The conference of Solidarity: Scotland’s Socialist Movement last Saturday gave a kick start to its campaign for the May elections to the Scottish parliament. Some 200 delegates met in Glasgow to plan strategy and decide the shape of its manifesto.
Even though its founding conference took place only four months ago, the party has matured and the atmosphere was positive and constructive.
The conference began with a powerful speech from Tommy Sheridan MSP, the convenor of Solidarity.
There followed a general discussion about the issues that will comprise the opening section of the manifesto, such as the war, poverty, the attack on public services, anti-racism and the fight for workers’ rights.
There was a minute’s silence in memory of two open cast miners who had been killed at work. Thousands of copies of a newpaper have been distributed, highlighting the work of Solidarity MSPs Tommy Sheridan and Rosemary Byrne.