professor Mary Davis, author of Sylvia Pankhurst - A life in Radical Politics, to introduce the film Sylvia Pankhurst - Everything is Possible.

The film, a feature length documentary, traces Sylvia Pankhurst’s ideas, campaigns and political life. The film is packed with facts from primary sources, rare images from museums and archives, interviews with historians and compelling testimony from Sylvia’s son Richard Pankhurst and his wife Rita.


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Join us at The Plough Arts Centre in Great Torrington at 20:00 on the 22nd of November.

The nationwide CP speaking tour is to make four stops in the South West of England. Launching the new edition of Britain's Road to Socialism, the open public meetings will discuss why Britain needs socialism more than ever, and how it can be achieved.

The events have been described by General Secretary Robert Griffiths as the “biggest and most extensive party campaign in decades” and will “roll out discussion of the CP Programme and take it through meetings and education sessions, a national speaking tour and conferences”.

As well as promoting the new edition of the party programme, the meetings coincide with the launch of a new district website, the unveiling of a new district banner and a growing membership and increasing branch activity across the region.

The meeting details are as follows:

Taken from communist-party.org.uk

The following statement was dopted by the CP Executive Committee at the weekend.

In March 2011, the Communist Party of Britain opposed UN resolution 1973 (2011) for a no-fly zone over Libya as providing cover for external military intervention by imperialist powers.

Eight months later, the CPB continues to oppose this intervention. A minimum of 30,000 people have been killed and much of the country’s infrastructure has been destroyed as the conflict continues.