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European left greets Respect election victory

Issue No. 1950a

Fausto Bertinotti

Fausto Bertinotti

Representatives of the left in Europe sent congratulations to George Galloway after his triumph. We reprint the message sent by Fausto Bertinotti of Italy’s Rifondazione Comunista.

Dear George,

Your extraordinary victory is an encouragement for us to pursue our battle for peace. It also shows the need for a real left alternative in your country, as in all of Europe.

Yours also marks the victory of Respect as a political experiment — one that, as you know, we have always followed with huge interest due to its original combination of different political projects and the idea of a multicultural society.

The political earthquake that signals the decline of the Blair consensus to its lowest ever level reopens the prospect of an important role for parliament and for the badly needed changes to an electoral system that no longer truly represents the will of the British people.

We will still have many more battles to fight together for peace and for social justice.

Speaking also as the president of the European Left, I hope that your victory will be the start of another important victory for the left in Europe, that of saying “no” to the European constitutional treaty.

With a big hug!

Fausto Bertinotti
National secretary, Rifondazione Comunista

Jorge Duarte Costa of the Portuguese Left Bloc organisation also sent a solidarity message.

Dear Respect

Congratulations from the Portuguese Left Bloc. There is definitely a new left wing raising its voice in Britain.

Step forward comrades.

We follow you in solidarity.

Jorge Duarte Costa
Left Bloc, Portugal

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Sat 7 May 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1950a
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