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February 2016 Cumbernauld SSP Newsletter

In or Out ?



At some point before the end of 2017 there will be a UK wide referendum on whether to stay as part of the European Union or not.
A big business run and undemocratic institution, the EU has again shown it’s colours recently in Greece where it led the charge against the SYRIZA government to bully them into maintaining their economic orthodoxy of austerity.
However, leading the charge for withdrawal are the most reactionary sections of the City of London and Tory right wing who see withdrawal as a way to close up our borders and strip away any vestige of regulations that will limit the unhindered free market.

The question then is how should socialists vote in the referendum? That issue will be debated at our meeting on Thursday 11th February, in The Link Community Centre at 7.30pm.

Born in the USA


In November American’s will select their latest President. It is an election that once again highlights how sharply divided American society has become. Massive inequalities in wealth, racism and economic decline has polarised American politics even more.

On the one hand is the vile reactionary Donald Trump and on the other hand, as if out of nowhere, is the self proclaimed “democratic socialist Bernie Sanders. His campaign, that has highlighted issues like a living wage and corporate control of American politics, has shaken the consensus that unites most Democrats and Republicans that there is no alternative to the free market.

The US presidential elections will discussed at our meeting on Thursday 25th February, again in The Link at 7.30pm.

More details about the SSP can be found here           More details about RISE can be found here

For more information contact Kevin McVey on 07817 123917


Press Release from Cumbernauld SSP / RISE 

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Local HMRC PCS Branch – Public Meeting 4th February 19:00PM

Our local branch members are actively involved in the fight against the draconian cuts enforced in our area by the local council, and through trade unions, pressure groups and of course our local RISE circle. The SSP / RISE will of course be fully involved in this campaign, and with this in mind have agreed to support the meeting by helping to advertise an upcoming meeting through our social media channels. Please read the below statement from the Cumbernauld HMRC PCS branch, which contains details of the meeting on Thursday the 4th February in the Link Community Centre at 19:00 PM.

“PCS Cumbernauld Revenue Branch has agreed to organise a public meeting to join up the campaign to defend jobs, services and the local community in the Cumbernauld area. This was agreed at the previous meeting held in the new town hall at the end of November as a result of the site closure announcement of the Cumbernauld tax office.

PCS branch believes with a loss of approximately 1,500 jobs at the tax office by 2019/20 allied to an annual cull of thousands of council jobs at North Lanarkshire Council that it is time to unite our community in opposition to these decisions which will impact on this area for years to come. Therefore it is our belief that our community whether through campaign groups, trades unions, third sector organisations, small businesses and the like need to unite and challenge the devastation that will follow. Cumbernauld Town Centre and surrounding areas will deteriorate further as disposable cash will reduce. Services to children, the elderly and the vulnerable will worsen as council budget cuts bite further. Charities, third sector organisations and advice centres will be placed under further pressure to assist with meagre resources. Everyone in this area will suffer as result of these political decisions. UK government plans to centralise HMRC jobs not only diminish the quality of service but potentially risk further tax evasion and avoidance. North Lanarkshire Council plans of £45 million cuts to be voted on in early February will lead to over 1,000 jobs lost and the subsequent suffering will follow with people forced to make difficult choices on how to survive. The rise in food banks in Cumbernauld & Kilsyth is a disgrace. Enough is enough in the view of the PCS Cumbernauld Revenue Branch. It is our responsibility to defend our members, their families and the people of Cumbernauld and North Lanarkshire at large to challenge the predominate view that nothing can be done and this is inevitable. It is our view that this is the most important issue in Cumbernauld at this time and for the immediate future in what will happen to this community. We have witnessed the destruction of so many communities across the country over the past thirty years and do not wish this to happen here. Therefore the Public Meeting will be in the Link Community Centre, Room GP3 on Thursday 4th February at 7pm. Speakers will be from the PCS, UNISON and North Lanarkshire Fights Back group. We call on the local community to attend the meeting and join the start of this campaign to save our town and the surrounding areas.


John Miller, PCs Cumbernauld Branch Vice-President ”

More details about RISE can be found here

For more information contact Kevin McVey on 07817 123917

January 2016 Cumbernauld SSP Newsletter

Another Big Year?

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The beginning of a new year can be a time to look forward and plan for the future. The same applies for the SSP. We have to consider what 2016 will bring and again it has the potential to be a big year for our party in Scotland.

The year begins with the threat of cuts hanging over North Lanarkshire and councils across Scotland. 45 million pounds is to be cut, threatening over 1000 jobs. This is the reality of Tory austerity where our jobs and services are on the line. It is also the reality of SNP and Labour pointing the finger at one and other rather than living up to their anti-austerity rhetoric by building resistance to Westminster’s cuts. Resistance has to be built to these cuts and we will begin the year campaigning with others to protect jobs and services.

The year will continue towards May and the Scottish Parliamentary elections. The SSP is standing as part of RISE – Scotland’s Left Alliance, an alliance of left wing organisations and individuals that will be looking to maximise support for socialist policies in May.

RISE is standing candidates across the eight regions in Scotland, including Central Region that includes Cumbernauld and Kilsyth. SSP members are well represented on the lists and in Central local SSP member Kevin McVey tops the list. There is an alternative to austerity and that lies in building an opposition movement to the free market economics that creates it and we will be doing all we can this year, as in others, to build that socialist alternative.

Our meetings this month will make our plans for 2016. They will take part on Thursday 14th and 28th January in The Link at 7.30pm.

More details about RISE can be found here

For more information contact Kevin McVey on 07817 123917

Press Release from Cumbernauld SSP / RISE


RISE Slams Tax Closure 

RISE activists have slammed the proposed closure of Cumbernauld Tax Office claiming that it will have a devastating impact on the town. RISE activist and ex-tax office worker, Kevin McVey commented, “A whole generation of people have passed through the Tax Office which has offered employment to thousands of people in this area. For it to close as part of the Tories plan to destroy our public services would be a devastating blow, and alongside North Lanarkshire Council’s threat to slash jobs, raises serious concerns about job prospects in Cumbernauld. At a time when big corporations and the rich dodge their tax to the tune of billions, money should be invested into the Inland Revenue not taken out of it. The proposed cull of local tax offices across Scotland highlights where the priorities of this government lie which are to look after their rich pals rather the interests of our key public services.”

Cumbernauld Tax Office has been scheduled to close in 2020 as part of a programme that will see only two tax collecting centres in Scotland. RISE is calling for resistance to be built to the closure as part of defending the fabric of the area.

Mr McVey added, “This closure cannot be allowed to happen. Everyone in the town now has to stand with the workers and their Trade Unions in the office in any action they take to defend their jobs. Resistance has to be built to an austerity programme that is undermining millions of lives and ripping up the prospects for communities like ours. Unity is needed for everyone whose job is currently under threat and for everyone who faces the loss of the public services we rely on. This government can be defeated but it will take a united and determined campaign to do it.”

More details about RISE can be found here

For more information contact Kevin McVey on 07817 123917

Press Release from Cumbernauld SSP / RISE


RISE Against Cuts

Local members of RISE are calling on people to actively oppose the cuts proposed by North Lanarkshire Council.

Spokesperson Andy Locke commented, “North Lanarkshire Council’s intention is to cut a further £45.6 million from its budget for jobs and services over the next two years. This is on top of cuts to essential services of over £115 million we have had to suffer in the last 5 years. These cuts must be opposed. We all rely on council services like having our bins emptied, roads and street lights looked after, our nurseries, schools and libraries, our care of children, the elderly, and the vulnerable in our community. Let’s be clear, these cuts will affect us all, and in particular it will affect the already most disadvantaged in our society.”

RISE is claiming that if these cuts go through 1,400 jobs will be lost in North Lanarkshire. Mr Locke added, “1,400 households losing their income will have a dramatic impact on an already struggling local economy. Inevitably we will see the blame game being played with the Labour controlled council blaming the SNP Scottish Government who in turn will blame the UK Government. Instead all concerned about these cuts should be saying that enough is enough. If we are serious about refusing to accept austerity, we must stand together; workers, unions and communities joining forces to oppose these savage attacks. I ask you to contact your councillor, MSP and MP to let your opposition be known, and RISE will aim to work with others to resist these savage cuts that will once again tear at the fabric of our communities and the services we rely on.”

More details about RISE can be found here

For more information contact Kevin McVey on 07817 123917

Press Release from Cumbernauld Scottish Socialist Party


RISE To The Challenge

A recently formed left wing alliance will hold its founding meeting in Cumbernauld next week.

RISE is committed to building support for an independent Scotland based on a sustainable, socialist economy that will end the inequality of the free market. It was officially launched at a successful event in Glasgow last month.

Local spokesperson and RISE activist Liam Stevenson commented, “The success of RISE will come from the strength of our local groups who can be involved directly in the issues that affect our community. Similarly, as an organisation committed to building from the grassroots, it is our local members who will decide our campaigning priorities at a local level and who will help shape the overall direction that RISE will take.  You can be an active participant in developing a new and vibrant movement for social change in Scotland and I hope people will come along, have their say and play their part. Another Scotland is possible but it can only come through people actively striving to build it.”

The meeting is in Greenfaulds Community Centre at 7pm on Wednesday 23rd September and anyone interested is welcome to come along.

The Facebook page for the launch can be found here

More details about RISE can be found here

For more information: Jordan Daly 07919 886625, Kevin McVey 07817 123917, Liam Stevenson 07834 686846

September Cumbernauld SSP Newsletter




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.