SOCIALIST WORKER sellers in Paisley decided to take the national statement in defence of asylum seekers to collect signatures outside Chivas Regal distillery last Thursday. 70 workers signed it, �23 was collected towards ensuring it appears as an advert in the national press, and 25 copies of Socialist Worker were sold. Further down the Clyde, during two days of campaigning in the build up to a 60-strong protest outside the jail where two Algerian refugees are imprisoned, 59 papers were sold.
Workplace sales of Socialist Worker continue to gather strength, with 27 papers sold at both Russell Hall Hospital in Dudley and Riverside House council offices in Greenwich, 6 at Ford Bridgend and 4 at EDO post office in east London. In Glasgow 12 papers were sold at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, 10 at Glacier Metals and 5 at Yarrow's shipyard, while in west London 15 papers were sold at Ealing town hall and 5 at Westbourne Park bus garage.
Despite the terrible bank holiday weather 100 copies of Socialist Worker were sold in Birmingham's High Street, 96 in Nottingham, 81 in Newcastle, 80 in Leeds and 40 in both Pontefract and Notting Hill. Manchester sales included 34 in Stockport, 30 in Eccles and 20 in Glossop. Newcastle sellers sold 22 papers door to door on the Benwell estate.
Over the last week 11 people joined the Socialist Workers Party at the central London rally to defend asylum seekers; 3 in Hastings; 2 in Birmingham; 1 in Greenock, Pontefract, Haywards Heath, Bristol, Bromley, Woolwich, Lewisham and on Sunday's Stonewall demonstration in central London.