“This is my first SWP conference and it has been inspiring. It has been good to see the democracy of the party in action. It’s also nice to hear that students are going to be at the centre of the party’s work.
“In my university we have held a successful meeting with George Galloway to help build Respect. Our challenge now is to recruit more students to the SWP.”
Sam Ross, Sheffield University
“I was very pleased to attend the conference on behalf of the Portuguese Left Bloc. The question of how we reshape and realign the left is very important for us.
“There are different processes taking place in different countries and we have a lot to learn from each other. We should share our experiences as we build an alternative to neo-liberalism.
“We are currently campaigning in the Portuguese presidential elections which take place on 22 January.”
Alda Sousa, Portuguese Left Bloc
“In my local college we felt isolated. But we broke out of that isolation by getting together the best people who had been with us at the G8 protests and anti-war demos.
“We got some books and copies of the paper and discussed the ideas. We also talked about and organised political activity.”
Dan Berry, Preston
“Even small initiatives at work can make a difference. When home office minister Hazel Blears visited my workplace we had loads of people wearing anti-war stickers.
“It really lifted our confidence that we don’t just have to do what management want. Three workmates then went to the International Peace Conference.”
Joe Cardwell, East London
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