Socialist Worker sellers across the country were out last weekend defending Ken Livingstone's right to stand for London mayor following Blair's stitch up. Labour's crisis boosted workplace sales, with 20 copies of Socialist Worker sold outside Riverside House council office in Greenwich, 15 at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary, 11 at Islington DLO and Britannia House tax office in Bradford, 10 at the BT central exchange in Bristol and the BT call centre in Sunderland, 9 at Glacier Metals in Glasgow and Remploy in Neath, 8 at De La Rue printers in High Wycombe, and 5 at both Sunderland and Gateshead civic centres. 50 papers were sold on the 200-strong UNISON demonstration in Birmingham.
The Saturday street sales included 135 papers sold in Birmingham High Street, 108 at Newcastle's Monument, 100 in Sheffield, 70 in Wood Green in north London, 56 in Woolwich in south east London, 50 in Peckham in south London, and 42 in Watford. In the last week 3 people joined the Socialist Workers Party in Thanet; 2 in York, Warwick University, Manchester, Bristol and on the Birmingham UNISON demonstration; 1 in Sheffield Hillsborough, Hallam University, Cardiff University, Neath, Cardiff Splott, Euston, Angel, Enfield, Glasgow, Edinburgh University, Nottingham and Liverpool. The crisis in the Labour Party means that there is a massive opportunity to boost sales of Socialist Worker.