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Welsh communists reject 'Anti-Brexit, anti-Labour' pact

Communists are calling for a Labour vote everywhere in Wales as polls show a close contest in many of the country's 40 Westminster constituencies.

At the Communist Party's Welsh congress in Merthyr Tydfil at the weekend, executive committee member Alex Gordon highlighted the 'undeniable gulf' between Labour's left and progressive domestic policies and those of the Tory Party.

'Only a majority Labour government will take key industries and services back into public ownership, invest in a Green New Deal and seek pension justice for women', he pointed out. The former RMT president also highlighted Labour's bold plans to expand trade union and workplace rights.

But he regretted Labour's failure to adopt a bold stance against extra military spending and nuclear rearmament. Mr Gordon also warned that its pledge to hold a second referendum on EU membership so that Labour Cabinet members could campaign against Brexit had spread confusion and disullusionment in many working-class communities.

While welcoming the prospect of a Labour victory, he believed it would mark only the beginning of an intensive new phase in the poilitical class struggle in Britain.

'Whoever wins On December 12, it will be essential that we build mass movements on every front, not least through the trade union movement, to fight for a peaceful, sustainable socialist society. For that, we will also need a bigger, more influential Communist Party', he concluded.

The Welsh Communist Party condemned the formation of a LibDem-Plaid Cymru-Green Party alliance in the current General Election.

'This is an anti-Brexit, anti-Labour pact which could hand Welsh seats to the Tories and the Ten Downing Street keys to Boris Johnson', the party's secretary Trevor Jones declared. Instead, he urged all Communists and socialists to campaign for the election of 'a Labour leader and domestic manifesto that we can support'.

Welsh CP chair Laura Picand described the alliance as 'a betrayal of the people of Wales who have been hit hard by LibDem-Tory austerity cuts and who have voted to leave the neoliberal European Union'.

The Welsh CP congress decided to remit a resolution in favour of a state parental wage to its incoming executive for further consideration. Pontypridd branch delegate Catrin Ashton said the current system of allowances and entitlements 'does not guarantee a living income for all parents of young children up to the age of five, whether or not they choose to continue working or opt for pre-school nursery provision that should be free'.

North Wales delegate Dave Morgan applauded the Welsh Labour government's aim to have a million-strong Welsh-speaking population by the year 2050.

'However, this requires a major programme of investment in the human and material resources necessary for a big expansion of Welsh-medium education at every level, from playgroups and nurseries to colleges and adult classes', he pointed out.

The Welsh Congress drew up plans to celebrate next year's centenary of the Communist Party in Wales and Britain, with events that would attract friends and allies from beyond the ranks of the party itself.

'The ruling class fears a Corbyn victory' say Communists

'The British ruling class are doing as much as they can to prevent Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party from taking office as the result of the General Election', Carol Stavris told the Communist Party's executive committee last weekend.

'Boris Johnson has been given the task by the Tory Party's big business sponsors of leading his divided forces to victory on December 12, aided by vicious daily attacks on Jeremy Corbyn by a large section of the mass media and by anti-socialist elements within his own party', the CP Women's Organiser declared.

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Labour can win with bold policies and mass campaigining, Communists insist

'Labour is beginning to gain ground in the General Election as its economic and social policies chime with the needs and aspirations of the mass of the people', the Communist Party declared on Wednesday evening (November 13).

But CP London district secretary Steve Johnson warned that Britain's ruling class and its supposedly 'liberal' intelligentsia will pull out all the stops to prevent Jeremy Corbyn entering Ten Downing Street.

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Communists attack Farage and urge Labour vote

 In response to Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage's decision not to stand candidates against sitting Tory MPs, Communist Party general secretary issued the following statement today (Monday, November 11):

"It is entirely in keeping with Nigel Farage's right-wing political history that he wants the Tories to win the General Election. But his decision also exposes the vulnerability of Labour's move towards an anti-Brexit position, having dropped its pledge to honour the EU referendum result and adopted a second referendum instead. Only a Labour government with its left and progressive policies will end austerity and privatisation, although it would quickly discover that EU rules on competition, state aid, public procurement, the corporate right of establishment and the free movement of capital will be used in attempts to sabotage Labour's programme".

Communists for Labour victory and mass campaigning

The Communist Party reaffirms its commitment of September 23 to work for the election of a left-led Labour government in the forthcoming General Election. This is the only attainable outcome that would serve the interests of the working class and peoples of Britain. Thus we are calling for a clear-cut victory for Labour led by Jeremy Corbyn and for its left and progressive policies.

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Communists urge support for EU Withdrawal Bill

The Communist Party of Britain urges MPs to support the swift passage of the new EU Withdrawal Bill which is due to have its Second Reading vote later today (October 22).

'While we have substantial reservations about aspects of the proposed legislation, the issue of Britain's membership needs to be settled so that Labour can go into an imminent General Election on a bold, radical manifesto of domestic policies', Communist Party general secretary Robert Griffiths declared.

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The EU parliament's Resolution ‘On European Remembrance’ the role of British imperialism

The Communist Party of Britain expresses its deep concern at the Resolution ‘On European Remembrance’ passed by the EU parliament on 19 September 2019.

The resolution gives direct support to the repressive anti-socialist measures already in operation in Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, in EU Associate Member, Ukraine and which are in the process of introduction in Hungary.  These measures make the dissemination of Communist materials a criminal offence. In Poland the maximum prison sentence is currently being increased from three years to four.  In all cases the laws equate Communism and Nazism.

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