01.04.16 - Vote "NO" to EU says Scargill - The socialist case for leaving the European Union.
Socialist Labour Party Leader Arthur Scargill, speaking in South Yorkshire today, put the socialist case for leaving the European Union.
He said: "Britain's membership of the EU had virtually destroyed our major industries - the latest victim being British steel - while devastating the NHS, starving education and virtually eliminating council housing. The policy and austerity mesures of EU directives have destroyed jobs and communities, spreading hardship and poverty ever wider yet the banks received a multi-billion pound bailout. Britain's loss of sovereignty is such that unless we leave the European Union the crisis, both economic and social, will get worse".
Mr Scargill lambasted the free movement of both labour and capital, which have resulted in the destruction of British Industry, zero-hours contracts, unemployment, homelessness and poverty not seen in Britain since the 1930s. He said: "What is needed is a policy in line with the economic principles that prevailed for a short period after 1945: we need import controls and subsidies to stop imports including goods produced in intolerable conditions by slave and child labour".
He pointed out: "Immigrants, particularly from former British colonies, and asylum-seekers in need of refuge are not the cause of the economic crisis and the massive population increase in Britain. Last year, for example, the number of immigrants and asylum seekers entering Britain was only 250,000 whilst 350,000 British citizens emigrated - in other words a net outflow of 100,000. However in the same year, the free movement of labour - a fundamental principal enshrined in Article 45 of the EU Treaty - resulted in over 550,000 citizens from amongst the 30 countries permitted to do so by the EU enering the UK 'freely'. It is this free movement of labour which has created a crisis both economic and social - and political.
He slammed the Labour Party leadership, both past and present, for its policy of remaining in the EU and working for "improvements". "The current Labour Party leadership's policy is a betrayal of socialist principal and a betrayal of all those in the Labour and Trade union movement who campaigned in 1975 for a 'No' vote. I was centrally involved, along with Tony Benn, in that campaign".
"In the forthcoming referendum, the people of Britain are going to have to decide whether we continue to surrender our sovereignty and become part of a United States of Europe - or whether we get out of this European Union hell and get back into the world.
I call upon everyone on 23 June to vote 'NO' and restore Britain to the British people."
The Socialist Labour Party.
21.02.16 - EU Referendum.
If Jeremy Corbyn does not campaign for the UK to leave the European Union it will be not only a u-turn but a sell-out of nearly 60 percent of Labour Party members who voted for him as Leader of the Labour Party. In 1975 I campaigned with Tony Benn against the European Common Market. I warned that it would become a United States of Europe controlled by an unelected body of bureaucrats, a warning that has become reality. Corbyn should commit all Labour MPs to vote against the Tories and call on the British People to vote to leave in the referendum on 23 June.
Leader, Socialist Labour Party.
27.11.15 - Socialist Labour Party calls on all Labour MPs: Reject any proposal to bomb Syria!
In 2013, Parliament rejected a proposal to become involved in the armed conflict in the sovereign state of Syria. International law makes clear no country has the right to interfere in another country's internal affairs unless requested to do so by the government of that country. No such request has been made by the Syrian government to the United Kingdom.
Every Labour MP should, as they did in 2013, vote against any proposal to become involved in the armed conflict in Syria. Above all, Labour MPs should vote against Cameron's proposal to become involved in bombing in Syria.
When the Labour Party's membership elected Jeremy Corbyn Leader by 60% in September 2015 it was on the clear understanding that he opposed any UK involvement in the armed conflict in Syria and that Labour wants no part of yet another armed conflict in the Middle East following the bloody disaster in Iraq.
Corbyn's overwhelming election commits every Labour MP to oppose Cameron's proposal to commence bombing campaigns in Syria. There can be no basis for any Labour MP to abstain or seek to have a free vote on this fundamental issue.
The Socialist Labour Party calls on all Labour MPs to support a policy which was endorsed by 60% of Labour's membership as recently as September 2015. Vote No!
Arthur Scargill, Leader. Ken Capstick, Treasurer/Organiser. Kim Bryan, General Secretary.
23.11.15 - Labour leadership … statement by the National Executive Committee of the Socialist Labour Party.
Following its recent meeting the NEC expresses its full and unanimous support for the position outlined by the SLP Leader and SLP Treasurer in their statement of 19th September.
As an independent party, the SLP is not concerned in the affairs of other parties. Its policies are unaffected by debates, controversies or events occurring within or between non-socialist parties and groups.
To those outside our party who may be tempted to believe Labour under a new leader is offering ‘hope’ the committee wishes to address the following comments.
As our party leader explained in comments to the committee on the 19th September, the Labour Party was formed in 1918, many years after the Independent Labour Party and the original SLP, as a ‘social democratic’ counterweight to socialist ideas. No ruling social democratic (reformist) party has ever brought about a transition to a socialist economy or society. Syriza in Greece is the most recent example of ‘left radicals’ taking leadership of social democratic parties. The promise of principled opposition to the capitalist EU was, in open defiance of the Greek people, betrayed in favour of the usual social democratic ‘accommodation’ with powerful economic interests.
Even from opposition, the committee notes a number of policies associated with Jeremy Corbyn which appear already to have been shelved or amended, on the EU, fiscal policy, austerity, the revival of the coal and steel industries and even the re-nationalisation of the railways which we are told will happen only when private contracts expire. Both in its shadow cabinet and appointments to the House of Lords, Labour continues to promote pro capitalist, pro war figures, a tradition which is reproduced at local level where, in the experience of former Labour members who joined the SLP, local candidates are routinely sidelined in favour of ‘career’ politicians from privileged backgrounds.
The committee believes that many who drifted towards Labour because of Jeremy Corbyn were attracted by what they believed was the ‘alternative’ he was offering.
Yet the policies he advocated as a backbencher can never be put into practice through the forum of a political party committed to capitalism.
Because it does not operate in alliance with non socialists or reactionaries, the Socialist Labour Party alone offers the possibility of real socialism.
In the SLP, policies including withdrawal from the EU and NATO, unilateral nuclear disarmament, full employment, living pensions, free education and health care, abolition of the monarchy and unelected House of Lords, a new written constitution and election by proportional representation do not need to be compromised and will not be betrayed.
National Executive Committee, 23rd November 2015.
October 2014 - NATIONAL UNION OF MINEWORKERS SOUTH AFRICA.
ARTHUR SCARGILL President of the International Energy and Mineworkers Organisation (IEMO) and Leader of the Socialist Labour Party (SLP) welcomes the decision by the National Union of Mineworkers South Africa (NUMSA) to resign as an affiliate to the ANC, an organisation which does not represent the socialist aspirations of workers in South Africa.
Mr. Scargill urges the NUMSA to take the next step and affiliate to the IEMO and become a sister party to the SLP in Britain which stands for the same aspirations as do socialists all over the world.
President of the IEMO
Leader of the Socialist Labour Party
29.07.14 - MASSACRE IN GAZA: NO EXCUSES.
The National Executive Committee of the Socialist Labour Party condemns without reservation the latest massacre in Gaza by the Israeli Army.
The SLP rejects the corporate narrative that says western powers are entitled to dominate, destabilize or destroy sovereign states while calling those resisting occupation or oppression ‘terrorists’.
Israeli violence against Palestine, including bombing, occupation, assassination, kidnapping and blockade are routine. Flowing from its colonial heritage and values, Israel needs to contain permanently the aspirations of the Palestinian people which it does not see as the equal of its own.
We do not therefore regard the current assault on the territory as ‘provoked’.
We hold the western powers ultimately responsible for the crimes committed historically against the Palestinian people and against the peoples of neighbouring states by their proxy, Israel.
We call upon the community of independent states to unite in support of the principle of self determination which applies without discrimination to the people of Palestine as a whole including those displaced.
National Executive Committee Socialist Labour Party 29th July 2014
02.03.14 - SLP announces Welsh Candidates for the European Election.
The SLP is pleased to announce that on Saturday 1st March SLP Wales selected the four candidates that will stand on the Candidate List for the European Parliamentary Election on May 22nd.
The four candidates are, and will appear on the Candidate List, as follows -
1. Andrew Jordan, 2. Kathrine Jones, 3. David Lloyd Jones, 4. Liz Screen.
28.02.14 - SLP Statement - Party Welcomes Councillor Jim McDermott.
Our warmest welcome is extended to Councillor Jim McDermott who has joined the SLP after resigning from Labour.
Jim, who has represented the Eastbury ward of Barking and Dagenham since 2006, tells us he feels the Labour Party in Barking has over many years been taken over by people ‘following a different political agenda’ not consistent with the principles he believed the party represented when he joined it fifty years ago.
As an SLP councillor we believe Jim will be free to speak out more openly in support of the interests and needs of his electors as indeed it is his wish to do.
His actions demonstrate integrity, and a concern for the benefit of others over self which is rare in politics these days.
If you share the concerns of Jim McDermott and many others, who are disgusted by the brutal capitalism that is scarring our society and our world, take the first step. Join Us!
Kim Singleton, SLP General Secretary.
13.02.14 - Venezuela.
The Socialist Labour Party notes with alarm the current violent disorder in Venezuela.
The SLP views the latest disturbances as a further attempt by Venezuela’s foreign backed opposition to subvert the Venezuelan state and the democratic will of its people.
In a number of countries we have seen unrepresentative elements or elites empowered by the backing or expected support of aggressor states in the west.
The result has been civil war, an escalation of bloodshed or the fragmentation of the national state and civil infrastructure.
For many oppressed peoples around the world, the Bolivarian revolution is an inspiration. It is essential that the progressive state of Venezuela does not become another victim.
The SLP calls for the unequivocal rejection by all democratic forces of ‘La Salida’ and the isolation of all elements inside Venezuela who are committed to or colluding in the plan to bring about the overthrow of its government.
Dr Kim Singleton, General Secretary. On behalf of the Socialist Labour Party
20.07.13 - Ghadar Party Centenary Celebration 2013.
On the centenary of the founding of the Ghadar movement, the Socialist Labour Party extends its comradely greetings and friendship to the Indian Workers Association.
As workers across the world continue to defy the inhuman imperial system, we think today of the sacrifices made by the Ghadar fighters and of the terrible loss of the lives of tens of millions of Indian workers under British occupation. Resistance must be followed by a revolution in the governance of our world. These are the inspirational ideals of Ghadar. While often we mourn, we celebrate and remember the extraordinary triumphs those ideals inspired.
07.03.13 - Socialists in the UK Mourn the Loss of Hugo Chavez.
Following the announcement on 5th March of the death of Venezuelan President, Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias, Britain’s Socialist Labour Party has joined anti-capitalist parties and campaigners around the world in expressing its sorrow at the news and its support for the Bolivarian revolution initiated by Mr Chavez government.
SLP President, Andrew Jordan, said that ‘during the course of his presidency, the policies of the Chavez government lifted millions of Venezuelans out of poverty, a transformation in the life of a nation which’ he said ‘could never happen in countries governed by free market economic polices. The Bolivarian revolution’ he continued ‘has ensured that the profits of the country’s oil wealth are enjoyed by its people’.
The party’s General Secretary, Kim Singleton, added that the revolution ‘was changing the fortunes of the South American continent. In offering its oil at fair prices to countries without economic or military muscle Venezuela has shown us a vision not only of a new society but of a better world’. In ‘asserting the sovereignty of its nation states, the revolution’ she said ‘was leading Latin America away from decades of dependency and powerlessness’. ‘
On behalf of the Socialist Labour Party’ said Mr Jordan, ‘I offer my heartfelt condolences to Mr Chavez family and friends and to the Venezuelan people at this time. I re-iterate once again our party’s wholehearted support for the values of the Bolivarian revolution and our firm belief that its ideas and example will continue and flourish’.