There will be a national policy conference for the National Network of Socialist Alliances on Saturday 10 March. The meeting will decide the Socialist Alliance's election manifesto. All members of the National Network of Socialist Alliances are urged to attend.
11am-5pm Birmingham City Posthouse Hotel, Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham
Fran Choules was unanimously selected as Socialist Alliance candidate in Exeter at a meeting on Monday of last week. Fran was a member of the Labour Party until last year, and he is also an active trade unionist in the post office. The following day, a selection meeting in Watford chose Jon Berry, secretary of Hertfordshire National Union of Teachers, as the local Socialist Alliance candidate.
One member of the audience summed up the mood of the meeting, saying, 'I've never had the chance to vote socialist. My dad or grandad never had the chance to vote socialist. What you are doing in Watford is magnificent.' On the same evening 40 people attended a meeting of Brighton and Hove Socialist Alliance and selected former Labour Party member Andy Richards as their prospective parliamentary candidate for the Hove constituency.
Andy was in the Labour Party for some 20 years, and was a councillor in Hove. He is also chair of the Brighton and Hove local government UNISON union branch.
Merseyside Socialist Alliance rally: 7.30pm, Thursday 15 March, Gladstone Hotel, Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool. Speakers include: Ken Loach, Christine Blower, Mike Marqusee, Mark O'Brien, Cathy Wilson and Peter Glover.