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”.