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SWP conference 2009: debating the fightback in an age of slumps and war

Issue No. 2134

Democracy and debate - delegates voting at last weekend’s SWP conference (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Democracy and debate - delegates voting at last weekend’s SWP conference (Pic: Socialist Worker)


The Socialist Workers Party (SWP) held its annual conference last weekend in London.

The discussions were framed and focused by the global crisis of capitalism that erupted last year.

Saturday’s daytime agenda was postponed to allow delegates to attend the massive demonstration called by the Stop the War Coalition and others against Israel’s attack on the Palestinians in Gaza.

This was just one example of the fast changing nature of political events in the current period – and of the party’s determination to engage with them.

Conference nevertheless found time for over 500 delegates to engage in a robust debate about how the party intervenes in the world and how its internal structures should operate.

The conference also elected the SWP’s leading bodies, together with a special commission to examine party democracy.


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