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Issue No. 2184

Scottish independence

A motion on Scottish independence, proposed by the central committee, was overwhelmingly passed. This said that in the current situation the SWP would back a vote for separation in a referendum.

The party recognises the imperialist nature of the British state and has no interest in maintaining the UK.

However we reject the arguments that Scotland is an oppressed nation and that an independent Scotland would be more inclined to socialism. The Scottish National Party is not a force for liberation and follows neoliberal economic policies.

Central Committee

Delegates elected the leading bodies of the SWP—the central committee that runs the party on a day-to-day basis and the 50-strong national committee.

The members elected to the central committee were: Chris Bambery, Weyman Bennett, Michael Bradley, Alex Callinicos, Joseph Choonara, Hannah Dee, Charlie Kimber, Amy Leather, Dan Meyer, Judith Orr, Colin Smith and Martin Smith.


In the discussion period that leads up to conference the SWP constitution allows the formation of temporary factions by members who want to change party policy.

A faction called the Left Platform was formed on this basis. It announced that it would dissolve at the end of conference as the constitution requires.

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