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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Irish Communist Leader Speaks in Manchester on a People's Exit from the EU. Monday 19th June 2017

Eugene McCartan, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Ireland, will address a meeting organised by Greater Manchester Branch of the Communist Party of Britain at 6.30pm on Monday 19th June 2017 at the Friend's Meeting House in Manchester.

Like ourselves and Communists in countries across Europe, the CPI, (which organises on an all-Ireland basis) recognises the European Union as a reactionary obstacle to progress, in terms of defence against austerity, or a serious attempt to build our economies in the interests of the majority, including by ending and reversing privatisation and controlling the activities of the finance sector. It is also a an obstacle to popular and national sovereignty.

Like Cyprus, Portugal and Spain , the Irish Republic is also one of the areas of Europe that has been worst affected by the ravages of EU-imposed austerity.

This meeting is a must for anyone who is interested in how we now proceed to leave the EU on the basis of the interests of the people, not the bankers.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Communist urge solidarity against ‘barbarous’ Manchester attack.

Communist Party general secretary Robert Griffiths said today (May 23):
“Britain’s communists extend the hand of solidarity to all the families and friends of the young people cruelly targeted in the barbarous attack at the Manchester Arena.
No cause can justify the deliberate mass murder of ordinary people, whether in Manchester, Paris, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Israel or Yemen.

We salute the selfless efforts of the emergency services: the staff of the eight hospitals who have worked through the night and of the ambulance, fire and police services. Their courage and dedication puts to shame the hypocrisy of politicians who have been busy cutting public sector wages and services for the past seven years.

 We echo Mayor Andy Burnham’s unifying and working class response, calling on all parts of the local community to pull together. Last night, Mancunians did just that, opening their family homes to the injured and lost, with cab drivers ferrying concert goers away for free in their taxis.

It’s already clear that various highly publicised programmes to ‘counter terrorism’ are not working. A change of direction is needed with all parts of the community, including trade unions, actively engaged in bringing workers and their families together. Above all what’s required is a government which rebuilds communities, promotes jobs especially for the young, builds houses, funds education and pursues a foreign policy for peace, democratic rights and social progress in the Middle East in place of imperialist subversion and sectarian fundamentalism.

 In the coming days, Manchester communists will actively support public manifestations of solidarity which seek to unite Mancunians of all nationalities and of all religious faiths and none.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Commemorate Victory Day at Manchester Cenotaph Sunday 7th May

This coming Tuesday
marks the 72nd anniversary of the end of the war against fascism, referred to in Russia as the Great Patriotic War.

Manchester is twinned with the city of St Petersburg (then Leningrad), whose people, along with so many millions of other Soviet citizens, underwent incredible suffering following Hitler's assault on their country.

There will be a gathering at Manchester Cenotaph on Sunday 7th May at 1.30pm (for a 2pm start), including members of Manchester's Russian community, which will be an opportunity to commemorate the sacrifices of all those who gave their lives in the struggle against fascism, including those 20 million Soviet soldiers and other citizens, and those sailors from Britain and so many other nations who faced the horrors of the Arctic convoys to get vital supplies to the Soviet people.

It will be followed by a gathering in the Lord Mayor's Parlour at Manchester Town Hall.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Celebration of the Life of our Comrade John Hallsworth

Our valued friend and comrade, John Hallsworth passed away suddenly on 23rd April 2017.

For those who didn't know him, John was a leading member of the Greater Manchester branch of the Communist Party, and active supporter of the Morning Star and one of the people who ran the excellent Labour Club in Glossop.

Rather than simply mourning his untimely death, which of course we do, we are pleased to be able to announce that there will be a celebration of his life from 2pm onwards at Glossop Labour Club on Saturday 13th May 2017, organised by his family and his friends at the Labour Club.

Monday, 24 April 2017


Communist Party of Britain general secretary Robert Griffiths has released the following statement today (April 23), following an extended meeting of the party's Political Committee in London yesterday:

'The working class and peoples of England, Scotland and Wales face a stark choice on June 8: whether to vote for more austerity, privatisation, growing inequality, militarism and war; or to elect a left-led Labour government with policies to enhance our public services, invest in industry and housing, combat poverty, safeguard the environment, liberate the trade unions, promote social justice and pursue an independent foreign policy based on peace and international solidarity.
Theresa May and the Tories want a bigger Commons majority in order to force through a raft of policies opposed by many millions of people in Britain, including:

        Five more years of austerity and privatisation of the NHS and other public services.
        The reintroduction of grammar and therefore, in effect, of secondary modern schools.
        A new round of anti-trade union laws, aimed at workers in public transport, education and other important services.
        Renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system under US control, at a cost of more than £150bn.

In particular, May and her closest allies want to negotiate an agreement with the EU that would keep Britain in the European Single Market in all but name, which would mean no return of democratic control over trade, capital movements, public investment (including state aid for industry), procurement policy, agriculture or over the super-exploitation of migrant labour Almost certainly, too, Britain would have to pay an extortionate 'exit fee' and grant favourable access to EU citizens wishing to live or work here - concessions which would be opposed by at least some anti-EU Tory MPs.

The Tories also intend to delete any EU policies incorporated into British law that stand in the way of big business profits, expecially in such areas as employment rights, health and safety, consumer protection and environmental standards. Many of these policies are feeble, but better than nothing.

On the other side, Labour's policies in this election include more progressive taxation, state bank investment in public services, support for industry, an end to NHS privatisation, public ownership of the railways, community ownership of energy, an end to zero-hours contracts, the restoration of employment and trade union rights and building half a million new council houses. 

The Communist Party is in no doubt that this second option is the only one which serves the interests of workers and their families. Therefore our members will be campaigning for a Labour victory as the essential first step towards the formation of a left-led government at Westminster.

In every General Election since the formation of the CP in 1920, we have stood our own candidates, not least in 2015 when we fielded nine. Now, on this occasion, we will not contest any seats, although this does not signal any withdrawal from the electoral arena in the future.   

We call for a Labour vote in every constituency across Britain, despite the reactionary views of numerous Labour Party candidates. Communist Party organisations will approach local Labour Party bodies in their area with offers of practical campaigning assistance.

At the same time - and in the light of the EU referendum campaign - it is now clear that a vote for the LibDems, Greens, SNP and Plaid Cymru will be a vote for EU free-market fundamentalism and the EU's alignment with NATO. A vote for UKIP will be a vote for austerity, privatisation, tax cuts for the rich and big business and for a narrow, xenophobic nationalism that seeks to divide working people instead of uniting them.

In order to project our revolutionary strategy for socialism and a programme of clear, consistent policies for the labour movement, the Communist Party will also promote its own manifesto in this period of heightened political activity and consciousness.

In particular, we will continue to put the case for a progressive exit from the EU and its Single Market and for the policies that this then makes possible, including: 

        State-backed investment in housing, public services and renationalised utilities.
        Direction of private capital into depressed areas.
        Regulation of trade to support exports and protect strategic industries.
        Control over public procurement policy in order to favour equal pay and trade union rights including collective bargaining.
        Drastic reductions in VAT alongside higher taxes on the rich and big business.
        Legislative and trade union action to enforce equal terms and conditions for imported workers.
        Replacement of the corrupt, high price and wasteful Common Agricultural Policy by a system of direct production and investment grants. 

The Communist Party's manifesto will also ensure that the case is made for progressive federalism, a radical redistribution of wealth to the working class in all the nations and regions of Britain, abolition of the Trident nuclear weapons system and for Britain's withdrawal from NATO.   

The maximum possible Labour vote is necessary not only to secure the election of a Labour government. We also recognise that this election marks a further intensification of the left-right struggle within the labour movement and the Labour Party. The higher the Labour vote and the number of Labour MPs elected, the more secure will be the position of Jeremy Corbyn and his left allies in the Parliamentary Labour Party.

Any reverses for Labour will be used as a pretext by the right-wing pro-EU, pro-NATO faction in the Parliamentary Labour Party and its trade union allies to launch yet another bid to remove Jeremy Corbyn and take the Labour Party back to the neoliberal and pro-war policies of the past.

Thus the Communist Party says:

        Eject the Tories - elect a Labour government!
        Reject austerity, privatisation and imperialist war!
        Leave the EU Single Market and NATO!
        No to any free trade treaty with the EU that denies workers' rights and the       role of the public sector!
        Fight for social justice, public ownership and progressive taxation!'


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Come and discuss the left wing programme for government 7pm Monday 24th April 2017

Communists in Greater Manchester have made statements supporting Labour candidates in the Mayoral election and the Manchester Gorton by-election. And now Theresa May has called a General Election.

In Birmingham the CP is standing our own candidate in the mayoral election.

What is the Communist position on elections and government and how is this question central to our programme, Britain's Road to Socialism?

How does it relate to the struggle for working class power.

Venue- Friend's Meeting House Manchester M2 5NS