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Issue: 2623

Dated: 25 Sep 2018

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Labour remains divided over second Brexit referendum

Delegates at the Labour conference were set to vote on a motion that edges the party closer to supporting a second Brexit referendum on Tuesday.

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Defiance and solidarity after attack at Islamic centre

Hundreds of people came together in Cricklewood, north west London, on Wednesday night after an attack on worshippers

Train lines are in chaos—but Tory Chris Grayling wants more privatisation

The chaos of rail privatisation has been laid bare

Anger forces Tory council to back down from threat to Grenfell estate residents—again

A storm of anger has forced Kensington and Chelsea council to back down from their latest attack on people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire

Jeremy Corbyn rally draws thousands on eve of Labour Party conference

Huge crowds turned out in Liverpool on Saturday evening to welcome Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to the city.

How can Labour win and can it change society?

Debates at The World Transformed event around the Labour Party conference posed important questions, but the answers weren't always convincing

Labour divided over justice for Palestine

A solidarity meeting said anti-Zionism is not antisemitism, but elsewhere MPs lined up to attack Jeremy Corbyn and call for expulsions of more Labour members.

As the Infected Blood Inquiry begins - campaigners call for truth and justice

An inquiry into the infected blood scandal began on Monday. Thousands of people were infected with HIV and Hepatitis C after being given contaminated blood during the late 1970s and 1980s. More than 2,800 have died.

Trade unions vote down democratic changes at Labour Party conference

A debate over party rules at Labour’s annual conference on Sunday saw ordinary party members hammer MPs—and clash with trade union leaders.

Labour conference fringe meeting sets out challenges for anti-racists

Labour Party members debated the rise of racism and fascism—and what sort of movement can challenge it—at a Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) meeting on Monday.

Anti-racists get organised to take on the right on the streets

Supporters of Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) have been organising against racism and the threat of the far right across Britain.

Tommy Robinson is a fascist threat - join the anti-racist mobilisations

Anti-racists were set to protest at the retrial of Nazi figurehead Tommy Robinson in London on Thursday this week.

Bigots, alt-right bloggers and vicious Islamophobes at Ukip conference

The annual Ukip conference in Birmingham saw an organisation of bitter, paranoid ultra-conservatives trying to revive their fortunes by moving yet further to the right.

Report puts migrants at risk, but smashes racist myths

A Tory-commissioned report into immigration is a huge threat to European Union (EU) migrants.

The things they say

‘My strategy is to litter my career with so many decoy mistakes, nobody knows which one to attack’

Birmingham care strikers demand answers from Labour

Birmingham care workers kicked off their latest five-day strike ths week by lobbying the Labour Party conference.

Strikes keep up pressure against NHS outsourcing

Health workers across Kent began a five-day strike against a dangerous new form of privatisation on Monday.

Reports round-up - one thousand join protest at Faslane nuclear base

Around 1,000 people protested at the Faslane nuclear base in Scotland last weekend against Trident missiles. Campaigners demanded, “Nae Nukes Anywhere”

Labour conference round up: Universal Credit fudge sparks anger

Disability campaigners are angry at Labour’s failure to pledge to scrap the hated Universal Credit (UC) benefit.

The right are not making Progress as they rail against the left at Labour conference

Everyone was anxious about something or other at the Labour right’s conference rally in Liverpool on Monday night.

A pay campaign that can win

UCU union members in 110 Universities and 147 colleges are being balloted over pay in England and Wales. The ballot was launched three weeks ago and closes on 19 October.

Labour delegates show solidarity with Palestine

Delegates to Labour Party conference sent a resounding message of solidarity to Palestinians on Tuesday.


Hundreds of Tanzanians perish in overfilled boat catastrophe

The deaths of 224 people in east Africa were caused by unscrupulous ferry operators and extreme poverty, argues Charlie Kimber

Thousands of Nazis march as racists carry out violent attacks on migrants

The battle against the far right continued last weekend as


Go beyond the false ‘choices’ over Brexit

The Daily Express newspaper declared it was Theresa May’s “finest hour” as she defended her Chequers deal on Brexit last weekend.


Islamophobia, Free Speech and Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses

Hassan Mahamdallie looks at what was behind the anger at Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses, and how a new form of racism flourished in its wake

Socialist Worker’s 1989 interview with Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses

This was the last interview Salman Rushdie gave before he went into hiding. We re-publish it as an important document from the time


Playwright David Edgar—can the left turn the tide against the right?

Was a rightward shift was inevitable for the generation that rose up against the Vietnam War?

Shakespearean roles turned on head in Queen Margaret

Gender roles and how they shape society are explored in an innovative new play set in the world of William Shakespeare’s plays, says Pat Clinton

The Captain film points a finger at trappings of authority

It’s two weeks before the end of the Second World War and the German army is disintegrating.

Reviews round-up: The Burning Tower

Burning Tower makes a case for investment in social housing.

What We Think

After John McDonnell’s pledges - how do we get real workers’ democracy?

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has enraged the Tories and the right wing press by announcing plans to nationalise the water industry, rail and other utilities.

Andrew Murray is right - the spooks and the state are trying to undermine Corbyn

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson tried to belittle claims that the spooks were out to undermine Jeremy Corbyn as a “bit John le Carre”.

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Norah Rushton, 1929-2018

It is with deep sadness that we have to inform comrades of the death of Norah Rushton.

LETTERS—Standing with Palestinians in Manchester and Bristol

Socialist Worker Student Societies (SWSS) were at freshers fairs at the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University last week.

The Troublemaker - Tories in a U-turn over conference hologram

It would have at least woken up those who were nodding off at the back. But Jeremy Wright, the culture secretary, has axed plans to give his speech to the Tory conference as a hologram.

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