Socialist Worker

Tommy Sheridan: Taking socialism to the people

by Tommy Sheridan MSP
Issue No. 2049

Tommy Sheridan MSP

Tommy Sheridan MSP

Last Wednesday George Galloway came to Scotland to back Solidarity, taking time out from Respect's council campaign in England to lend his support.

We spoke to four big public meetings on the day. It was standing room only at Solidarity's lunchtime meeting in Edinburgh.

Some 250 packed into St Augustine Church to hear George explain, 'Solidarity is the credible progressive party in Scotland and I ask the people of Scotland to support and vote for Solidarity candidates wherever they are standing on 3 May.'

We then travelled to Glasgow for two afternoon meetings. Around 250 students came to our Glasgow university meeting and we spoke to a local meeting of over 100 in Pollokshields.

The day ended with a fantastic meeting in Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall. Over 600 turned up to hear not just George and myself but also speakers from the Sunvic workers' strike, the PCS union and respected refugee and anti-war campaigner Mohammed Asif.

People say that the public meeting and the political rally are a thing of the past and that the public are not interested. The 1,200 that turned up to our four meetings shows that it isn't the case.

We are grateful for George Galloway's support and proud that the trade unionists and working class people who took part in the meetings have decided to vote Solidarity on Thursday.

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