By Josh Varlin, 31 July 2015
Energy companies have announced nearly 50,000 layoffs in the last three months amid a slump in oil prices and a slowdown in the global economy.
By Margot Miller, 31 July 2015
Just two weeks before the explosion decimated the factory, local council enforcement officers ordered a clean-up of the facility.
By Chris Marsden, 30 July 2015
The desperate efforts of migrants to enter Britain led to the death Tuesday night of a Sudanese man who was hit by a truck leaving a cross Channel ferry.
By Julie Hyland, 29 July 2015
The Labour Party leadership contest in the UK has descended into farce, with calls for it to be suspended and even threats of a coup should the “wrong” candidate win.
By Chris Marsden, 29 July 2015
The Tories are fashioning an increasingly aggressive military policy and undertaking measures that represent a grave threat to democratic rights.
By Mark Blackwood and Paul Mitchell, 28 July 2015
There are around 15,000 people on the council waiting list for affordable homes in Bristol, the most expensive city for housing after London.
By Ajanta Silva, 25 July 2015
NHS managers are supposed to introduce additional services, while the government is demanding a further £22 billion in cuts to the health budget.
By Paul Mitchell and Chris Marsden, 24 July 2015
Labour’s leadership lives, works and plays in “the Westminster bubble”—a social circle made up of the super-rich and their hangers-on.
By Chris Marsden, 23 July 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron’s five year plan to address “extremism” will target Muslims and encourage anti-Islamic sentiment.
By Paul Mitchell, 22 July 2015
The bill’s measures will plunge millions of workers and youth further into economic insecurity and poverty.
By Julie Hyland, 22 July 2015
According to the media, there was barely a family in Britain that wasn’t goose-stepping around their lawns in the early 1930s.
By Chris Marsden, 21 July 2015
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon used the parliamentary debate to propagandize for war.
By Julie Hyland, 20 July 2015
The publication of a video showing members of the British royal family, including a young Queen Elizabeth, giving the Hitler salute has ignited a political firestorm in Great Britain.
By Julie Hyland, 18 July 2015
British pilots have carried out attacks in flagrant disregard for the August 2013 parliamentary vote against British military involvement in Syria.
By Stephen Alexander, 18 July 2015
The progressive pretensions of the SNP are a cover for core neo-liberal policies.
By Paul Mitchell, 17 July 2015
Conservative business secretary Sajid Javid has presented a new Trade Union Bill to Parliament that represents a massive attack on the working class.
As party leadership contest unfolds
By Julie Hyland, 15 July 2015
The leadership contest is the outcome of the massive losses sustained by Labour in the May 7 General Election.
By Paul Stuart and Paul Mitchell, 15 July 2015
Stathis Kouvelakis, the leader of the Left Platform within Syriza, said at a rally in London that it is impermissible to describe the government’s endorsement of savage austerity as a betrayal.
By Dennis Moore, 13 July 2015
A group of homeless protesters who have been camped out on the streets of central Manchester for the last few months could face jail if an injunction goes ahead.
By Tom Pearse and Sascha Woods, 11 July 2015
A fifth of children in England leave primary school unable to read well, including over a third of the poorest children.
By Steve James, 11 July 2015
Fracking is notorious for the threat it poses to ground water supplies, which can be contaminated with chemicals and by methane released from cracked wells.
By our reporters, 10 July 2015
Strike action by rail workers brought the London Underground network to a standstill for the first time since 2002, while services to the west of England were suspended on many lines.
By Julie Hyland, 9 July 2015
Chancellor George Osborne delivered a budget that seeks to replicate the situation in Greece.
By Joan Smith and Paul Mitchell, 9 July 2015
The most vicious measure is the deportation of 30,000 or more non-European Union workers who fail to earn more than £35,000 per annum after being in Britain for six years.
By Margot Miller, 4 July 2015
A staggering two thirds of children growing up in poor households have at least one family member in work.
By Julie Hyland, 3 July 2015
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon’s remarks are a significant escalation of British provocations against Russia.
By Ajanta Silva, 30 June 2015
The government’s claim that the second round of “efficiency savings” will be accomplished through better procurement and efficient rostering of staff is fraudulent.
By Tony Robson, 30 June 2015
Planned national strikes by rail workers, probation officers, and steel workers have been called off in succession by Britain’s major trade unions.
By Danny Richardson, 29 June 2015
A spokesman for Tata Steel indicated that the company believes it has made gains at workers’ expense.
By Chris Marsden, 27 June 2015
Cameron avoided any detailed presentation to the EU summit because he knew that this would only confirm the UK’s isolation.
By Margot Miller, 27 June 2015
Following the loss of 90,000 public-sector jobs in the last parliament, a further 100,000 jobs are set to go over the next five years.
By Steve James, 23 June 2015
Sturgeon’s comments make clear that the SNP leadership fully supports British participation in the US-led military escalation that has brought the world closer to global war.
By our reporters, 22 June 2015
The mass demonstration is a reflection of widespread opposition to the Conservative government’s plans to ramp up austerity, following decades of cuts under both Tory and Labour Party governments.
By our reporters, 22 June 2015
The World Socialist Web Site interviewed anti-austerity demonstrators in London and Glasgow.
By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 22 June 2015
The following statement by the Socialist Equality Party (UK) was distributed at Saturday’s demonstrations against austerity in London and Glasgow.
By Jordan Shilton, 19 June 2015
The Labour Party demonstrated its readiness to form an alliance with the Cameron government over British European Union membership.
By Dennis Moore, 18 June 2015
There are 120,000 households in England considered to be living in an unsafe privately rented home.
By Danny Richardson, 15 June 2015
The first thing the unions announced after the strike vote was a caveat that any scheduled action would be called off should Tata return for more negotiations.
By Paul Mitchell, 10 June 2015
The same praise previously heaped on former mayor Lutfur Rahman by the pseudo-left groups is now being lavished on Khan.
By Michael Barnes, 3 June 2015
The union sought to justify its action by pointing to a minor pay increase, which will be more than paid for by a cost-cutting drive being worked out behind the backs of workers.
By Allison Smith, 1 June 2015
Just over one third of Londoners do not have enough money for a minimum standard of living.
By Chris Marsden, 30 May 2015
Cameron received a fairly hostile reception in France, a country occupying a special position of enmity for the Tory right and the UK Independence Party.
By David O’Sullivan and Katie Rhodes, 30 May 2015
The Socialist Equality Party in the UK held two successful meetings, in London and Glasgow, on the lessons of the May 7 British General Election.
By Chris Marsden, 28 May 2015
Existing anti-democratic legislation built up under successive Labour and Tory administrations will be supplemented by a new Counter-Extremism Bill.
By Nick Beams, 23 May 2015
Tensions over the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank surfaced again this week when Japan announced it would provide $110 billion for infrastructure investment.
By Michael Barnes, 23 May 2015
The unions have betrayed a large strike mandate and disarmed rail-workers in the face of a ferocious assault by the incoming Conservative government.
By Jean Shaoul, 22 May 2015
The act is to go the same way as other key elements of international law over which successive governments in the last 15 years have ridden roughshod.
By Jordan Shilton, 21 May 2015
There is no serious opposition within the ruling elite internationally to the abandonment of democratic procedures and implementation of police state measures.
By Michael Barnes, 19 May 2015
The one-day stoppage has the potential to become a focal point for opposition within the working class.
By Paul Mitchell, 16 May 2015
In the May 7 general election, Labour received 30.4 percent of the vote, resulting in 232 seats—the party’s worst defeat since 1987.
By Chris Marsden, 14 May 2015
There are significant differences within the Conservative Party over how far to pursue a possible EU rupture.
By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 11 May 2015
Workers have deserted the Labour Party because they view it as a Conservative Party Mark Two, with almost one-third of the electorate seeing no point in voting at all.
By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 9 May 2015
The general election has claimed the scalps of three party leaders.
By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 8 May 2015
The general election has claimed the scalp of three party leaders.
By Dermot Quinn, 8 May 2015
The continued undermining of the pay and conditions of bus workers would not have been possible without the collaboration of the trade unions.
By Socialist Equality Party (Britain), 7 May 2015
The Socialist Equality Party and its candidates, Katie Rhodes in Glasgow Central and David O’Sullivan in Holborn & St. Pancras, offer the only genuine alternative for workers and young people.
By Peter Schwarz, 7 May 2015
The European media regard the British general election as a source of economic instability and a step towards the fracturing of the European Union into its national components.
By David O’Sullivan, 7 May 2015
Green Party of England and Wales leader Natalie Bennett insists she is not responsible for what the Greens do internationally. What about in Britain?
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 7 May 2015
Brand won popular support for standing out against the very claims he is now making.
By Jordan Shilton, 6 May 2015
Green Party defence spokeswoman Rebecca Johnson recently complained that the British army was no longer equipped to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century.
By our reporters, 6 May 2015
There was an enthusiastic response by workers and young people who took part in the International May Day Online Rally in the UK.
By David O’Sullivan, 6 May 2015
Official figures reveal that in the last three years alone more than 50,000 families have been forced to leave London due to welfare cuts and soaring rents.
By Richard Tyler, 4 May 2015
The exclusion of the SEP from the hustings was meant to exclude criticism of the trade union bureaucracy, which is responsible for selling out one dispute after another.
By our reporters, 2 May 2015
“It’s the only genuine celebration of international workers day anywhere in the world.”
By Paul Mitchell, 2 May 2015
O’Sullivan’s insistence that a socialist perspective was necessary to address social problems met with a warm response.
By David O’Sullivan, 1 May 2015
The Hopkins episode demonstrates that the most right-wing forces are being deliberately mobilised, to be used against the working class and the mass opposition that will develop against even deeper austerity.
By Robert Stevens, 30 April 2015
Britain is more attractive to the super-rich than anywhere except America.
By Jean Shaoul, 30 April 2015
O’Sullivan focused his remarks on the key role the unions had played in allowing successive governments to implement austerity measures.
By Chris Marsden, 28 April 2015
No one at the rally was in a politically critical frame of mind, least of all the pseudo-lefts in the crowd who have long ago sold their political soul to the SNP and Scottish nationalism.
By Chris Marsden, 27 April 2015
The only predictable outcome of Britain’s May 7 general election is that it will mark a descent into political uncertainty and crisis.
By Robert Stevens, 27 April 2015
The Labour leader’s efforts to reinforce he party's militarist credentials were aimed especially at reassuring US imperialism.
By Chris Marsden, 24 April 2015
The Green Party is a pro-capitalist organization that, on all fundamental questions, defends the existing social order based on brutal class exploitation, militarism and violence.
SEP candidate tells London hustings:
By Paul Mitchell, 23 April 2015
O’Sullivan addressed questions at the Somali community hustings on issues of housing and homelessness, Islamophobia, youth education, and unemployment.
By Katie Rhodes, 22 April 2015
Nothing so graphically exposes the destruction of the welfare state established following the Second World War than the return to Victorian social norms.
By Robert Stevens, 21 April 2015
“Our manifesto begins with the Budget Responsibility Lock,” Labour states.
By our reporter, 21 April 2015
Paul Stickley, the election agent for the Socialist Equality Party candidate in the May 7 General Election, David O’Sullivan, took part in a hustings last Thursday.
By Richard Tyler, 20 April 2015
Warnings by the IMF undermine claims by the Labour Party that it would achieve a balanced budget by 2020, should it win power on May 7.
By Dennis Moore, 20 April 2015
Sanctions affect one-third of homeless people claiming Job Seekers Allowance.
BBC’s election challengers’ debate
By Chris Marsden, 18 April 2015
Sturgeon’s pleas helped cover for Miliband’s right-wing austerity agenda, as Labour issued its manifesto beginning with a “Budget Responsibility Lock.”
“We are fighting for a massive movement of the working class to oppose austerity and war”
By Ajanta Silva, 18 April 2015
David O’Sullivan placed the questions of poverty, the housing crisis and the slashing of social services in a broader international context.
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.
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.
By Richard Tyler, 14 April 2015
A report prepared by the Congressional Research Service concludes, “The UK may not be viewed as centrally relevant to the United States in all of the issues... on the US agenda.”
By Paul Stuart, 14 April 2015
The Holborn and St. Pancras district in London is deeply associated with the struggle for the political independence of the working class.
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.
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.
By Danny Richardson, 10 April 2015
The Indian steel giant stands to save around £1 billion by ending the defined benefit pensions it inherited from the once state-owned British steelmaker
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”.
By David O’Sullivan, 8 April 2015
Thousands of workers had to be evacuated from the Holborn area.
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.
By Paul Mitchell, 3 April 2015
Thousands of workers had to be evacuated from the areas around Kingsway, one of London’s busiest office and shopping districts.
By Steve James, 3 April 2015
The decision is a devastating indictment, not just of Sheridan and his Solidarity fan club, but of the entire pseudo-left fraternity in Britain.
By Paul Mitchell, 1 April 2015
O’Sullivan explained that decades of government promises to address the problems of high rents, tenants’ rights and inadequate housing have never been honoured.
By Julie Hyland, 31 March 2015
Labour took out a full-page advert in the Financial Times featuring quotes from the heads of six of the largest corporations in Britain over the dangers of leaving the EU.
By Robert Stevens, 30 March 2015
All three major parties in Britain are committed to huge cuts in welfare spending.
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.
By Robert Stevens, 26 March 2015
Duggan, a 29-year-old father of six, was unarmed when he was shot twice in Tottenham, north London by an armed police officer on August 4, 2011.
By Harvey Thompson, 25 March 2015
The covert Special Demonstration Squad monitored hundreds of political groups between 1968 and 2008.
By Margot Miller, 25 March 2015
Government funding to the arts in the UK has been cut by 36 percent in the last four years.