Socialist Equality Party (UK) Election Campaign

The class issues in the UK snap election

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.

Cameron’s attack on migrants spearheads appeal to far right in the UK

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.

Meetings on UK general elections: “We were alone in telling workers and young people the truth”

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.

The death of British Labourism

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.

General election produces political earthquake in Britain

By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 9 May 2015

The general election has claimed the scalps of three party leaders.

General election produces political earthquake in Britain

By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 8 May 2015

The general election has claimed the scalp of three party leaders.

Glasgow Care Crisis hustings: Pseudo-left make overtures to the Scottish National Party

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.

SEP UK candidate David O’Sullivan addresses Primrose Hill hustings

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.

Class issues behind Sun columnist Katie Hopkins’ attacks on migrants

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.

SEP’s David O’Sullivan addresses UK general election meeting on role of unions

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.

SEP candidate Katie Rhodes addresses Glasgow Central Mosque hustings

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”.

Tommy Sheridan’s “Hope over Fear”: Cheerleaders for the Scottish National 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.

Defend migrants and refugees! Oppose British imperialism!

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.

UK General Election: Green Party offers no real alternative to austerity and militarism

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.

Scottish Socialist Party manifesto: Nationalism and class collaboration

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:

“Whoever forms the next government makes no fundamental difference”

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.

UK welfare benefit sanctions bring hardship and hunger

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.

UK Labour competes with Conservatives over most business-friendly pro-austerity manifesto

By Robert Stevens, 21 April 2015

“Our manifesto begins with the Budget Responsibility Lock,” Labour states.

SEP speaker at London election meeting: Only socialism can bring about genuine equality

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”

SEP candidate for Glasgow Central Katie Rhodes speaks at hustings

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

Scottish National Party, Plaid Cymru and Green Party offer “progressive alliance” with Labour

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.”

SEP candidate at Kentish Town Community Centre hustings

“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.

Oppose NATO war mongering: Attend International May Day online rally

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.

The political fraud of Britain’s Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

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.

Latest UK pension reforms will lead to a yet deeper crisis

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.

Holborn and St. Pancras: A long association with the revolutionary workers movement

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.

Holborn and St. Pancras: London’s great social divide

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.

Scottish nationalist advocates “devo-max” in Aberdeen leaders’ debate

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.”

Socialist Equality Party overturns election hustings exclusion in Camden

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.

SEP candidate for Glasgow Central addresses Caledonian University hustings

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”.

Glasgow Central: SEP on the ballot in socially-polarised constituency

By Steve James and Stephen Alexander, 9 April 2015

Some of the most depressed neighbourhoods in Glasgow fall within the constituency.

Glasgow Central: A history of working class struggle

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.

London: The Kingsway pavement fire and the need for socialism

By David O’Sullivan, 8 April 2015

Thousands of workers had to be evacuated from the Holborn area.

Pseudo-left rally behind Scottish National Party at anti-nuclear submarine rally

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.

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon denies claim she wants a Conservative government

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.

UK party leaders’ debate: Pro-business parties discuss how best to impose austerity

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.

Tommy Sheridan’s call for a Scottish National Party vote: An exposure of Britain’s pseudo-left

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.

London: SEP candidate exposes false housing promises of Labour and Greens

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.

Labour offers itself to business backers to kick off UK election campaign

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.

Scottish National Party prepares for a coalition role at Westminster

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

UK local elections: Workers explain why they voted Socialist Equality Party

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.

UK local elections: Defend migrant workers

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.

UK local elections: Former Delphi worker explains how unions assisted in factory closure

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.

UK: SEP candidate talks to students in St. Helens

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.

UK local elections: SEP candidate speaks at PCS union’s question time

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.

UK local elections: Labour Party and trade unions facilitate government cuts

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.

SEP (UK) campaign among Peterborough youth

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.

UK local elections: Record unemployment in St. Helens

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.

The British Greens: A party of cuts and austerity

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

UK: SEP candidate condemns rising child poverty in Peterborough

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.

UK: St. Helens workers speak to the SEP’s Danny Dickinson

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.

Peterborough residents respond to SEP election manifesto

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.

SEP (UK) election campaign: Oppose the privatisation of essential social assets

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.

Peterborough: Thousands apply for just 20 jobs

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.

Peterborough residents speak out against growing inequality

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.

“The Socialist Equality Party is the leadership workers in Britain need”

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.

Sheffield “anti-cuts” hustings: Ex-left line up with Labour Party/TUC

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.

Socialist Equality Party responds to PCS union’s “There is an Alternative” campaign

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.

What attitude should British workers take to the May 5 Alternative Vote referendum?

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).

Workers in Ardwick, Manchester speak of growing poverty and hardship

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.

SEP candidate visits picket line at Sheffield College, Hillsborough

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.

Oppose university tuition fee hikes

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.

Manchester spending cuts hit most vulnerable

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.

“I spend all my time worrying how to make ends meet”

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.

SEP candidate speaks at children and family centre in Ardwick, Manchester

By our reporter, 20 April 2011

Robert Skelton is the Socialist Equality Party candidate for the Ardwick ward.

Vote Simon Walker, Socialist Equality Party for Walkley, Sheffield

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

Manchester’s Ardwick ward blighted by poverty and inequality

By Robert Skelton, 16 April 2011

Robert Skelton is the Socialist Equality Party candidate for the Ardwick ward.

Socialist Equality Party (UK): Local authority elections campaign meetings

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.

Socialist Equality Party (UK) launches council election campaign

6 April 2011

The Socialist Equality Party (UK) has launched its campaign for the May 5 local authority elections in Sheffield and Manchester.

The Socialist Equality Party’s candidates for Manchester and Sheffield

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

Where is Britain going?

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.

Britain: David O'Sullivan replies to election correspondence

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.

Political instability follows inconclusive British elections

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.

After the General Election: Where is Britain going?

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.

The Green Party in Britain: advocates of “green capitalism”

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.

Britain: Scottish and Welsh nationalists back hung parliament

By Jordan Shilton, 6 May 2010

The Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru are promoting the virtues of a hung parliament in Britain.

Britain: SEP campaigns at University of Manchester

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.

SEP candidate Robert Skelton speaks on DM Digital TV’s “Spotlight”

By our reporter, 4 May 2010

Socialist Equality Party candidate for Manchester Central Robert Skelton was invited to speak on the TV programme “Spotlight”.

Britain: Correspondence on the SEP’s election manifesto

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.

Britain’s leaders debate on the economy: Evasion, lies and anti-immigrant rhetoric

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.

Britain: SEP candidate barred from hustings by Manchester University Students Union

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.

BBC Radio Manchester interviews SEP candidate Robert Skelton

By our correspondent, 30 April 2010

BBC Radio Manchester’s Michelle Daniel interviewed Robert Skelton, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for Manchester Central.

Sunday Times Rich List shows fortunes of British super-rich soar by a third

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.

SEP campaign in Oxford East: Cowley Road residents interviewed

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.

Britain: Tragic suicide highlights plight of young unemployed

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.

British press calls for election debate on budget cuts

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.

Video: SEP candidate addresses Oxford Union

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.

SEP candidate speaks at comprehensive school hustings in Oxford East

“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.

Britain: David O’Sullivan addresses hustings in Oxford East

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.

Britain: SEP candidate addresses Greenpeace hustings

By Julie Hyland, 26 April 2010

Greenpeace held a political hustings in Oxford Town Hall last Wednesday entitled “Ask the Climate Question”.

Britain’s leaders’ debate: A fraud in three acts

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”.

Britain: Workers must oppose prejudice against immigrants and asylum seekers

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.

What is the situation facing immigrants and asylum seekers in Britain?

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.

Oxford East voters speak following SEP candidate’s appearance at election hustings

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.

The Scottish Socialist Party: Cheerleaders for nationalism

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.

Socialist Equality Party receives warm response in Manchester and Oxford

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.

Britain: SEP candidate Robert Skelton speaks at Manchester Stop the War Coalition hustings

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).