CUMBERNAULD & KILSYTH SSP NEWSLETTER – SEPTEMBER 2015
RISE Scotland’s Left Alliance
Local SSP members were well represented at the launch of RISE, the alliance of the left in Scotland that is aiming to build towards the 2016 election in Scotland to ensure that an explicitly left wing programme can be put to the electorate in Scotland next year.
We have already been involved in helping to organise local meetings in the Cumbernauld and Kilsyth area and will be doing so again this month. RISE is aiming to be participative and build from the grassroots. The positive part SSP members can play in this process will be discussed at our meeting on Thursday September 10th in The Link, Cumbernauld at 7.30pm.
Can Labour Turn Lefty Again?
Within the next few days the result of the British Labour Party leadership campaign will be known. With a real possibility that the left wing MP Jeremy Corbyn will be elected, the question remains whether this will represent a shift to the left, particularly for Labour in Scotland who recently elected the very mainstream and pro-market Kezia Dugdale to lead them.
Corbyn rejects independence for Scotland but could his election see Labour step up its left wing rhetoric to rebuild support in Scotland or has that process gone too far for people to be so easily wooed back? Similarly, if Corbyn wins will there be any real shift in Labour or will the all powerful neo-liberals keep their grip on the party? Discuss these issues with us on Thursday 24th September, again in The Link at 7.30pm.
For more information contact Kevin McVey on 07817 123917.