UK: PCS union isolates National Gallery strikers

By Allison Smith, 2 October 2015

The PCS wants attacks on Gallery workers’ employment conditions to be negotiated through the union and not with a private company.

UK Labour conference ends with attacks on Corbyn over nuclear weapons and Syria

By Robert Stevens, 1 October 2015

Corbyn has insisted he can lead the party in an anti-austerity and anti-war direction while maintaining unity with the supporters of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

UK Labour delegates speak on Corbyn’s leadership

By our reporters, 1 October 2015

Some delegates indicated illusions in the possibility of change, in some cases far more radical than that advanced by Corbyn, in and through the Labour Party.

Corbyn speech to UK Labour conference criticises austerity but offers no viable alternative

By Chris Marsden, 30 September 2015

Corbyn took pains to praise all his rivals in the Labour leadership contest, including the arch Blairite Liz Kendall.

New Labour Party shadow chancellor seeks to reassure big business at party conference

By Chris Marsden, 29 September 2015

McDonnell called for right-wing opponents of Corbyn in the Labour Party to “come back,” while making clear that the new party leadership would not challenge the capitalist system.

Social cleansing escalates in Inner London boroughs

By Tom Scripps, 29 September 2015

Since 2011, 50,000 London families have been forcibly relocated outside of their boroughs.

UK Labour Party conference begins under leadership of Corbyn

By Chris Marsden, 28 September 2015

The conference will not discuss or vote on scrapping the Trident missile system after major trade unions made clear their opposition to any such move.

A thousand jobs to go at UK Tata Steel

By Danny Richardson, 24 September 2015

The role of the trade unions at Tata Steel has been to demobilise any offensive by steel workers against the cuts.

Serving UK general threatens mutiny against a future Corbyn government

By Chris Marsden, 23 September 2015

The comments of the general are part of an ongoing political campaign of destabilisation mounted by the Conservative government, the media and large sections of the Labour Party.

Poor hit hardest by UK Conservatives’ July budget

By Barry Mason, 22 September 2015

Among those hit the hardest will be working single parents.

UK government welcomes the world’s despots and war criminals to arms fair

By Mark Dowson, 21 September 2015

The UK is now the world’s second largest exporter of defence equipment, behind the United States.

Thousands more jobs to go across all sectors in UK

By Margot Miller, 19 September 2015

Local authorities in the UK face more devastating cuts, after already having their budgets slashed to pay for the bailout of the super-rich following the 2008 economic crisis.

UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and the national anthem row

By Julie Hyland, 18 September 2015

The commotion over Corbyn’s refusal to sing the anthem provides an object lesson in the nature of the political set-up in Britain.

UK National Youth Theatre cancels play on Syria after consulting police

By Tom Scripps, 17 September 2015

The cancelled production, Homegrown, explores the reasons for three London girls travelling to Syria to join ISIS.

UK Labour leader Corbyn, addressing Trades Union Congress, makes first policy speech

By Chris Marsden, 16 September 2015

Corbyn’s assignation of a progressive role to the trade unions flies in the face of political realities as experienced by almost two generations of workers.

UK Conservatives’ Trade Union bill criminalises strikes and protests

By Michael Barnes, 16 September 2015

Some of the repressive measures contained in the Bill have previously been enacted only under dictatorial regimes.

UK Labour leader Corbyn includes pro-austerity, pro-war Blairites in shadow cabinet

By Chris Marsden, 15 September 2015

Corbyn has chosen a shadow cabinet that includes those who are bitterly hostile to the policy shifts he publicly advocates.

The political issues posed by Corbyn’s election as UK Labour Party leader

By Julie Hyland, 14 September 2015

No one can seriously argue—especially after the experience of Syriza in Greece—that a redistribution of wealth can be effected without a struggle by the working class to break the stranglehold of the financial elite.

Rallies in Europe and Australia in defence of refugees

By our reporters, 14 September 2015

Hundreds of thousands rallied over the weekend to support the democratic rights of refugees and to protest right-wing policies of governments throughout the world.

Rupert Murdoch rehabilitates disgraced CEO Rebekah Brooks

By Paul Mitchell, 12 September 2015

Brooks resumes control at News UK just a year after a trial revealing heinous crimes carried out under her leadership at Murdoch’s British operations.

Exhibition in London

Shirley Baker: A compassionate photographer of 1960s working class life

By Paul Mitchell, 12 September 2015

The show is an opportunity to see the compassionate and humorous photographs of working class life by someone whose work rarely reached a wider audience during her own lifetime.

UK Prime Minister Cameron calls for “hard military force” in Syria

By Robert Stevens, 11 September 2015

The British government and its allies are now unabashed in their calls for war in Syria and the removal of Bashar Al-Assad.

The end of democracy in Britain

By Julie Hyland, 10 September 2015

The policy of targeted assassination, begun in Israel, is now part of an international trend in which governments compete for bragging rights over their “hits.”

UK: Thousands of sick and disabled people die after being forced into employment

By Margot Miller, 10 September 2015

The British government aims to get a million more disabled and ill people off the welfare rolls and into employment.

Cameron government justifies targeted assassinations of UK citizens

By Robert Stevens and Julie Hyland, 9 September 2015

The attack parallels the Obama administration’s policy of extrajudicial executions and constitutes a violation of democratic rights and the rule of law.

Children in England unhappier in school than their peers elsewhere

By Tom Scripps, 9 September 2015

Despite increased demand, the budget for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services has been cut by nearly £50 million.

Prime Minister Cameron confirms Royal Air Force killed two British citizens in Syria

By Robert Stevens, 8 September 2015

The government’s admission that it ordered the targeted assassination of two Britons in Syria parallels the extra-judicial murders of its own citizens by the US government.

The plight of patients and workers in Britain's Adult Social Care service

By Mark Blackwood, 8 September 2015

Between 2008 and 2013, an estimated 483,000 elderly and disabled people either lost their care support, or are no longer eligible.

NATO powers move to exploit refugee crisis to intensify bombing of Syria

By Alex Lantier, 7 September 2015

Washington and its European allies plan to exploit the refugee crisis to escalate their bloody war for regime change in Syria, which would create countless more refugees.

UK Terrorism Act used to prevent British Library obtaining unique historic archive

By Robert Stevens, 7 September 2015

The decision by the British Library demonstrates the extent to which the “anti-terrorism” laws are being used to curtail academic and intellectual freedom.

Depth of UK welfare cuts revealed in Sheffield case study

By Simon Whelan, 7 September 2015

The cuts documented by the Sheffield research, when fully implemented nationwide, will slash £19 billion from welfare.

Britain: The plight of patients and workers in the Adult Social Care service

By Mark Blackwood, 7 September 2015

Between 2008 and 2013, an estimated 483,000 elderly and disabled people either lost their care support, or are no longer eligible.

Britain’s pseudo-left line up behind Corbyn Labour leadership bid

By Julie Hyland, 5 September 2015

The pseudo-left groups are backing the campaign of Jeremy Corbyn in an attempt to revive support for Labour and present this right-wing party as an agent of social reform.

Power sharing in Northern Ireland threatened with collapse

By Jordan Shilton, 4 September 2015

Both the Republican and Unionist parties consider the encouragement and manipulation of divisions essential in facilitating the intensification of their assault on workers.

UK government to override local consultation in drive for fracking

By Trevor Johnson, 4 September 2015

A decision to allow exploration and drilling for gas in the North Yorkshire Moors shows how conditions have been transformed to favour fracking corporations.

UK government pursuing vicious anti-immigrant response to migrant crisis

By Tom Pearse, 2 September 2015

Official policy of the Conservative government is focused on whipping up nationalist anti-immigrant sentiment and echoes that long associated with far right-wing forces.

UK psychologists campaign against cuts and social inequality

By Ross Mitchell, 2 September 2015

Psychologists report that they are seeing growing numbers of parents unable to take their children to therapy centres because of the cost of travel.

UK Labour Party steps up purge of suspected Corbyn supporters

By Chris Marsden, 1 September 2015

The entire full-time staff of the Labour Party is now exclusively occupied in investigating those who have paid £3 to become labour supporters to vote in the leadership contest.

Political crisis deepens over delays to UK Iraq War inquiry report

By Paul Mitchell, 31 August 2015

The continued suppression of the Chilcot report, authorized over six years ago, is a sign of the explosive political fallout that will accompany its publication.

London Underground unions call off strikes

By Michael Barnes, 29 August 2015

All four unions which had threatened to strike are now working out the formula with which to force 24-hour work upon their members.

Is Jeremy Corbyn’s foreign policy socialist?

By Chris Marsden, 29 August 2015

Those looking to Corbyn as a means of opposing war will not find the answers they are seeking.

The British Library’s Magna Carta exhibition: A vital though flawed presentation

By Joe Mount, 28 August 2015

The exhibition features a breathtaking array of documents of world-historical significance, brought together for a public audience for the first time.

NHS hospitals face massive deficits and demands for further cuts

By Ajanta Silva, 27 August 2015

A further £22 billion in “efficiency savings” is being demanded over the next five years.

Scotland: Sheku Bayoh likely died of asphyxiation by police, lawyer says

By Minnie Watson, 26 August 2015

Within 45 seconds, Bayoh was incapacitated, restrained in handcuffs, leg and ankle restraints, and was in a “prone position face down.”

Dismaland, Banksy’s parody theme park: A despairing response to a complex world

By Kelly Taylor, 26 August 2015

Coming through the main gates into Dismaland, the spectator is confronted with a vision of a world that is terribly sick.

UK Tube strike: Conservative transport spokesman calls for scab force

By Michael Barnes, 24 August 2015

Aslef train operators will be used as “battle fodder” by the Conservative government and London Underground management to break their colleagues’ strike.

Britain: Labour leadership beset by talk of splits, coups and legal challenges

By Julie Hyland, 22 August 2015

Reports have revealed the extraordinary efforts by sections of the Labour Party to stop veteran “left” MP Jeremy Corbyn from winning the contest for party leader.

Jeremy Corbyn’s economic plan to rescue British capitalism

By Paul Mitchell and Chris Marsden, 20 August 2015

The programme advanced by Corbyn in his campaign for Labour Party leadership challenges neither the market economy, nor the major corporations and banks.

Demand grows for closure of UK’s Yarl’s Wood detention centre

By Margot Miller and Robert Stevens, 19 August 2015

The women at Yarl’s Wood are amongst the most vulnerable in society, fleeing from war-torn countries in the Middle East and Africa.

UK’s Kids Co charity folds after government withdraws backing

By Barry Mason, 18 August 2015

Founder Camilla Batmanghelidjh said the charity had been subject to a trial by media.

UK government to cut number of cancer drugs available on the NHS

By Ross Mitchell, 17 August 2015

The Conservatives plan to reduce the list of 65 funded cancer drugs by 37 items, which will severely impact the survival rates of thousands cancer patients.

What does the “Jeremy Corbyn phenomenon” represent?

By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 15 August 2015

While the support for British Labour politician Jeremy Corbyn represents a growth of oppositional sentiment, those looking to a Corbyn victory to provide an alternative to austerity will be cruelly disappointed.

UK Conservative government escalates attacks on asylum seekers

By Jean Shaoul, 14 August 2015

A new Immigration Bill will slash the already miserly level of support given to families seeking asylum.

UK: Manchester City Council bans homeless protesters from city centre

By Dennis Moore, 11 August 2015

The refusal to provide the Manchester protesters with legal aid funding is part of a broader attack on access to justice in the UK.

UK: Kirkby residents lose class action case against Sonae Indústria

By Margot Miller, 10 August 2015

The largest class action of its kind in UK legal history followed a huge fire at the factory in June 2011, with residents complaining of skin irritation and breathing difficulties.

London Tube workers carry out 24-hour strike

By Paul Mitchell, 8 August 2015

Although deliberately limited by the unions, the walkout brought the capital city of 8.63 million people to a virtual standstill.

London Tube worker describes issues in struggle

By our correspondent, 8 August 2015

London Underground worker explains how the introduction of night work would set the precedent for further attacks on conditions.

UK teachers leave profession in record numbers

By Tania Kent, 7 August 2015

Applications for teaching jobs have declined by 27,000 in the last 12 months.

Surge in homelessness among young people across the UK

By Dennis Moore, 6 August 2015

According to a new study, an estimated 1.3 million young people aged 16 to 24 have slept rough during the past year.

UK government rips up restrictions on fracking

By Trevor Johnson, 5 August 2015

The British government is sending a strong signal to the fracking industry that its interests will prevail over all others.

London Underground workers set to hold second 24-hour strike

By Daniel O’Flynn, 4 August 2015

LU workers are involved in a political struggle with the employers and government, which want to reorganise the transport system on behalf of global capital.

Union calls off District line action prior to London Underground strike

By Ross Mitchell, 3 August 2015

Seven drivers, members of ASLEF, were suspended by LUL management for refusing to take out trains as part of union-initiated industrial action.

Royal Dutch Shell to slash 6,500 jobs

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.

Fourth body recovered from UK factory explosion

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.

UK government whips up anti-immigrant hysteria over Eurotunnel security at Calais

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.

UK Labour Party descends into crisis over leadership contest

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.

UK Conservatives plan war and domestic repression

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.

UK: Green Party presides over homeless crisis in Bristol

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.

UK government uses demand for weekend work to attack National Health Service

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.

Tony Blair warns against “radical leftism” in Labour leadership race

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.

UK announces “anti-extremism” plan sanctioning domestic repression and war

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.

UK: Labour capitulates on Conservative welfare cuts bill

By Paul Mitchell, 22 July 2015

The bill’s measures will plunge millions of workers and youth further into economic insecurity and poverty.

The Queen’s Nazi salute: Historical revisionism in the service of state censorship

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.

UK defence secretary admits flouting parliamentary ban on military involvement in Syrian war

By Chris Marsden, 21 July 2015

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon used the parliamentary debate to propagandize for war.

Buckingham Palace orders inquiry, threatens legal action over Nazi salute film

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.

Conservative government concealed UK participation in Syria air strikes

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.

Scottish National Party’s anti-austerity hypocrisy exposed

By Stephen Alexander, 18 July 2015

The progressive pretensions of the SNP are a cover for core neo-liberal policies.

UK Conservative government curtails right to strike

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

British Labour backs Conservatives’ welfare cuts

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.

UK Socialist Workers Party and Left Platform debate: Joint apologists for Syriza

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.

Manchester protesters face eviction as UK rough sleeping rises

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.

UK: Poorest children lag behind on language skills

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.

Scottish National Party’s Nicola Sturgeon in talks over fracking

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.

London trains shut down in rail worker strike

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.

UK Conservative budget heralds ever deeper austerity

By Julie Hyland, 9 July 2015

Chancellor George Osborne delivered a budget that seeks to replicate the situation in Greece.

UK government slashes non-EU migrant worker numbers

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.

UK child poverty rising as government seeks cuts to tax credits

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.

UK seeks leading role in military campaign against Russia

By Julie Hyland, 3 July 2015

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon’s remarks are a significant escalation of British provocations against Russia.

UK: Another £22 billion in “savings efficiencies” in National Health Service

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.

Three national strikes called off by UK trade unions

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.

UK unions abandon strike threat at Tata Steel

By Danny Richardson, 29 June 2015

A spokesman for Tata Steel indicated that the company believes it has made gains at workers’ expense.

UK Prime Minister Cameron sets out demands for EU treaty reform

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.

Thousands of jobs lost in UK

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.

Scottish National Party’s Nicola Sturgeon goes warmongering in Washington

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.

250,000 demonstrate against austerity in London

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.

Participants in UK marches denounce austerity

By our reporters, 22 June 2015

The World Socialist Web Site interviewed anti-austerity demonstrators in London and Glasgow.

Only socialism and class struggle can end austerity

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.

UK: Labour saves Conservative government from defeat on EU referendum bill

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.