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Graham4Mayor

Graham Stevenson
Communist Party National Trade Union Organiser
for the Mayoralty of the new Combined Authority

West Midlands May 4th 2017


Geoff Ferres, District Secretary of the Midlands Communist Party, reports that West Midlands Communists have enthusiastically endorsed the candidature of

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FOR INTERNATIONALISM AND A "PEOPLE'S EXIT"

General Secretary Robert Griffiths delivered the Political Report to the first meeting of the Communist Party's new executive committee on January 21:

There is an ancient and well-worn Chinese saying: 'May you live in interesting times'. What is not so well-known – at least outside China – is that this is meant as a curse, not a blessing.

After the inauguration of Donald Trump as US President, we can be sure that we live not only in interesting times, but in dangerous times as well.

He has taken office on a minority vote, but having won substantial support among sections of the working class with promises of private and public sector investment, more jobs and higher wages.

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BLOCK THE RULING CLASS OFFENSIVE AND WIN A LEFT-LED GOVERNMENT

Congress Resolution Public Cover sm"Communist parties across the world play a unique role in demonstrating that capitalism, because of its commitment to marketisation and profit, cannot provide lasting reforms and that a socialist alternative is the only solution to capitalist crisis. The Communist Party can play this unique role in Britain and its programme Britain's Road to Socialism is a key tool in support of this. It is the role of the Communist Party to give the working class and its allies a vision of an alternative society, a socialist society, by taking into account our own country's history and conditions."

The full report of the Main Resolution of the Communist Party of Britain's 54th Congress, 19-20 November 2016 is now available on issuu.

COMMUNISTS SUPPORT 'UNITED WAY FORWARD' ON EU EXIT

Jeremy Corbyn's speech in Peterborough earlier this week offers a united way forward for the labour movement on Britain's exit from the EU, according to the Communist Party.

CP general secretary Robert Griffiths said that his 'incisive and important' remarks should not be forgotten in a 'mediafog of misreporting and distortion'. While most news coverage concentrated on the Labour Party leader's comments about a maximum salary cap, the Peterborough speech set out how, in Mr Corbyn's words, 'Labour will build a better Britain out of Brexit'.

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CLASS POLITICS NEEDED, SAY COMMUNISTS

Robert Griffiths 2The left and labour movement in Britain are urgently in need of a return to 'class politics', according to Communist Party general secretary Robert Griffiths.

He told the party's political committee on Wednesday evening that subjective and impressionistic views were in danger of misleading socialists and trade unionists to the benefit of big business and the far right. In particular, he cited the warm response given in some quarters to a recent address delivered by Bank of England governor Mark Carney and the support of trade unions and Labour MPs to Britain's continued membership of the Single European Market.

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FULL STEAM AHEAD FOR TORY ATTACK ON THE POOR AND VULNERABLE

The Tory attack on low paid workers, benefit claimants and people with disabilities will continue for years to come unless we get rid of this government.

Most of the cuts planned by ex-Chancellor Osborne are going ahead as planned through freezing in-work benefits, rolling out Universal Credit and slashing disability payments. At the same time there are yet more tax cuts for business and extra public subsidies for capitalist free markets in housing, transport and technical innovation that have failed so miserably up to now. Instead of pumping £8bn more into the private housing sector and accelerating the forced sell-off of Housing Association properties, that money could build 140,000 new homes - almost four times more than Chancellor Hammond unveiled today.

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LEFT MUST TAKE THE LEAD IN THE US AND BRITAIN, COMMUNISTS URGE

Given the choice in the US presidential election between a neoliberal, banker-oriented, imperialist warmonger or Trump’s demagogic promises to regenerate industry, create jobs, end crime and 'drain the swamp' of corruption, nobody should be too surprised at the result, Bill Greenshields told the Communist Party of Britain's political committee on Wednesday evening (November 9).

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POPULAR SOVEREIGNTY AT STAKE, SAY COMMUNISTS

The democratic principle at stake in the European Union struggle is not parliamentary sovereignty but the sovereignty of the people, Communist Party general secretary Robert Griffiths told the party's executive committee at the weekend.

He was responding to last week's ruling by the High Court that the British government must consult MPs and peers before triggering negotiations to leave the EU.

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TRURO LAUNCH OF DERYVADOW PARTY AN GEMYNWER

On Saturday 29 October, the Communist Party launched in Truro the first ever Cornish translation of the Communist Manifesto, the 1848 work by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels.  It was recently completed by Heather Penruth who worked on the text for three years. The meeting congratulated Heather for her vision and commitment in tackling this enormous task. 

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