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Socialist conferences debate where next for Scotland

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2427

Around 100 people attended the Solidarity party’s conference last weekend in Glasgow.

Party co-convenor Tommy Sheridan put his argument that people should vote for the Scottish National Party (SNP) in the general election and build a left challenge for the 2016 Scottish elections.

Arguments to not give the SNP a free run next year were popular, as was a mood of unity to see the wider left come together.

 It was agreed to hold a recall conference in February to vote on the party’s position. Options include Sheridan’s proposal, giving support to an alliance of Yes candidates, standing Solidarity candidates and continuing to pursue a united left challenge.

The Scottish Socialist Party also held its conference at the weekend. Some 150 people attended and agreed to contest the general election as part of a Yes alliance.

Two out of the three candidates for the SNP’s deputy leadership election also advocate this position. 

Though it is said this would require a constitutional change at its upcoming party conference next month.


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Tue 28 Oct 2014, 17:28 GMT
Issue No. 2427
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