Monthly Archives: May 2015

Press Release from Cumbernauld Scottish Socialist Party

What Warm Welcome ?

Local members of the Scottish Socialist Party have described a far right group’s claim of a warm welcome in Cumbernauld as being “ludicrous”.

A recent visit by Britain First to the town saw them being met by a demonstration that made it clear that their racist message was not welcome in the town. Local party member Kevin McVey commented, “Britain First is known for making outlandish claims about its own importance and last week’s comments seem to fall into that category. The truth was that when they arrived they were met by a large group of protestors who wanted to make it clear that their poisonous message was not welcome in our communities. They hung about for half an hour, giving their obligatory Nazi salutes, before departing. Meanwhile some of their colleagues huddled in a pub elsewhere in the town. Any idea that they were somehow warmly received is ludicrous. We need unity to stand up against austerity in our communities and groups like this who seek to sow division and hate will be opposed by all but a tiny minority.”

The party is also concerned that the group met in a local pub and is seeking clarification about how this happened. Mr McVey added, “We will be contacting the Condorrat Arms to clarify the circumstances about the meeting Britain First had in the pub. We wish to know if it was a pre-booked event because if it was, it raises serious questions about how a far right hate group is given access to a pub that is described as being family friendly.  As a resident of Condorrat I am extremely uncomfortable about the idea that local people could go into the pub and land amongst a group of people who promote hate and intolerance of people because of their race, religion or sexuality. Understandably this has caused some concern and should not be repeated.”

For more information: Kevin McVey 07817123917

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May 2015 Cumbernauld SSP Newsletter

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Turning Yellow ??

It was a night of mixed emotions – laughing as the Labour big wigs lost what they assumed as their birth right, sobbing at the thought of another five years of the Tories and wondering how much would really change in Scotland under a party that didn’t spell out what Scotland it would be strong for – the Duke of Buccleuch, Brian Soutar or the millions looking for a challenge to the dismal austerity agenda of the Tories.

Now is the time for reflection, on how a mass campaign and actions in our communities and workplaces can challenge a system that continues to demand that the poor pay the price for the recklessness of the rich. Our post election discussion will take place on Thursday 14th May, in The Link at 7.30pm.

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Let’s Have A Debate!

The SSP is proud to be a party that organises from its membership up, where debate and decisions are in the hands of everyone who joins.

Our Annual Conference, which takes place on Saturday 23rd May in the Augustine United Church, Edinburgh at 1pm, will cover a wide range of topics including how to mount a socialist challenge in the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections and building resistance to austerity. All members are welcome so get in touch if you would like to come along.

We will discuss how our conference went and the decisions it made at our meeting on Thursday 28th May. Again in The Link at 7.30pm.

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For more information contact Kevin McVey on 07817 123917.