Socialist Equality Party (UK)

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Socialist Equality Party
Founded 1986, as Workers Revolutionary Party (Internationalist))
Split from Workers Revolutionary Party
Youth wing International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Britain)
Ideology
International affiliation International Committee of the Fourth International
Website
http://www.socialequality.org.uk
Politics of the United Kingdom
Political parties
Elections

The Socialist Equality Party is a Trotskyist group in Britain. It is one of several Socialist Equality Parties affiliated with the International Committee of the Fourth International. The ICFI publishes daily news articles, perspectives and commentaries on the World Socialist Web Site.

History[edit]

The party's origins lie in the Workers Revolutionary Party (WRP) until the majority of that party split from the ICFI in 1986. A group in the WRP supported the ICFI and left the WRP. Initially known as the Workers Revolutionary Party (Internationalist), they soon became the International Communist Party, based in Sheffield. They stood in several elections before renaming themselves in 1996, in line with other members of the international group.[1][2]

Programme[edit]

The party's manifesto claims the necessity for the development of a new and genuinely socialist movement against a Conservative Party government which functions as the political tool of the super-rich. It calls for the unity of workers throughout Britain with their brothers and sisters internationally in opposition to the eruption of US aggression, which, with the Tory’s support, threatens to spread the illegal wars against Iraq and Afghanistan into Syria and possibly Iran.

The manifesto states: "The fight against war is bound up with the struggle to put an end to the capitalist profit system by reorganizing economic life to meet the social interests of the vast majority of the world’s population rather than the selfish interests of a parasitic elite." (See SEP election manifesto)

Recent Interventions[edit]

The SEP held a public meeting in Sheffield on 23 February 2011 to address the attempts to extradite Julian Assange. Robert Stevens spoke in defence of Assange, characterising the legal proceedings as "a manhunt".[3]

NHS Fightback was launched on 21 January 2013.[4]

The SEP held a series of meetings in October 2013 to oppose imperialist intervention in Syria and raise the danger of world war.[5]

Elections[edit]

The SEP ran candidates in the 2007 Scottish Parliament elections and the 2007 Welsh Assembly elections, but failed to gain any seats. The party ran a candidate, Chris Talbot, in the Haltemprice and Howden by-election who received 84 votes.[6] Two candidates stood in the 2010 general election, David O'Sullivan in Oxford East, who received 116 votes,[7] and Robert Skelton in Manchester Central, who received 54 votes.[8]

During the 2012 US Presidential campaign the SEP held public meetings in Manchester and London at which Jerry White, the candidate of the US SEP, spoke.[9][10][11]

The SEP is standing alongside the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit in Germany in the 2014 election for the European Parliament. In Britain, the SEP is standing in the North West constituency.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peter Barberis et al, Encyclopedia of British and Irish Political Organizations, p.162
  2. ^ Clement, Barrie (25 November 1996). "Socialists' new party strikes a left hook at Scargill". The Independent (London). Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Poulsen, Hanne. "Leading socialist writer supports Wikileaks case". JUS News. Department of Journalism, University of Sheffield. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Fightback needed to defend the UK’s National Health Service". World Socialist Web Site. International Committee of the Fourth International. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "UK workers and young people discuss Syria and the threat of war". World Socialist Web Site. International Committee of the Fourth International. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Haltemprice and Howden: Constituency Profile". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Oxford East Election History". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 16 April 2013. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Manchester Central: Constituency". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "US Presidential candidate speaks in Manchester on on trans-Atlantic 'unity of the working class' ahead of election". Mancunian Matters. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "US Presidential candidate Jerry White addresses Manchester audience". World Socialist Web Site. International Committee of the Fourth International. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Jerry White discusses with workers and students at London meeting". World Socalist Web Site. International Committee of the Fourth International. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "Socialist Equality Party stands in UK’s North West constituency in European Elections". World Socalist Web Site. International Committee of the Fourth International. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 

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