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Socialist Labour Party Wins Over Hartlepool Councillors.

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Proud and Patriotic Socialist Labour Party on ‘Brexit Day’.

The Socialist Labour Party, founder Arthur Scargill, still exists (thanks to Steve and for more information, John).

In the news today,

SLP Welcomes Hartlepool Councillors

We are delighted to announce that Hartlepool borough councillors, Allan Barclay and Sandra Belcher, have joined Socialist Labour. On behalf of the SLP they will contest the local elections on 2nd May

With many years of service to the people of the town, Councillor Belcher who represents Jesmond Ward and Councillor Barclay who represents Manor House ward will carry the flag for Socialist Labour in Hartlepool

All our members, supporters and voters we feel sure will join us in congratulating our councillors who have declared their support for our policies. We wish them every success on 2nd May

STOP PRESS Since the local elections FOUR more Hartlepool councillors have quit Labour and joined the SLP.

The Hartlepool Mail reported on Thursday.

The leader of Hartlepool Council Christopher Akers-Belcher has tonight resigned from the Labour Party, as have Marjorie James and Ann Marshall.

Councillor Akers-Belcher told the Mail his decision came on the back of what he says has been a lack of action by the party over complaints about “ongoing bullying, harassment, racism and anti-Semitism” which he submitted in August and then again in October.

He said he had told senior officers within the party he did not intend to lead for another term, but that conflict between them continued, and that his predicted fall in support for the party across the Tees Valley has been realised because of the issues.

The resignations by Coun Akers-Belcher and Coun Marshall, who both represent the Foggy Furze wards, and Coun James, who is a ward member for Manor House, follow in the footsteps of others, who have left to join the Socialist Labour Party.

They include Coun Stephen Akers-Belcher, who was initially suspended from Labour before he resigned and is Coun Christopher Akers-Belcher’s husband, Allan Barclay, who lost his seat in last week’s local election after standing for the Socialist Labour Party, and Coun Sandra Belcher, Coun Stephen Akers-Belcher’s mother.

On Brexit they  they have published this, (April).

The British people and Socialists voted to leave this bastion of Capitalism which is based on a Customs Union, a Single Market and Free Movement of Workers and Capital.

So far Britain’s membership of the EU has cost British workers jobs, an annual deficit in trade with the EU of over £85 billion, an annual membership fee of £25 billion plus being ruled be
unelected bureaucrats in Brussels.

In the name of all those who fought for freedom, I call for a ‘No Deal’ exit from the evil European Union.

Arthur Scargill Leader, Socialist Labour Party 3rd April 2019

Here is their call for a Boycott of the European Elections.

Boycott EU Elections Says Scargill

The Socialist Labour Party has repeatedly made clear it will not stand any candidates in the European elections or support any party, organisation or individual standing in these elections.

Participation in these elections is in breach of the democratic vote of the British people in 2016. The SLP’s position was clear long before that of the Communist Party of Britain and/or the Morning Star, or any other body or individual still confused.

The SLP also urges that as many Party members as possible should stand in local authority elections, thereby conveying our message on not only a local but national and international basis to voters within those boundaries.

We will never have a fair, democratic electoral system in the United Kingdom until we introduce a system based on proportional representation: a principle which was a cornerstone of the Labour Representation Committee in 1900. The French government has just conceded it will introduce democratic proportional representation for all elections, and the UK must be  pressured to do the same.

Arthur Scargill Leader, Socialist Labour Party 26th of April.



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  1. I’d suggest that when Arthur has time in his life to look at his new councillors, he does a bit of digging. As someone close enough to Hartlepool to see it shimmering like a silver mirage across Tees Bay, I think he’ll find, with one exception (Yes, I’m talking you here Marjorie – what are you doing with these numpties ?) these people are the kind of Labour Councillor normally marked down for future attention by the local LCF, regardless of the political divide.

    David Walsh

    May 13, 2019 at 7:46 am

  2. It is truly wonderful news that that the Trotskyite Democratic Liberation Front of South Hartlepool is building socialism! *I am certain of the victory of the Fourth International! Go Forward!*

    Billy Corr

    May 13, 2019 at 12:51 pm

  3. We haven’t had anything this extreme in London but during the 80’s in Tower Hamlets a number of Militant members were Labour Councillors. Two stand out in particular. Paddy Little and Phil Maxwell. Sue Carlisle was a member of Sean Matgammna’s lot whatever they were called. Between them all they were so destructive that for several years a coalition of old Labour and the Liberals ran the borough. People were more interested in clean streets that nuclear free zones. Eventually they all disappeared without trace.

    Dave Roberts

    May 13, 2019 at 7:15 pm

  4. Ah, yes! Happy days when London councils joyously proclaimed *Nuclear Free Zones* but never thought of proclaiming *Litter Free Zones* or *Graffiti Free Zones* or even *Mugging Free Zones*. It must have been an oversight.

    Billy Corr

    May 14, 2019 at 12:58 pm

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