Socialist Equality Party (UK) Election Campaign
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain)
22 May 2017
The following is a statement by the Socialist Equality Party in Britain on the central issues facing the working class in the June 8 general election.
By Julie Hyland, 29 January 2016
Comments this week by UK Prime Minister David Cameron make clear that anti-immigrant propaganda is an integral part of a pro-corporate agenda of austerity and war.
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 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 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 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 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 Barry Mason, 29 April 2015
Rhodes appealed to the audience at the hustings “to reject the false promises made by these candidates and their rotten parties and build a genuine working class party”.
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 David O’Sullivan, 25 April 2015
The following statement was issued by David O’Sullivan, Socialist Equality Party candidate for the London Holborn & St. Pancras constituency.
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.
By Julie Hyland, 23 April 2015
The SSP approaches every issue facing working people solely from the standpoint of the ability of the Scottish bourgeoisie to grab more powers from Westminster.
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.
“Nothing can be resolved without ending the dictatorship of the super-rich”
By Barry Mason, 20 April 2015
Rhodes outlined the SEP’s programme at a meeting organised by the Garnethill Community Council.
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 Katie Rhodes, 17 April 2015
The Socialist Equality Party is the only political party putting forward a genuine, socialist, opposition to war in the UK elections.
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.
SEP election teams speak to workers in London, Glasgow: “Revolution is the only way we are going to change things.”
By our reporters, 16 April 2015
Socialist Equality Party campaign teams in Glasgow Central and in Holborn and St. Pancras in London, have spoken to hundreds of workers and young people in the last few days.
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 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 Julie Hyland, 11 April 2015
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said she would push for complete control of taxation and spending in Scotland “as quickly as the other parties agree to give it.”
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 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 Steve James and Stephen Alexander, 9 April 2015
Some of the most depressed neighbourhoods in Glasgow fall within the constituency.
By Steve James and Stephen Alexander, 9 April 2015
Savage conditions in the early days of industrial production along with terrible overcrowding and insanitary housing gave rise to decades of brutal class warfare.
By David O’Sullivan, 8 April 2015
Thousands of workers had to be evacuated from the Holborn area.
By Julie Hyland, 7 April 2015
The organisers of Saturday’s protest are seeking to channel opposition to war behind capitalist parties fully committed to militarism.
By Julie Hyland, 6 April 2015
Labour is polling poorly across the UK and is forecast to be wiped out in Scotland, with the Scottish National Party the beneficiary.
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 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.
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 Steve James, 19 January 2015
The SNP has decided that the views of its newer members are not going to prejudice its chances of cutting a deal with one or other of the leading British parties
By our reporters, 4 May 2012
Campaign teams spoke to some of those who either voted or intended to vote for Socialist Equality Party candidates, Stephen Woodbridge in Bretton North ward, Peterborough, and Danny Dickinson in the St Helens Town Centre ward.
By Stephen Woodbridge, 3 May 2012
As the economic crisis has bitten deeper, with vicious cuts imposed on working people, the pro-business parties are stoking up anti-immigrant sentiment.
By our reporter, 3 May 2012
The Socialist Equality Party spoke to a laid-off worker in St. Helens town centre on Saturday, while campaigning for our candidate, Danny Dickinson.
By our reporters, 2 May 2012
Socialist Equality Party campaign teams spoke to students and workers at St. Helens College and in the town centre.
By Paul Stuart, 1 May 2012
Socialist Equality Party candidate for Bretton North Stephen Woodbridge attended a candidate question time organised by the Public and Civil Servants union.
By Stephen Woodbridge, 30 April 2012
Statement by the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for the Bretton North ward of Peterborough in the May 3 local elections.
By our reporters, 28 April 2012
Socialist Equality Party members spoke to a number of students and young workers in Peterborough while campaigning for Stephen Woodbridge, candidate for Bretton North.
UK local elections: “The ill are being coerced, manipulated, into doing something they are not capable of”
By Stephen Woodbridge, 28 April 2012
Stephen Woodbridge, Socialist Equality Party candidate for the Peterborough Bretton North ward, spoke to heart-attack victim John Cyngier.
By Danny Dickinson, 27 April 2012
Statement of SEP (UK) candidate Danny Dickinson on joblessness in St. Helens, one of the many towns and cities in the northwest of England hit by the decline of traditional manufacturing industries.
By of Danny Dickinson and Socialist Equality Party (UK) candidate in St. Helens Town Centre ward, 25 April 2012
The Greens claim to represent an alternative to the parties of cuts and austerity. Their record proves otherwise
By Stephen Woodbridge, 24 April 2012
The following statement has been issued by Stephen Woodbridge, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for the Bretton North ward of Peterborough in local elections on May 3.
By our reporters, 23 April 2012
Socialist Equality Party campaign teams are speaking to many workers and youth about the programme advanced by Danny Dickinson, who is standing as the party’s candidate in the St. Helens Town Centre ward in the May 3 local elections.
By our reporters, 21 April 2012
A large number of people have read the Socialist Equality Party election manifesto delivered to homes in the Bretton North ward of Peterborough in support of its candidate Stephen Woodbridge.
By Stephen Woodbridge, SEP candidate in Bretton North and Peterborough, 19 April 2012
The following statement has been released by Stephen Woodbridge, the SEP’s candidate for the Bretton North ward in Peterborough in the May 3 local council election.
By Stephen Woodbridge, 12 April 2012
This is a press release issued by Stephen Woodbridge, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for local elections in the Bretton North ward, Peterborough on May 3.
By our reporter, 10 April 2012
Stephen Woodbridge is the Socialist Equality Party local election candidate for Bretton North, Peterborough. Over the last days, SEP supporters have hand delivered thousands of the SEP’s election manifesto to every house in the ward.
5 May 2011
The speech delivered by SEP candidates Robert Skelton and Simon Walker at election meetings in the Manchester-Ardwick and Sheffield-Walkley wards.
By Julie Hyland, 5 May 2011
The election hustings organised by the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) and the Sheffield Anti-Cuts Alliance (SACA) last week offered no means of opposing the austerity cuts of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat government.
By Simon Walker, 5 May 2011
Simon Walker, Socialist Equality Party candidate for Walkley in Sheffield, was asked to support the Public and Commercial Service Union’s (PCS) five point pledge.
By Socialist Equality Party (UK), 4 May 2011
On May 5, people in the UK are being asked to vote in a national referendum on whether to move from a first-past-the-post electoral system to one based on the Alternative Vote (AV).
By our reporters, 4 May 2011
Social inequality and the escalating cost of living has been a major issue raised with those campaigning for the Socialist Equality Party in Ardwick, Manchester, where Robert Skelton is standing as a candidate in the local elections.
Striking lecturer: “You don’t feel valued, you just feel like a number”
By our reporters, 29 April 2011
Socialist Equality Party candidate Simon Walker visited the picket line of lecturers at Sheffield College Hillsborough site, close to the Walkley ward where he is standing in the local council elections.
Simon Walker (SEP candidate Sheffield Walkley)
By Simon Walker, 27 April 2011
The Socialist Equality Party opposes the decision of the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University to charge the near maximum tuition fees for students starting their studies in 2012.
By our reporters, 26 April 2011
The WSWS spoke to residents at Newbury House, an alcohol project in Ardwick that is threatened with closure due to public spending cuts. Robert Skelton is the SEP’s candidate in local elections.
SEP speaks to workers, youth in Walkley, Sheffield
By our reporters, 23 April 2011
The Socialist Equality Party is standing Simon Walker for local authority elections in the Walkley ward of Sheffield.
By our reporter, 20 April 2011
Robert Skelton is the Socialist Equality Party candidate for the Ardwick ward.
A socialist alternative to Labour and the Liberal Democrats
By Simon Walker, 18 April 2011
The SEP campaign offers the working class a socialist alternative to the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties.
Socialist Equality Party (UK) council election campaign
By Robert Skelton, 16 April 2011
Robert Skelton is the Socialist Equality Party candidate for the Ardwick ward.
12 April 2011
The Socialist Equality Party (UK) is standing candidates in local authority elections in Sheffield and Manchester to be held May 5. Both campaigns are holding regular, weekly campaign meetings.
6 April 2011
The Socialist Equality Party (UK) has launched its campaign for the May 5 local authority elections in Sheffield and Manchester.
6 April 2011
Robert Skelton and Simon Walker are standing as the Socialist Equality Party’s candidates in the May 5 local authority elections in Manchester and Sheffield.
Socialist Equality Party (Britain) post-election meetings
13 May 2010
The Socialist Equality Party (Britain) is holding meetings in the two constituencies in which it stood candidates in the May 6 General Election—Oxford East and Manchester Central.
By our correspondent, 10 May 2010
During the Socialist Equality Party's campaign in Oxford East, our candidate David O'Sullivan received a number of emails to our election site. We are posting a selection of excerpts.
By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 8 May 2010
Britain is entering a period of profound instability in the aftermath of the May 7 general election that goes far beyond the problem of forming a minority or coalition government.
By Socialist Equality Party (Britain), 6 May 2010
A government by any combination of parties that emerges after the elections will function as a right-wing cabal, dedicated to waging economic and social warfare against the working class.
By Richard Tyler, 6 May 2010
The Green Party is standing 335 candidates for the May 6 general election, contesting over half the seats in the UK parliament.
By Jordan Shilton, 6 May 2010
The Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru are promoting the virtues of a hung parliament in Britain.
By our correspondent, 5 May 2010
A Socialist Equality Party campaign team and members of the International Students for Social Equality have been campaigning at the University of Manchester campus on Oxford Road.
By our reporter, 4 May 2010
Socialist Equality Party candidate for Manchester Central Robert Skelton was invited to speak on the TV programme “Spotlight”.
By David O’Sullivan, 3 May 2010
Below we reprint a letter from a voter in Oxford East in response to the SEP’s election communication and the response by SEP candidate David O’Sullivan.
By Julie Hyland, 1 May 2010
The last of three televised debates between Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Conservative David Cameron and Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg was billed as the moment they would finally come clean and tell the electorate the truth.
By Jean Shaoul, 1 May 2010
The University of Manchester Students Union (UMSU) barred Robert Skelton, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for Manchester Central from attending its Election Candidates Questions and Answer Session last Monday.
By our correspondent, 30 April 2010
BBC Radio Manchester’s Michelle Daniel interviewed Robert Skelton, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for Manchester Central.
By David O’Sullivan and Socialist Equality Party candidate for Oxford East, 29 April 2010
The latest annual Sunday Times Rich List reveals a massive increase in the wealth of Britain’s super-rich.
By our correspondent, 29 April 2010
Socialist Equality Party campaigners have been speaking to voters and residents around Cowley Road in the East Oxford constituency. Discussions have thrown up diverse experiences, reflecting the varied character of the area.
By Statement by Robert Skelton and SEP candidate for Manchester Central, 28 April 2010
On March 31, a young, bright, popular and talented 21-year-old took her life with a massive overdose of drugs.
By Alex Lantier, 28 April 2010
With the May 6 British general election approaching, press commentators have identified the massive budget cuts the next government must implement.
28 April 2010
On April 20, David O’Sullivan, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for Oxford East, spoke at an election hustings organised by the Stop the War Coalition.
“The working class has to take control of its own destiny”
By Steve James, 27 April 2010
David O’Sullivan, SEP candidate in the Oxford East constituency, took part in an election hustings organised by the Parent Teacher Association at Cheney School in Oxford.
By Julie Hyland, 26 April 2010
Over the past week, David O’Sullivan, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for Oxford East, has spoken at a number of local hustings leading up to the May 6 General Election.
By Julie Hyland, 26 April 2010
Greenpeace held a political hustings in Oxford Town Hall last Wednesday entitled “Ask the Climate Question”.
By Chris Marsden, 24 April 2010
The second of three televised debates between the leaders of Britain’s main parties was meant to focus on foreign policy, but over half was given over to questions of “general interest”.
By Robert Skelton and Socialist Equality Party candidate for Manchester Central, 24 April 2010
The Socialist Equality Party, in its campaign in Manchester Central, has repeatedly encountered workers who are by no means racist, but who argue that with jobs and public services under attack, immigration is too high and must be curbed.
By Jean Shaoul, 24 April 2010
Official statistics refute the claims that Britain is being “swamped” by immigration and show the desperately impoverished conditions in which immigrants live and work.
By our reporter, 23 April 2010
Over the last week, David O’Sullivan, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for Oxford East, has addressed a series of general election hustings organised by various churches and organisations such as Oxfam and the Stop the War Coalition.
By Steve James and Chris Marsden, 22 April 2010
The Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) is standing 10 candidates in the May 6 Westminster elections. Its manifesto, “For an independent socialist Scotland,” is the work of a party hostile to the essential interests of the working class.
By our reporters, 21 April 2010
Socialist Equality Party election teams campaigned recently in the Manchester Central constituency, where SEP candidate Robert Skelton is standing in the May 6 General Election.
By Jean Shaoul, 20 April 2010
Socialist Equality Party candidate for Manchester Central, Robert Skelton, addressed a hustings meeting called by the Manchester Stop the War Coalition (STWC).