SSP announce Thorniewood by-election candidate

Liam McCabe is to stand as the Scottish Socialist Party candidate in the Thorniewood local by-election on 9 July, the party has announced.

Liam was a prominent Labour for Independence (LFI) activist during last year’s independence referendum campaign, but left the Labour Party on 19 September and joined the SSP before the General Election last month.

Liam said: ”We are at a very important time in Scotland’s history. Politics as we know it is in flux and many people are crying out for change. We have an energised SNP and a fading Labour Party, but neither of these parties represent a genuine change in the neoliberal and austere politics of our time.

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OPPOSE TORY AND SNP CUTS TO BUILD EFFECTIVE ANTI AUSTERITY CAMPAIGN

Press Release:

Commenting on the Queen’s speech today SSP national spokesman Colin Fox said:

“This right wing programme with no mandate in Scotland threatens further austerity and attacks on both trade union and human rights while pandering to the thinly veiled racism of the Tory backbenches.”

The Scottish Socialist Party rejects the view Britain’s debts are unmanageable and we accuse the Westminster Government of conspiring to reduce the size and influence of the public sector. These cuts will again fall on the most vulnerable. Our public service provision is already inadequate before further reductions are applied.

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SCOTTISH SOCIALISTS BACK BUILDING NEW LEFT ALLIANCE

The Scottish Socialist Party has backed plans for a new left wing electoral alliance aimed at winning seats in next year’s Holyrood elections.

The decision was taken at this weekend’s SSP national conference on the recommendation of the party’s executive.

National co spokesperson and former Lothians MSP Colin Fox welcomed the decision and said:
“With the return of another Tory government determined to intensify its assault on jobs, services and trade union rights and the collapse of Labour as a working class party the need for socialist representation is now more urgent than ever.’

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New Year message

As we leave 2014 behind and enter 2015 we find the political map of Scotland dotted with question marks. What has been the lasting legacy of that amazing referendum campaign? Who stands to benefit most in this year’s General Election? Will the SNP maintain poll ratings of 40% plus and hold on to 100,000 members to emerge as Scotland’s largest party at Westminster?

Scotland’s working class majority can expect more job losses like City Link, more insecurity and financial hardship stuck in dead end jobs, paying poverty wages, enduring zero hour contracts.

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SCOTTISH SOCIALISTS OPPOSE PRIVATE SCOTRAIL FRANCHISE

Colin Fox, national SSP spokesman, today echoed union criticism of the Scottish government’s decision to award the Scotrail franchise to Dutch firm Abellio rather than taking it back into public hands.

He said: “Like the rail unions we believe that Scotland’s railways should be in public ownership and public investment in them devoted to improved services rather than private profit whether Scottish or Dutch.

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