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’.
18.02.13 - Socialist Labour Party to contest the 2014 European Parliamentary Election.
The Socialist Labour Party (SLP) has today announced its intention to contest the next European Parliamentary Election which will take place in June 2014. The SLP is the only party on the 'left' that has regularly contested elections at all levels since its launch in 1996. The Party has contested two previous European Parliamentary elections, in 1999 and 2009, seeing the number of votes it received double between these two elections. The SLP is launching a campaign to raise £65,000 to contest the election across the length of Britain.
Speaking today Andrew Jordan, SLP President, said "The Socialist Labour Party is totally committed to Britain's complete withdrawal from the European Union (EU). Withdrawal is the only way Britain can begin to regain control of its economy, sovereignty and political powers."
Jordan also said "In recent years we have seen the true objective of the EU become clear. The 'free movement of capital and labour' between EU member states has allowed industry to flood out of Britain to chase, and exploit, the lowest wages across Europe and at the same time we have seen the uncontrollable economic migration between EU member states lead to a stagnation of the minimum wage here. This is having a serious impact on communities across Britain with rising un- and under-employment which, when coupled with a minimum wage that is decreasing in value, is leading more and more families into an increasingly desperate situation. The EU exists to benefit big business and not ordinary working people."
Also commenting on the announcement today Arthur Scargill, SLP Leader, said "People across Britain are facing an increasingly desperate situation. By contesting this election the Socialist Labour Party will give every voter in Britain the opportunity to vote for the alternative to the economic agenda imposed upon us by the European Union and the 'main' three parties in Westminster. We will be asking people in this election to vote us in to get us out of the EU."
29.01.13 - Dr Kim Singleton announced as new SLP General Secretary.
New SLP General Secretary Dr Kim Singleton.
The Party are pleased to announce that Dr. Kim Singleton has been appointed as the new General Secretary. She steps into the post recently vacated as a result of the retirement from the position of Robert Faraday (who continues as Barnsley area Secretary). We are very grateful to Robert for his excellent, professional work whilst in the post.
Liverpool born Kim has an impressive pedigree as shown by the fact that even at the age of 8 she was helping her parents organise a rent strike! She currently lives in Merseyside with her partner of 19 years. She has been a community support worker and trainer and has been active in workers movement and anti-war struggles for many years. At the 2010 General Election, she stood as the Party’s candidate for Liverpool Wavertree constituency. Kim has studied history, literature, media and sociology at her local universities and is the author of a study of rent strikes on Merseyside between 1968 and 1973. We all wish Kim well in her new role as the Party goes from strength to strength.