Socialist Equality Party (Britain)

The political fraud of Britain’s Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

By Chris Marsden, 17 April 2015

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition offers no answer for anyone seeking a left alternative to the Labour Party.

Latest UK pension reforms will lead to a yet deeper crisis

By Katie Rhodes—SEP candidate for Glasgow Central, 15 April 2015

The move by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition and the major parties is another step in dismantling the pension system.

Holborn and St. Pancras: London’s great social divide

By Paul Stuart, 13 April 2015

A quarter of households in the constituency have incomes of £20,000 or less, while in St. Pancras and Somers Town this figure rises to 44 percent.

Socialist Equality Party overturns election hustings exclusion in Camden

By Paul Mitchell, 11 April 2015

The exclusion of SEP general election candidate David O’Sullivan was overturned after the chair was forced to call a vote.

SEP candidate for Glasgow Central addresses Caledonian University hustings

By Julie Hyland, 10 April 2015

Not only was SEP candidate Katie Rhodes the only socialist speaking, she was the only one speaking for a party that did not define itself as “Scottish”.

London: The Kingsway pavement fire and the need for socialism

By David O’Sullivan, 8 April 2015

Thousands of workers had to be evacuated from the Holborn area.

UK party leaders’ debate: Pro-business parties discuss how best to impose austerity

By Chris Marsden, 4 April 2015

The debate underscored the vast chasm that exists between Britain’s ruling elite and the concerns of the broad mass of working people.

Socialist Equality Party (UK) 2015 General Election manifesto: No to war and austerity! Fight for socialism!

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 30 March 2015

The Socialist Equality Party in Britain is seeking to mobilise working people in a political struggle against austerity and war through the fight for a workers’ government based on socialist policies.

Socialist Equality Group in Ireland holds first public meeting

By Paul Mitchell, 7 February 2015

The newly formed Socialist Equality Group (SEG) held a meeting entitled “The Struggle for Trotskyism in Ireland” in Dublin on February 3.

Public meeting Tuesday in Dublin, Ireland: The Struggle for Trotskyism in Ireland

31 January 2015

The Socialist Equality Group is holding a public meeting in Dublin on February 3.

SEP (UK) public meetings: Socialism and the fight against austerity and war

13 January 2015

The SEP (UK) will be holding a series of meetings in March 2015.

UK: Oppose rationing of vital health services!

By Ajanta Silva, 7 January 2015

What is happening to public health provision in Devon is a warning to the entire working class.

The fight against war and the political tasks of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain)

28 November 2014

This statement was adopted unanimously by the Second National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain) on October 28.

Workers and youth support Socialist Equality Party campaign in opposition to Scottish nationalism

By our reporters, 16 September 2014

Workers and young people in Scotland have responded positively to the SEP’s call for a “No” vote in Thursday’s referendum on the basis of a rejection of nationalism and the fight for the unity of workers in Britain and internationally.

Veteran Scottish nationalist Jim Sillars denounces fight for socialism

By Steve James, 5 September 2014

Sillars told a Glasgow meeting that an independent Scotland could rely on oil and financial speculation.

The class issues in the Scottish referendum

By Chris Marsden, 2 September 2014

The following is an edited version of a speech given by Socialist Equality Party National Secretary Chris Marsden at a public meeting in Partick Burgh Hall, Glasgow on August 27.

SEP campaigners oppose Scottish separatism, call for class unity

By our reporters, 21 August 2014

SEP teams have been campaigning in Glasgow city centre, Paisley, Greenock and Port Glasgow.

Scottish workers speak for a “no” vote in independence referendum

By our reporters, 15 August 2014

One worker opposed to the separatist referendum said, “We can work together to get rid of the whole rotten system.”

Socialist Equality Party (UK) holds meeting in Bradford against war in Gaza

By our reporters, 9 August 2014

The meeting outlined a socialist strategy against war based on the unification of the international working class.

Bradford meeting: “What Israel is doing in Gaza is genocide—there is no other word for it”

By our reporters, 9 August 2014

Some of those attending the Bradford, West Yorkshire public meeting on the Gaza massacre spoke to the World Socialist Web Site .

Socialist Equality Party (UK) public meeting August 4: Oppose the bombardment of Gaza!

1 August 2014

What is unfolding in Gaza is a calculated war crime against a defenceless population of 1.8 million Palestinians.

UK SEP National Secretary interviewed on BBC Daily Politics

By our reporter, 4 June 2014

Marsden explained that a previous interview demonstrated bias and trivialised “something which is quite serious.”

European election results for the Socialist Equality Party (UK) and Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Germany)

By our correspondent, 29 May 2014

The PSG of Germany received 9,852 votes nationwide, while the SEP (UK) obtained 5,067 votes in Britain’s northwest region.

UK foodbank organizer says most recipients are working poor

By Robert Stevens, 28 May 2014

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to Scott Tulloch, who runs a foodbank at Lower Broughton in central Salford about the growth in emergency food aid.

SEP European election candidate Chris Marsden interviewed on BBC 2’s “Daily Politics ”

By our reporter, 23 May 2014

Marsden explained that the SEP “advances a perspective that defends the working class.”

SEP candidate Chris Marsden speaks to BBC Radio Stoke and Radio Cumbria

By our reporter, 20 May 2014

Marsden responds to interviewer Stuart George’s questions regarding what the Socialist Equality Party was born out of and what it stood for.

SEP campaign in Liverpool: “I think we need a real left wing party, an alternative to the three main parties”

By our reporters, 19 May 2014

Workers expressed disgust with the right-wing policies of the major parties and concern over events in Ukraine.

European Elections: SEP candidate Robert Skelton speaks at hustings in Manchester, UK

By our reporters, 12 May 2014

In light of the criminal drive to war against Russia by US and European imperialism, Skelton called for an end to militarism.

Letter to Kathryn Davron from WSWS Chairman David North

9 May 2014

Below we republish the letter sent by David North, Chairman of the World Socialist Web Site, to Kathryn Davron on April 13, 2014—the day after she had been told that there was nothing medically that could be done to prolong her life after a four-year struggle with cancer.

Chris Marsden: Ukraine crisis—A turning point in world history

By Chris Marsden, 8 May 2014

We are publishing here the text of the speech given by Chris Marsden, national secretary of the SEP (UK), to the International Online May Day Rally hosted by the International Committee of the Fourth International and the WSWS on Sunday, May 4.
Link to audio

ICFI meeting in Paris on May 11 for the European elections

No to war against Russia! No to austerity! Support the ICFI in the European elections!

8 May 2014

Kathryn Davron: March 2, 1950—May 1, 2014

By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 7 May 2014

Kath was a Trotskyist all her adult life. Her death follows a four-year struggle against cancer, throughout which she displayed her usual attributes of courage and determination.

SEP (UK) candidate: Oppose attacks on National Health Service workers’ pay

By Ajitha Gunaratne—candidate of the SEP (UK) for the European elections, 6 May 2014

The following statement has been issued by Ajitha Gunaratne, candidate of the Socialist Equality Party for the North West England constituency in the upcoming European elections.

British Trotskyist leader addresses Australian SEP congress

By Chris Marsden, 26 April 2014

“The program we advocate is the only conceivable path forward for working people everywhere.”

Oppose the fracking operation at Barton Moss

By SEP candidate Robert Skelton, 24 April 2014

The following statement has been issued by Robert Skelton, candidate of the Socialist Equality Party for the North West England constituency in the upcoming European elections.

Socialist Equality Party (UK) speaks to workers about attacks on welfare in Manchester

By SEP candidate Ajitha Gunaratne, 23 April 2014

SEP candidate Ajitha Gunaratne spoke to workers and youth in Manchester, a city devastated by de-industrialisation and the austerity policies of successive Conservative and Labour governments.

SEP holds first European election meeting in North West England constituency

By Paul Mitchell, 17 April 2014

SEP National Secretary Chris Marsden told the first European election meeting, “Our programme has stood the test of time. We ask you not just to vote for us, but to join and help build the SEP.”

Manchester meeting: “It’s like a blindfold being taken off”

By our reporters, 17 April 2014

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to several members of the audience at the SEP European election meeting in the North West England constituency.

Socialist Equality Party stands in UK’s North West constituency in European Elections

By Julie Hyland, 3 April 2014

Covering the birthplace of the industrial revolution, the North West has been decimated by the de-industrialisation and austerity policies of successive Conservative and Labour governments.

Socialist Equality Party in Britain joins German Partei für Soziale Gleichheit in European election campaign

By our reporters, 31 March 2014

The aim of the SEP and PSG in the elections is to unite working people against the capitalist European Union and its national governments in the fight for the United Socialist States of Europe.

UK public meetings

Ukraine: The danger of fascism and war

8 March 2014

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality invites you to a meeting on the critical events in the Ukraine where we will outline the socialist perspective in opposition to the dangers of fascism and war.

Support the London Underground strikers!

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)

11 February 2014

All those workers who have seen their jobs and living standards decimated must come to the defence of the London Underground workers.

Dave Hyland and the role of the individual in history

By Nick Beams, 24 January 2014

Trotsky referred on several occasions to the “physical power of thought.” I witnessed the embodiment of that conception as comrade Dave waged his struggle inside the WRP.

A tribute to Dave Hyland

By David North, 23 January 2014

We are posting here the tribute to Dave Hyland, former national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party of Britain, delivered by David North, national chairman of the SEP of the US and chairman of the International Editorial Board of the WSWS, to a memorial meeting held January 18 in honor of Comrade Hyland.

David Hyland and the fight for socialist consciousness

By Ulrich Rippert, 22 January 2014

Dave Hyland’s political strength came from his understanding that the revolutionary energy of the working class can only be developed on the basis of a socialist and internationalist perspective, and through the building of the International Committee of the Fourth International.

Dave Hyland: A life-long struggle for Trotskyism

By Chris Marsden, 21 January 2014

Dave Hyland joined the Socialist Labour League at a crucial juncture in not just British, but world history, and it was world events that ultimately shaped him.

Memorial meeting pays tribute to Dave Hyland’s political struggle

By Robert Stevens, 20 January 2014

The Socialist Equality Party of Britain held a memorial meeting on January 18 in honour of Dave Hyland, its former national secretary, who died December 8, 2013, aged 66.

Against the European Union, for the United Socialist States of Europe!

Statement by the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit and Socialist Equality Party (UK) on the 2014 European Elections

10 January 2014

The Partei für Soziale Gleichheit and Socialist Equality Party (UK) seek to mobilise a mass political and social movement of the European working class against big business, its parties and its governments.

Public Meeting: David Hyland—a political appreciation

28 December 2013

The Socialist Equality Party in the UK is hosting a memorial meeting on January 18 for Dave Hyland, its former national secretary, who died December 8, aged 66.

Memories of Dave Hyland from the US and Australia

28 December 2013

Below we publish additional letters of condolence sent by Dave Hyland’s comrades internationally.

Further condolences on the death of Dave Hyland

20 December 2013

Below we publish additional letters of condolence sent by Dave’s comrades internationally.

Eileen Hyland responds with thanks

20 December 2013

A letter from Eileen Hyland thanking those sending condolences on the death of her husband.

More letters from international comrades on the death of Dave Hyland

18 December 2013

Below we publish additional letters of condolence sent by Dave’s comrades internationally.

Letters from international comrades on the death of Dave Hyland

16 December 2013

Below we publish an initial selection of letters of condolence sent by Dave’s comrades internationally.

David Edward Hyland: March 7, 1947 — December 8, 2013

By Chris Marsden, 10 December 2013

Dave Hyland’s lasting political legacy is that in 1985-1986 he led the faction of the Workers Revolutionary Party that declared its support for the International Committee of the Fourth International and opposed the efforts of the party’s central leadership, Gerry Healy, Cliff Slaughter and Mike Banda, to liquidate the Trotskyist movement in Britain and internationally.

UK public meetings: Defend Edward Snowden! Oppose Britain’s surveillance state!

19 November 2013

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality in the UK are holding a series of meetings in defence of Edward Snowden, the former US National Security Agency contractor.

UK: Trafford Council drops challenge to local Accident & Emergency closure

By Tony Robson, 12 October 2013

The decision not to challenge the government over the closure of services at Trafford General Hospital is an indictment of the Save Trafford General campaign.

Socialist Equality Party Public Meetings

UK workers and young people discuss Syria and the threat of war

By our reporters, 10 October 2013

The overwhelming majority of a mainly young audience were scathing of the humanitarian pretext being used for war.

UK public meetings: Hands off Syria!

14 September 2013

The US and Britain are intent on war against Syria in defiance of mass public opposition, which had forced the UK parliament to vote against an immediate attack.

UK public meeting in Oxford:

Defend whistleblower Edward Snowden!

The socialist answer to the assault on democratic rights

24 August 2013

The Socialist Equality Party in the UK is holding a meeting in Oxford in defence of the US whistleblower Edward Snowden.

UK public meetings: Defend whistle-blower Edward Snowden!

The socialist answer to the assault on democratic rights

13 July 2013

The Socialist Equality Party in the UK is holding a series of meetings in defence of the US whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

Attend Socialist Equality Party (UK) public meeting in London: Turkey at the Crossroads

1 July 2013

The Socialist Equality Party is holding a public meeting in London to discuss the critical events that have unfolded in Turkey.

Tsar to Lenin shown at UK’s National Media Museum and the Cornerhouse

By our reporters, 6 June 2013

First released in 1937, Herman Axelbank’s Tsar to Lenin ranks among the greatest documentary films of the twentieth century.

David North addresses London meeting on the 15th anniversary of the WSWS

By our reporters, 8 May 2013

The chairman of the World Socialist Web Site’s international editorial board and national chairman of the SEP (US) addressed a well attended meeting in London on the significance of 15 years of the WSWS.

David North to address public meeting in London on May 5: Fifteen Years of the World Socialist Web Site

20 March 2013

David North, chairman of the WSWS international editorial board and national chairman of the Socialist Equality Party in the US, will speak at a public meeting in London on the political significance of the site’s 15th anniversary.

Thousands march in London against threat to close Lewisham Hospital Accident & Emergency unit

By our correspondent, 29 January 2013

Around 25,000 people marched through the South East London borough of Lewisham on Saturday to protest the threat to close the hospital’s Accident & Emergency unit and to downgrade its maternity ward.

Fightback needed to defend the UK’s National Health Service

21 January 2013

The Socialist Equality Party (UK) has taken the initiative in launching a national campaign to defend the National Health Service.

Resolution of SEP (UK) Congress: “Build the International Youth and Students for Social Equality”

10 January 2013

Published here is the fourth resolution, “Build the International Youth and Students for Social Equality”, adopted unanimously by the First National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), held November 17-19, 2012

Resolution of SEP (UK) Congress: “Defend Julian Assange and WikiLeaks”

9 January 2013

Published here is the third resolution, “Defend Julian Assange and WikiLeaks”, adopted unanimously by the First National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), held November 17-19, 2012.

Resolution of SEP (UK) Congress: “The SEP and the struggle against imperialist war”

8 January 2013

Published here is the second resolution, “The SEP and the struggle against imperialist war”, adopted unanimously by the First National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), held November 17-19, 2012.

Main resolution of SEP (UK) Congress: “The political tasks of the Socialist Equality Party”

7 January 2013

Published here is the main resolution adopted unanimously by the First National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (UK), held November 17-19, 2012.

Socialist Equality Party (UK) holds First National Congress

By Julie Hyland, 7 January 2013

The Socialist Equality Party (UK) held its First National Congress in Manchester, on November 17-19, 2012.

Britain: Oppose the closure of Maltby Colliery

24 December 2012

Campaigners from the Socialist Equality Party are circulating this leaflet at Maltby Colliery and the nearby village of the same name.

Socialist Equality Party/SouthWest NHS Fightback

A reply to Unite Head of Health Rachael Maskell

By our correspondent, 4 December 2012

The SEP/SouthWest NHS Fightback replies to a Unite union official.

For a European-wide struggle to defend auto jobs

By Statement Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Germany) Socialist Equality Party (Britain), 19 November 2012

The devastation of the auto industry is inseparably linked to the austerity measures dictated by the EU in Greece, Spain, Portugal and other countries.

Defence of the National Health Service demands a new socialist strategy

By our reporter, 10 November 2012

The SEP held a public meeting in Manchester to explain why action committees must be developed to protect health care.

UK showings of Tsar to Lenin

13 October 2012

The Socialist Equality Party (UK) and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are to host film showings of the remarkable film documentary, Tsar to Lenin this month.

Socialist Equality Party (Britain) launches National Health Service Fightback web site

By our reporter, 5 September 2012

The Socialist Equality Party has launched a web site as the basis for organising opposition to the attempt by a consortium of 19 NHS Trust managements to cut the wages and conditions of some 60,000 workers.

SEP (UK) public meetings

Defend the Greek working class

For the United Socialist States of Europe

1 June 2012

Greek workers are suffering the greatest decline in living standards since the Nazi occupation. Unemployment is above 20 percent and 50 percent for youth. Wages have been slashed by up to 50 percent and pensions, education and health care decimated.

Opel/Vauxhall workers need an international strategy

Statement by the Socialist Equality Parties of the UK and Germany

By Socialist Equality parties of the UK and Germany, 31 May 2012

The European head of General Motors, Karl-Friedrich Stracke, will put forward a restructuring plan involving annual savings of $1 billion (800 million euros) at GM’s supervisory board on June 28.

Vote “No” in Ireland’s referendum on EU fiscal treaty

By Socialist Equality Parties (UK and Germany), 30 May 2012

The Socialist Equality parties of Britain and Germany call for a “No” vote in the Irish Republic’s May 31 referendum on the European Union’s fiscal treaty.

St. Helens, UK: Election meeting discusses Jerry White’s presidential campaign

By Robert Stevens, 20 April 2012

The latest election meeting for SEP candidate Danny Dickinson in the St. Helens Town Centre ward discussed the campaign of Jerry White as the US SEP’s candidate in the presidential election.

St Helens, UK: A message to car workers from SEP candidate Danny Dickinson

By Danny Dickinson, 18 April 2012

The following statement is being distributed at the Jaguar Land Rover plant at Halewood and Vauxhall’s at Ellesmere Port, as part of the election campaign by Socialist Equality Party (UK) candidate Danny Dickinson in the St Helens Town Centre ward.

UK SEP candidate condemns huge increase in day care charges for the elderly

By of Stephen Woodbridge, SEP candidate in Bretton North and Peterborough, 17 April 2012

The following statement has been issued by Stephen Woodbridge, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for the Bretton North ward of Peterborough in local elections on May 3.

SEP (UK) candidate in British council elections speaks to St. Helens residents

By our reporter, 16 April 2012

Socialist Equality Party campaign teams met and spoke to many residents in St. Helens town centre over the past week.

UK teaching unions complete rout of pensions fight

By Socialist Equality Party (UK), 13 April 2012

To understand how the UK’s Conservative/Liberal Democrat government is managing to push through the most drastic cuts in public spending since the 1930s, it is necessary to look no further than last weekend’s annual conferences of the education unions.

Workers and youth speak out in St. Helens, England

By Liz Smith, 11 April 2012

The Socialist Equality Party has been campaigning in all areas of the Town Centre ward in St. Helens, where its candidate Danny Dickinson is standing for local elections on May 3.

St Helens, England: Scarred by joblessness and poverty

By Danny Dickinson, 9 April 2012

The Socialist Equality Party is standing Danny Dickinson for the St Helens Town Centre ward, in the local elections on May 3. Dickinson has provided this account of St Helens, its history and the conditions now faced by workers and youth.

Peterborough: Far from a boomtown

By Stephen Woodbridge, SEP candidate in Bretton North and Peterborough, 7 April 2012

The Socialist Equality Party (UK) is standing Stephen Woodbridge as its candidate for the ward of Bretton North, Peterborough, in the local council elections on May 3. Woodbridge has provided this profile of the city and ward he is contesting.

The Bradford by-election and the need for a revolutionary socialist party

By Socialist Equality Party (UK), 6 April 2012

The victory of Respect Party candidate George Galloway in the Bradford West by-election last week has been met with shock and nervousness throughout the political establishment and media.

Socialist Equality Party (UK) launches council election campaign

5 April 2012

The Socialist Equality Party (UK) is standing candidates in local authority elections in Peterborough and St Helens to be held May 3.

SEP (UK) candidates in council elections

5 April 2012

Stephen Woodbridge is standing for the SEP in the Bretton North ward of Peterborough. A socialist his entire adult life, Stephen worked at the Perkins diesel engines plant (now a subsidiary of Caterpillar) for 35 years until 2009.

SEP (UK) public meetings: For a general strike to bring down the Cameron government!

16 February 2012

The Socialist Equality Party (UK) is holding public meetings to discuss the attack on public sector pensions and the way forward in the fight against the government’s austerity programme.

SEP (UK) public meetings: For a general strike to bring down the Cameron government!

16 February 2012

On November 30, more than 2 million public sector workers struck against government plans to make them pay more, and work longer, for reduced pensions. It was the biggest strike for decades. The Socialist Party and Socialist Workers Party seized upon the stoppage as proof of the revival of the trade unions as organs of class struggle.

UK public meeting

Lessons of the Southampton council workers strikes

24 September 2011

The SEP public meeting will discuss the lessons of the series of rolling strikes by Southampton council workers against the imposition of fire and rehire contracts by the Conservative authority.

SEP (UK) public meetings

Oppose state repression against youth in Britain

13 August 2011

The Socialist Equality Party in Britain has organised a series of meetings inviting all who oppose the state repression and erosion of democratic rights being imposed in the aftermath of the recent riots, to attend to discuss the political way forward.

Oppose state repression of British youth

By Socialist Equality Party (UK), 11 August 2011

The Socialist Equality Party unequivocally condemns the police assault that has been unleashed against young people in Britain and demands the immediate withdrawal of riot police from the areas they now occupy.

Britain: Westminster council ban SEP public meeting in attack on democratic rights

By Paul Stuart, 11 August 2011

In an attack on democratic rights, an August 4 public meeting called by the Socialist Equality Party was banned on political grounds by management at Vital Regeneration who are contracted to run residents meeting halls by Westminster local authority, London.

UK rail union seeks imposition of speed-ups and job losses

By Socialist Equality Party (UK), 6 August 2011

Conductors at London Midland private rail franchise are currently voting on a restructuring package agreed between the Rail Maritime Transport Workers Union and the company. The SEP is distributing this statement to workers at London Midland depots.

Reject appeals to government ministers:

Saving Bombardier jobs means mobilising against Britain’s Tory-Lib Dem government

By Socialist Equality Party, 23 July 2011

Almost 1,500 jobs are set to go at the Bombardier factory in Derby, England.