CHANGE OF VENUE

The meeting will now be held at:

The Famous Royal Navy Volunteer
17 - 18 King Street
Bristol, BS1 4EF

The Bristol Branch of the Communist Party is hosting a public meeting on Wednesday the 11th of March.

The speakers will be

Rob Griffiths, CPB General Secretary and parliamentary candidate for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
Laura-Jane Rossington, CPB parliamentary candidate for Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

Laura is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Young Communist League and - as far as we know - the youngest candidate in the forthcoming general election.

This meeting should be of interest to all those concerned with the representation of the working class within and outside parliamentary politics in this and the years to come.

It starts at 19:30 

On Thursday the 5th of March Swindon People's Assembly are holding a "people's question time".

Can we save our NHS from privatisation? - Do strikes work? - What's the alternative to austerity? - Why is there always money for war? - What happened to social housing? - Can we stop cuts?

The panel includes:

Owen Jones author and columnist for the Guardian
Francesca Martinez comedian and activist
Sam Fairbairn National Secretary, People's Assembly
Rosie McGregor South West TUC
Reverend Mark Barrett Swindon Churches Together

Kate Linnegar from the Swindon People’s Assembly spoke to the Swindon Advertiser. “This will be a lively and informative evening, discussing what austerity actually means for people and what the alternatives are."

“There are many things to bear in mind; the rise in foodbank use and homelessness in Swindon, the announcement by the leader of the council David Renard that we face £70m in budget cuts in the next three years which could put vital services at risk, the rise in zero hours contracts and the number of people being sanctioned, the lack of affordable housing, the closure of children’s centres, the privatisation of the NHS and the tendency to blame immigrants and the unemployed for the financial cuts."

The event at Gorse Hill Community Centre is free, but you need to book via EventBribe.

Gerrard and Laura-Jane receiving cheques from the District Treasurer
Gerrard and Laura-Jane receiving cheques from the District Treasurer

Communist general election candidates Gerrard Sables (North Devon) and Laura-Jane Rossington (Plymouth Sutton and Devonport) and their election agents attended the February meeting of the South West England and Cornwall District Committee.

The meeting marked the start of the biggest election battle the region's communists have fought in a generation. Party branches from Cornwall to Swindon have pledged support for the two candidates as a busy schedule of public meetings, street stalls, door to door canvassing and mass leafleting is drawn up.

The party is targeting seats across the country with a focus on constituencies with weak or right-wing Labour candidates.

Members of Swindon People's Assembly and disability rights campaigners recently held a protest outside of the job centre in Princes Street where ATOS carries out its assessments of sick and disabled people and their eligibility for social security.

The Swindon branch of the Communist Party has been involved with the People's assembly since it was founded in November 2013.

Kate Linnegar, of Swindon People’s Assembly, said: "ATOS have been misdiagnosing the cases of Swindon residents for years, causing unnecessary misery and stress and branding ill people as liars.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow explains why No2EU is standing in the 2014 European elections.

25 years after then European Commission president Jacques Delors addressed TUC Congress in Bournemouth promising full employment, better workers’ rights and protection from Tory free market policies in return for full support for the ‘European project’, it is clear that delegates were sold a pup.

Unemployment in the Eurozone remains at a record 12 per cent.

In countries forced to make huge spending cuts in return for ‘bail-outs’ by the ‘Troika’ of the IMF, the European Union and the European Central Bank youth unemployment tops 60 per cent.

No2EU is a trade union-backed campaign that believes the time is right to offer the peoples of Britain an alternative view of Europe.

The working peoples of Europe are clearly not happy with the direction the EU is taking. The failure of the mainstream parties to represent this feeling has led to a political vacuum.

We want to see a Europe of democratic states that value public services and does not offer them to profiteers; a Europe that guarantees the rights of workers and does not put the interests of big business above that of ordinary people. We believe the current structures of the EU makes this impossible.

Organised by trade unionists in the South West, supporters of the paper are invited to a conference at Exeter University on Saturday the 9th of March, starting at 10:00. With key labour movement speakers and workshops on fighting the government's austerity agenda this is not an event to be missed.

Speakers include:

Joanne Kaye - Unison Regional Secretary

Richard Bagley - Morning Star Editor

Alex Gordon - RMT

Bob Oram - PPPS Management Committee

Rob Griffiths - Communist Party General Secretary

 

The Communist Party's well-attended 52nd congress in November 2012 was a political success in terms of the quality of the debate and the unity around the resolutions. Every Party organisation should consider its decisions as a specific agenda item. The Congress Report will be published online and in pamphlet form.

This strategic document sets out our top ten priority areas of work over the coming 18 months to two years in the light of those decisions. Its priorities have been selected by the January 2013 Executive Committee (EC) because they will contribute strategically to strengthening the Communist Party and the labour and progressive movements.

For the People's Charter and a people's Britain!

Build the Communist Party and the labour movement!

Together for our future - a world to win!

You can read the campaign plan in full on the main party site. A summary of the main points can be found below.

To mark International Women's Day the South Devon Branch is showing the film Sylvia Pankhurst - Everything is Possible, at the Exeter Phoenix Centre "Black Box" studio.

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.

The event is free (a donation would be nice) and starts at 19:00 on Wednesday the 13th of March.

More details can be found on the branch's Facebook Page, and a trailer of the film is available on YouTube

Communist Party of Britain: Swindon & District Branch

The sacking of workers at Honda shows once again that the lives of ordinary people are ignored when the bosses backed by this Con-Dem government fail in their responsibilities. Why is it that Honda has lost it's share of the European market whilst Nissan, also Japanese owned, also located in the UK, has exported almost 50% of last years record exports of 1.2 million vehicles? This was the highest total for 5 years. Land Rover selling in the Asian market have also done well.

A source at the Department of Work and Pensions in Swindon has made it clear that they are expecting not the 800 jobs initially reported to be lost but nearly double that at 1500. These are just the job losses at Honda. The domino effect on other suppliers to Honda is not yet known.

Ken Keable is today the District Secretary of the South West of England and Cornwall District of the Communist Party, but in the late sixties and early seventies was one of a group of young anti apartheid campaigners who were recruited to carry out clandestine missions in South Africa for the armed wing of the African National Congress.

In this video he is speaking in the Nelson Mandela Room at Ruskin House, where the Communist Party has its national head quarters, to launch his book London Recruits: The Secret War Against Apartheid.

 

 

Morning Star Conference Flyer

Speakers include:

Michael Meacher MP

Michelle Stanistreet (NUJ)

Len McCluskey (Unite)

Bob Crow (RMT)

Kelvin Hopkins MP

Bill Greenshields (People’s Charter)

Anita Halpin (Morning Star Management Committee)

John Haylett (Morning Star political editor)

Owen Jones (author of "Chavs: the demonisation of the working class")

Hugh Lanning (PCS)

Paul Mackney (former UCU Gen Sec, Vice-Chair of the CoR)

 

This government is an unelected bankers’ dictatorship, alongside the other dictatorships already imposed by the EU in Greece and Italy. A broad mass movement can force it to retreat, thereby preparing the ground for its removal – and progress towards alternatives based on the People's Charter and the Alternative Economic Strategy. The labour movement - and the trade unions within it - have to meet and plan strategically if they are to win victories. How can we make the Labour Party leadership be part of the solution, not part of the problem? How can we forge a mass broad alliance?

Download the full flyer here

South Devon AGM posterThe Exeter and South Devon Branch is holding it's second annual general meeting this Saturday, the 4th of February. There will be a brief report of the work done last year, an election of branch committee members for 2012 and planning for the year ahead.

"Our priorities for 2012 include building our presence in Plymouth, supporting the South Devon Morning Star supporters group and working towards more regular street stalls" announced Tim Gulliver, the outgoing Branch Secretary.

You can find out more details about the branch on their Facebook page.

 

 

The first edition in English of Frederick Engels' Condition of the Working Class in England was published in 1885 in the USA. In 1892 a British edition published by Swan Sonnerschein of Paternoster Square, London came out with Engels' 1892 preface.  A lovely issue of that book is being auctioned by the North Devon Branch Secretary, Gerrard Sables.

Friedrich Engels

One half of the accepted bid will go to help the Morning Star. Go to the North Devon Branch website for further details.

 

 

 

Communists from across the South West region, from Gloucestershire to Cornwall and from Minehead to Bournemouth, met in Exeter on Saturday (19th Feb) to establish a new District of the party. The new District, to be called the South-West of England and Cornwall, matches the territory of the South West Regional TUC.

In a hall decked with the banners of the various branches there was a very positive mood and Ken Keable, who had played the interim and semi-official role of Branch Co-ordinator for the region since 2007, said "not only is the wind of change blowing through North Africa and the Middle East, but there is a breeze of change blowing through the South West as well. People who 'don’t do politics' are finding that politics does them."