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Still time to book for Respect conference

Ghada Razuki from the Respect national office spoke to Socialist Worker about the preparations for next week’s Respect conference.

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We anticipate there will be around 300 to 350 delegates, who are elected on the basis of one for every ten Respect members locally.

There will also be a large number of observers. Those who want to attend as observers should just contact us at the national office, but as space is limited it will be on a first come, first served basis.

There has been a real buzz of excitement at the local Respect meetings that have elected their delegates and sent forward motions.

We’ve received over 50 resolutions for the conference. They range from the war on Iraq to ASBOs, affordable housing, education, the defence of asylum seekers and beyond.

We will be discussing issues that the mainstream parties want to brush under the carpet.

The make-up of the conference will be very different from the grey ranks that fill meetings of the mainstream parties.

For example the delegation from Hartlepool, where Respect recently fought a by-election campaign, is made up of people who joined very recently, local trade unionists and campaigners, women and Asian people.

The conference will reflect the great mix that makes up British society, the anti-war movement and Respect itself.

It is also going to be a springboard for our campaign in the run-up to next May’s expected general election.

We will be deciding our general election strategy as well and our policies and priorities.

The conference already promises to be a further stride forward for an organisation that is still only nine months old.

The Respect conference will take place on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 October at the Camden Centre, Euston Road, London (King’s Cross tube).

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Sat 23 Oct 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1924
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