12 | 11 | 2019
  • Communists attack Farage and urge Labour vote

    In response to Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage's decision not to stand candidates against sitting Tory MPs, Communist Party general secretary issued the following statement today (Monday, November 11):

    "It is entirely in keeping with Nigel Farage's right-wing political history that he wants the Tories to win the General Election. But his decision also exposes the vulnerability of Labour's move towards an anti-Brexit position, having dropped its pledge to honour the EU referendum result and adopted a second referendum instead. Only a Labour government with its left and progressive policies will end austerity and privatisation, although it would quickly discover that EU rules on competition, state aid, public procurement, the corporate right of establishment and the free movement of capital will be used in attempts to sabotage Labour's programme".

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  • Communists for Labour victory and mass campaigning

    The Communist Party reaffirms its commitment of September 23 to work for the election of a left-led Labour government in the forthcoming General Election. This is the only attainable outcome that would serve the interests of the working class and peoples of Britain. Thus we are calling for a clear-cut victory for Labour led by Jeremy Corbyn and for its left and progressive policies.

    After nine years of Tory rule, assisted for the first five by their LibDem collaborators, the working class and people generally are desperate for an end to austerity, privatisation, militarism and imperialist war. They need what only Labour is proposing in this General Election and could deliver in office - policies to promote full employment; public ownership of key industries and utilities; a reinvigorated strategy for regional economic development; a more progressive tax system and a major redistribution of wealth and power in favour of working people and their families. We welcome Labour's commitment to a massive public sector housebuilding programme; renationalisation of the railways and other privatised industries and services; large-scale investment in public services; a 'Green New Deal' for environmental security including a universal home insulation programme; new rights for workers and unions, including the revival of sectoral collective bargaining; comprehensive social care for the elderly; and substantial increases in pensions and social benefits.

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  • Communists urge support for EU Withdrawal Bill

    The Communist Party of Britain urges MPs to support the swift passage of the new EU Withdrawal Bill which is due to have its Second Reading vote later today (October 22).

    'While we have substantial reservations about aspects of the proposed legislation, the issue of Britain's membership needs to be settled so that Labour can go into an imminent General Election on a bold, radical manifesto of domestic policies', Communist Party general secretary Robert Griffiths declared.

    'The alternative is a General Election campaign dominated by Brexit, with Boris Johnson accusing Labour of failing to abide by its own pledge to honour the people's vote in June 2016 to leave the European Union', he argued.

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  • New Brexit deal needs time for proper democratic evaluation

    Lefts MEPs have voiced their concerns and criticisms about the way in which a proposed Brexit deal is being put forward but with strict time constraints for its ratification.

    If the agreement is ratified in Westminster on Saturday then it is likely that the European Parliament will be asked to give its consent next week in Strasbourg.

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  • Communists condemn 'barbaric and cynical' Turkish invasion

    Britain's Communists have condemned the Turkish invasion of north-east Syria as a 'blatant and barbaric violation of Syria's national sovereignty'. Carol Stavris told the Communist Party of Britain's political committee that such a flagrant breach of international and humanitarian law cannot go unchallenged.

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  • On the bankruptcy of ‘Thomas Cook” Group

    The Tourism giant «Thomas Cook», which manages, among others, hotels in Rhodes and Crete, has gone bankrupt, leaving tens of thousands of workers without a job worldwide.

    This is a development that proves once again that working rights are crashed by the competitiveness of monopolies in every industry, from which neither tourists who overpay their holidays and leisure can escape.

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  • British Supreme Court ruling is a game changer

    Following the ruling of the Supreme Court that Boris Johnson acted unlawfully in suspending parliament in order to frustrate parliamentary scrutiny of his reckless Brexit strategy, Martin Schirdewan, co-president of GUE/NGL and member of the European Parliament Brexit Steering Group said:

    “This is a game-changer. It is hard to see how Boris Johnson can remain as Prime Minister following this ruling. We will watch with interest what steps the democratic institutions in Britain will take in order to avoid further unlawful actions by the Prime Minister.”

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  • Communist Party Statement on Brexit and the next general election

    The Communist Party reaffirms its commitment to working for the election of a left-led Labour government on a left and progressive manifesto at an early General Election. Once again, we will call upon all socialists, progressives, trade unionists, Greens and Scottish and Welsh nationalists to vote for such a government led by a socialist who has a long and proven record of defending the interests of working people and their families and of opposing militarism and imperialist wars.

    In order to demosntrate its commitment to unity around this perspective, the CP will not be standing candidates of its own in the next General Election, providing Labour retains its left leadership and fights the election on a left and progressive manifesto.

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  • CP reaffirms call for left-led Labour government and EU exit

    Britain's Communists have welcomed the renewed commitment of trade unions at last week's TUC conference to campaign for the 'New Deal for Workers', building up to a national 'day of action' next May Day. 'It is in the interests of all workers that the unions and the TUC conduct a coordinated, militant campaign to recruit millions of non-union and mainly young employees', Communist Party trade union organiser Andy Bain reported to the party's executive committee. 'The other vital aspect of the "New Deal" is that it demands extended trade union and workplace rights to improve wages, terms and conditions for all', he pointed out.

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  • Citizens’ rights and Irish peace must not be sacrificed in Brexit cliff edge

    Three-and-a-half years on from the Brexit referendum, we are still in the dark as to how or if the United Kingdom will leave the European Union.

    It was supposed to be 29th March 2019, and then it was pushed back to early April and now, with another deadline looming on 31st October 2019, no one knows what will happen.

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  • Communist parties warn of 'new war danger' in Middle East

    Six Communist and workers' parties have issued a joint statement in Paris warning against the continuing threat of a new war in the Middle East. Meeting at the Fete de l'Humanite, representatives of parties from Iran, France, Lebanon, Cyprus, Iraq and Britain expressed their concern at the rising tension between the governments of the US and Iran. They also condemned the 'economic warfare' being waged against the people of Iran as the result of US and European Union sanctions and pledged solidarity with forces in that country struggling for democratic and human rights.

    'The sanctions are ruining the Iranian economy with high inflation, factory closures, mass unemployment and scarcity of medical supplies, devastating the lives of working people', accused Tudeh Party of Iran international secretary Navid Shomali.

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  • Communists urge focus on militant 'New Deal' campaign

    'While Brexit understandably dominated many of the debates at the TUC conference, other vital issues were neglected to a worrying extent', Andy Bain told the Communist Party's political committee on Wednesday evening.

    He praised the efforts of some unions and delegates in Brighton this week to focus more on austerity, public services, manufacturing and the urgent need to boost investment in technology, public transport, housing and other aspects of Britain's inadequate infrastructure. In particular, the CP trade union organiser highlighted the TUC's failure to campaign for the ambitious 'New Deal' package of economic policies agreed 12 months ago. 'The renewed commitment to this radical project must now be backed up with action', he remarked, pointing out that workers have shown through recent strikes and solidarity activities that they can be mobilised for a fight-back.

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  • Welsh Communists warn of future Labour election defeat

    Welsh Labour is alienating potential support in working class communities on a scale that could contribute to the party's defeat at the next General Election, Welsh Communists warned at the weekend.

    In his report to the Welsh Communist Party's executive in the Merthyr Tydfil Labour Club, secretary Trevor Jones attacked the 'onward march of the ultra-Remainers' in the Labour Party in Wales. 'Their unqualified pro-second referendum and anti-Brexit positions are not preventing a loss of support to the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru, while a susbtantial number of pro-Brexit one-time Labour supporters are either switching to the Brexit Party or have stopped voting altogether', he declared.

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  • Communists call for Labour election victory and 'clean break' with EU

    The Communist Party of Britain issued the following statement on Friday, 30 August 2019, at 11.30 pm

    The Communist Party reiterates its call for Britain to leave the EU on terms that enable a democratic, left response to our country’s mounting economic and ecological crisis. Hence the Party does not support any movement in the House of Commons or the courts to delay or block Britain's exit from the EU or to rearrange parliamentary business in a way that maximises the opportunity for Brexit to be sabotaged.

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  • Corbyn and Communists in Machynlleth

    Jeremy Corbyn received a standing ovation from a large crowd at the 'El Sueno Existe' ('The Dream Exists') festival in Machynlleth, mid-Wales, at the weekend.

    Speaking at length without notes, the Labour leader was visibly moved when recalling his experience on a May Day march in Santiago shortly before the election of Chilean President Salvador Allende in 1970. He recounted some of the achievements of Allende's Popular Unity government in health, education, land reform and through the nationalisation of key industries such as copper before progress was halted by a US-backed military coup in 1973.

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  • The Student Strike That Changed British Education Forever

    I was fortunate to have visited the Trade Union Congress headquarters in London recently, and upon request, I received a plethora of pamphlets on various events in British labour history. One stuck out when it was handed to me, the one named ‘The Burston School Strike’. What came into my mind instantly was the school protests that swept across Europe earlier this year. The story, though, was more radical, for this was the longest student strike, in history.

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  • Comment by the Information and Press Department on British media regulator Ofcom’s decision to fine Russian broadcaster RT

    British media regulator Ofcom announced today its decision to impose a £200,000 fine on RT for what it referred to as serious failures to comply with broadcasting rules. Ofcom’s investigation found that RT “failed to preserve due impartiality” in seven news and current affairs programmes between March 17 and April 26, 2018. In its statement, the regulator voiced concern over the frequency of rule-breaking over a relatively short period of time.

    It is worth noting that the fine was not imposed by court order, although the legitimacy of the regulator’s claims against the television network should be ascertained under judicial review. The amount of the fine is also questionable, since it substantially exceeds fines imposed on other media outlets for hate speech and incitement to violence, while RT faces the subjective charge of insufficient impartiality.

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  • Communists warn of 'real and escalating' war danger

    The Communist Party of Britain has warned that the danger of a military strike against Iran and a new war in the Middle East has not disappeared. In a statement issued today (Sunday, June 23), General Secretary Robert Griffiths said:

    'The US and British military build-up in the region is real and escalating, replicating what happened before the disastrous bombing and invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Until President Trump aborted the mission on Thursday night, the US military was about to launch air strikes to kill - by its own admission - at least 150 Iranian citizens, in retaliation for the loss of an unmanned US drone that was almost certainly violating Iranian airspace.

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  • Communist election campaigners hit the streets

    Communist Party campaigners hit the streets in the Rhondda Ward of Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) County Borough Council at the weekend.

    They were leafleting in Hopkinstown and Maesycoed for the party's candidate Adrian Dumphy in a forthcoming by-election caused by the sudden death of Labour councillor Rob Smith.

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  • Briefing note on allegations that China is holding millions of Uighurs in concentration camps

    Over the last year, allegations that China is interning large numbers of Muslim citizens of Xinjiang province in internment camps have been given enormous media prominence. Reports cite “the UN” as a source for claims that up to a million people could be interned in these camps, a claim repeatedly made by US officials, while US Defence Department Asia chief Randall Schriver has stated that the total could be “closer to three million citizens”.

    These claims have been taken up in Britain and used to agitate against China, including by elements on the left. Some of these (such as those who protested at the presence of a Chinese speaker at the Marx Oration) are groups who have always attacked socialist countries but others include anti-racist and anti-Islamophobia campaigners who have a good record of solidarity with the broad left.

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