National Sections of the L5I:

Britain

SWP: The road to Respect

The origins of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) lie in the programmatic disputes in the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP), the British section of the Fourth International, in the period after the Second World War. Before his assassination in 1940, Trotsky had anticipated that Stalinism in the Soviet Union would not survive a war with Germany and that the war itself would lead to the kind of revolutionary upsurge that had followed the First World War. In such conditions, the Fourth International, with its record of maintaining the revolutionary tradition of the Bolsheviks and the early Communist International and armed with a programme that called for political revolution in the Soviet Union to regain control of the planned economy and a social revolution based on workers’ councils and workers’ militia in the imperialist countries, would be able to play a similar role to that of the Bolsheviks at the end of the First World War. Read more...

Tens of thousands march in Manchester

Evidence of the growing discontent with the Labour government was shown on the streets of Manchester on 23rd September, when 50,000 people marched around the Labour Party conference venue, G-Mex. It was the biggest demonstration in Manchester since the Chartists, 150 years ago, and the biggest mobilisation against the Labour Party in its history. Read more...

Scottish Socialist Party splits

A day after a Scottish Socialist Party rally in a Glasgow hotel launched its 2007 election campaign before 300 faithful members, Tommy Sheridan booked himself into the same hotel and told twice as many recruits that he was founding a new party called Solidarity. Read more...

Scottish Socialist Party: left regroupment in crisis

The Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) has often been held up as a model left unity but it now finds itself in crisis. Read more...

No one is illegal!

Abolish immigration controls - citizenship for all

31 March 2006 saw around a hundred trade unionists, anti-deportation campaigners and left wing activists come together in Liverpool to discuss how to organise migrant workers and challenge the host of racist immigration controls faced by workers coming into the country. The agenda was a broad one, covering everything from European anti-trafficking legislation, to the struggle of organised migrant cleaners, to local ongoing campaigns, such as the defence of the Sukula family in Bolton. Read more...

CWI: What kind of workers party?

An exchange of letters between the Socialist Party (CWI)and Workers Power, British section of the League for the Fifth International, around the issue of the campaign for the new workers party hat had recently been launched. Read more...

The birth of the Labour Party

In February 1906 the Labour Representation Committee won 29 seats at the general election. It promptly changed its name to the Labour Party. Dave Stockton draws the lessons from its founding years Read more...

The road to Respect: The SWPs march to the right

The Socialist Workers Party has always rejected the need to build itself on the basis of a revolutionary programme and is now building Respect as a populist electoral alliance, and describing it as “the new party”. Luke Cooper traces the evolution of the SWP and argues that this latest move to the right is firmly rooted in its history of economism and opportunism. Read more...

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