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Monday, 14 July 2014

Morning Star Summer Sunday

The Greater Manchester Morning Star Supporters Group will be hosting an event in Glossop on the 27th July to raise money for the Star's appeal.

The event will take place at the Labour Club from 2pm. There will be music from the Glossop Mashers, poetry, a buffet lunch and stalls.

Tickets are £7, £5 concession and £12 solidarity. You are advised to book in advance as places are limited. For more information or tickets, please contact event organiser John at J.Hallsworth@mcr1.poptel.org.uk or 01457 865236

Prior to the event, there will be an opportunity for a short walk around the area. If you would like to come, meet at Glossop station for 11.45am start.

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Saturday, 10 May 2014

Nationalise 'big pharma', say Communists

'Only public ownership will protect jobs and facilities in Britain's pharmaceuticals industry, while also safeguarding the interests of NHS patients', Anita Halpin the Communist Party's political committee on Wednesday evening.

She was arguing against the takeover of the British-based company AstraZeneca by US multinational giant Pfizer, which is being backed by Tory Prime Minister David Cameron and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Business Secretary Vince Cable and Labour Party leader Ed Miliband are believed to favour a government inquiry into whether the biggest corporate takeover in British history would be in the 'public interest'.
'Pfizer have broken assurances to maintain R&D jobs and facilities in the US and Britain before and it would be madness to fall for the same guff twice', Ms Halpin pointed out.

The CP trade union organiser argued that the US corporation was primarily interested in dodging higher US taxes on profits and buying into the NHS which, she said, is 'up for sale'. AstraZeneca already has lucrative contracts to supply diagnostic services as well as drugs and has purchased an extensive database of NHS in-patent records.

'Both companies are multinational corporations which have been slashing R&D jobs and ripping off their customers in order to maximise profits for shareholders', Ms Halpin accused, revealing that the annual NHS drugs bill of £11bn allows for profit margins of up to 30 per cent on each product, on top of a margin for R&D investment.

'Instead of subsidising "Big Pharma", we should take a leaf out of Nye Bevan's book In Place of Fear (1952), when the founder of our NHS proposed that medical supplies be produced by public enterprise to prevent the fleecing of taxpayers by big business', she suggested.

The CP political committee also decided to:
- Express solidarity with railway staff, firefighters, teachers and other workers taking industrial action on pay, pensions and other terms and conditions of employment.
- Welcome the prospect of coordinated action on local government pay.
- Urge a massive turnout for the People's Assembly 'No More Austerity - Demand the Alternative' demonstration and free festival in London on June 21.
- Applaud the failure of celebrities in recent court cases to escape justice for sex offences.
- Condemn the decision by the Ukrainian Duma to ban Communist MPs from parliamentary proceedings.

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Thursday, 1 May 2014

Communists Back No2EU Challenge To Ukip ‘Poison

Britain's communists have welcomed the No2EU — Yes to Workers’ Rights challenge in next month’s European Parliament elections as “a vital antidote to the reactionary and anti-foreigner poison” of Ukip.

General secretary Rob Griffiths told the Communist Party political committee on Wednesday that Ukip was preying on disillusionment with Establishment politics and the European Union.

“But Ukip leader and ex-City speculator Nigel Farage (pictured) is a first-class passenger on the Brussels and Strasbourg gravy train who opposes trade union and employment rights, proposes further tax cuts for the rich and big business and wants to privatise the NHS,” Mr Griffiths said.

He pointed out that Ukip supports the austerity and privatisation that have made 26 million people unemployed across Europe, but then cynically seeks to “whip up a vile wave of xenophobia” to make workers in Britain fear for their jobs. “Only No2EU — Yes to Workers’ Rights will be campaigning against austerity and privatisation, for public ownership and full employment, and for equal rights for all workers to ensure that employers can’t use cheap migrant labour to undercut wages, terms and conditions,” Mr Griffiths said.

The No2EU alliance includes transport union RMT, the Communist Party, the Socialist Party and the Indian Workers Association. In the small number of constituencies without No2EU candidates, Britain’s communists will be calling for “a vote from the left to block UKIP and the BNP fascists.”

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From Manchester to Madrid



A collective of artists using prose, song, poetry and an exhibition will tell the story of Greater Manchester’s unsung heroes and heroines who fought Fascism in Spain. Join us for a moving and inspirational night. ‘No Pasaran’! Tickets £5. Admission from 6.30pm

For more information, visit Chorlton Festival

Friday, 25 April 2014

Tories Push Nationalism on Bolton's Children

Motivated by a desire to regain votes lost to UKIP Bolton Tory Mudasir Dean succesfully passed a motion to request that schools in Bolton fly the Union Jack and sing God Save the Queen on a daily basis. Mudasir will be up against his ex-colleague a defector to UKIP.

Mudasir stated that symbols of national pride such as the Union Jack need to be taken back from out of the hands of the far-right when it is clear the true motivation behind the move is to curry favour with far-right opinion.

The Young Communists in the north-west condemn this attempt to pander to the far-right but remember that the Tories were always the party of racists and imperialists. The YCL would like to point out that towns like Bolton have a proud history of radical working class struggle and would be better off raising the Red Flag rather than the Butcher's Apron.

For more information on the Young Communist League, click here

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

George Tapp: No2EU Election Address

**Back in the 1970s, I voted Yes to Europe, even though people I supported like Jack Jones and Tony Benn said No. The media was full of crisi talk about the balance of payments, the pounds devaluation and rising unemployment. Labour MP Harold Wilson's National Plan was calling for new high-tech industries.

'Join Europe, we can't afford not to', everyone said. Euro money would flow into the regions followed by investment and jobs. Giant billboards said 'Jobs for the boys' if we voted Yes. So we did and the investment and jobs poured in. NOT! They left! Entire industries vanished - we got a jobs massacre!

Why do I say this was down to the EU? The first few words of its founding charter tell you everything - 'The free movement of capital, labour, goods and services'. Its what UK big money had been after all along.

Scouring the globe for the cheapest labour, building mega banks, playing the market, setting up tax havens, paying themselves mega bucks, never giving a tinkers for anything or anyone else.

The 2008 crash and recession were a warning of how this could end. We have to get back to something like Harold Wilson's National Plan - only this time bringing ibig money (most of it our pensions and savings) under control. Investment has to go into UK industry, transport, housing and health before its too late.

The Left Alternative to the EU

A progressive alliance to defeat austerity, racism and defend democracy
For EU withdrawl linked to inventionist policies
For public ownership of key utilities
For an industrial strategy
For a redistribution of wealth and income
For a referendum - using it to win the British people for this alternative

VOTE NO2EU - YES TO WORKERS RIGHTS**

For more information go to: No2EU website