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14.02.19 - Statement to the UK Embassy of Venezuela!

In light of the ongoing destabilisation of Venezuela by foreign powers seeking the overthrow of its lawful government, the Socialist Labour Party in the UK expresses its solidarity with the people of Venezuela in their struggle for national self determination

In contrast to the western narrative that Venezuela is 'failed' the truth is contained in the overwhelming support of the poorest, most needy sections of the population for the Bolivarian revolution

In return for the restoration of its privileges, the willingness of a wealthy section of Venezuelan society to sell Venezuela's national assets to foreign corporations is confirmation of the true nature of the unelected western supported 'opposition' which is neither democratic nor sovereign nor representative of the interests of Venezuela's people

While the complicity of the UK government in the plan to plunder Venezuela is to be expected, it is no less shameful placing Britain once again at odds with the principles of sovereign equality enshrined in the UN Charter and understood outside the West as the foundation of all human freedoms

National Executive Committee

'No War on Venezuela' statement HERE

10.01.19 - Labour: The Betrayal Goes On!

The Labour Party MPs and the Labour Party leaders who voted yesterday to oppose a 'NO DEAL' are guilty of betraying the British people and betraying comrades such as Tony Benn and Michael Foot who warned that membership of the EEC and later the European Union would destroy our economy and hand over our sovereignty to an unelected body

It would take decisions and adopt laws which are binding on all member states, and more important membership would bind Britain to an EU which has a constitution which commits all member states to a Capitalist system

I congratulate Ronnie Campbell (a mining MP) Graham Stringer and Kate Hoey who were the only three to keep the faith. The Labour Party leadership should lead the fight for a (NO DEAL) exit from this rotten bureaucratic EU

Arthur Scargill, Leader, Socialist Labour Party

HERE for Arthur's statement after the 'No Confidence' vote and response by TAKIS FOTOPOULOS

23.09.18 - Second Referendum: Scargill Condemns Betrayal!

The statement by the Labour Party Leadership that they would support a second referendum is an act of treachery for which they will never be forgiven.

The ruling class have used and will continue to use every means including a media which has sought to overturn the decision of the British people in the 2016 Referendum.

Tony Benn warned that membership of the European Union would mean that Britain would be governed by a Constitution which is committed to Capitalism.

The ruling class and the EU will demand another referendum and another until they get the result they want.

As a socialist I call for all those who call themselves socialists to condemn this act of treachery by the Labour Party Leaders and campaign for withdrawal from this bastion of Capitalism.

Arthur Scargill, Leader, Socialist Labour Party

HERE to read Arthur's statement on Labour's embrace of the customs union

20.05.18 - Korea for the Koreans!

Following the meeting on 27th April between KWP Chairman Kim Jong un and South Korean President Moon Jae in, Socialist Labour expresses its support for the peace process initiated by the two leaders.

Most Koreans on both sides of the de-militarised zone are opposed to the US military presence in the region which they see as an obstacle to the shared dream of re-unification.

If progress towards the goal of de-militarisation is to be made, negotiations must be driven by Koreans not by foreign powers pursuing 'global' objectives.

Given its ability and willingness to 'hit' any nation anywhere in the world, the Korean people are unlikely to realise their goal to live without the threat of war unless the US ideology of forced 'regime change' is overcome.

National Executive Committee

02.03.18 - No Customs Union! No Single Market!

Jeremy Corbyn and Keir Starmer ask how we protect jobs in Britain without being members of a customs union and a single market. The answer is simple.

Introduce import controls in the same way that the 1945 - 1951 Labour Government did, and ironically the same way as the United States is now doing. Import controls help build a manufacturing base which was 80% of Britain’s GDP. It worked then and it would work now to protect British jobs.

The implementation of import controls is a Socialist answer to anyone who is arguing for a Capitalist customs union or single European market.

Arthur Scargill

07.01.18 - Scargill at Eighty: NEC Sends Congratulations

Next Thursday, 11th January, marks the eightieth birthday of SLP Leader, and tireless advocate for the working classes, Arthur Scargill.

On this momentous occasion, the National Executive Committee of the SLP sends its warmest congratulations.

Speaking out still with devastating clarity on a range of issues, the powers of Arthur Scargill remain undiminished.

Thank you, Arthur, for your outstanding leadership, for your passion in the cause of social justice and for your courage in the face of hostile political power.

Long May it Continue!

National Executive Committee, Socialist Labour Party

19.10.17 - Scargill: Labour’s Shameful EU Betrayal

Britain should have left the European Union on Friday 24th June 2016. All that was required was to invoke Article 50 (1) in accordance with Britain's own constitution.

Immediately, Britain would have (a) ceased paying the £10 billion annual membership fee to the EU and (b) saved the £60 billion trade deficit Britain incurs each year.

I am appalled by Jeremy Corbyn's u turn on this fundamental issue. I together with Jeremy Corbyn and Tony Benn campaigned against Britain's membership of the EU and against every Treaty and Directive for over sixty years.

Get out of the EU NOW without any agreement with an unelected bureaucratic bunch of ‘blackmailers’.

Arthur Scargill, Leader, Socialist Labour Party

23.09.17 - Brexit: Scargill Calls on May to Resign!

Following the Prime Minister's announcement that the government will seek to maintain Britain's membership of the single market until 2021, SLP Leader Arthur Scargill says he believes the political establishment is preparing to betray the democratically expressed will of the British people. He called upon Mrs May to resign.

The full text of Arthur's statement:

'Theresa May’s announcement that the Government is prepared to keep Britain in the European Union for a further four years is a betrayal on a par with Chamberlain’s sell out to Hitler in 1938.

It is the ‘Will of the People’ expressed in 2016 to get out of the EU and back into the world which has been betrayed so shamelessly.

The Prime Minister’s announcement means that for at least another four years the UK is saddled with ‘Free Movement’, the Customs Union, Single Market and continuing political control exercised by an unelected body in Brussels.

The British people voted against continuing to pay £10 billion a year to the EU and maintaining a trade deficit of £60 billion.

May should resign. The British People will never forgive an act of such treachery'.

Arthur Scargill, Leader, Socialist Labour Party

07.08.17 - Socialists Must Defend Venezuela Says Scargill

Arthur Scargill today condemned 'left' politicians and activists whom he says criticise Venezuela's government while they should be condemning the war being waged against the country by foreign powers.

'Unlike Social Democratic leaders I support President Nicolas Maduro and the United Socialist Party as it struggles against forces supported by the USA and the CIA'.

The Socialist Labour Party Leader went on to say that those who have been trying for many years to overturn the USPs elected mandate are the 'same anti-democratic forces which overthrew Allende in Chile and murdered thousands'.

'All socialists' he said should support and defend the sovereign identity of Venezuela.

27.03.17 - There is No Impediment to Immediate Withdrawal from the EU Says Scargill. VIDEO in two parts

Two days before Prime Minister, Theresa May, is due to trigger article 50, Socialist Labour Leader, Arthur Scargill, told an audience in Cardiff that nothing is necessary for Britain to withdraw from the EU beyond a letter of notice.

Speaking at the city's Sandringham Hotel, the former miners leader blamed a 'capitalist globalisation programme' which he said began in 1948 with the Marshall Plan, for inflicting destruction upon our industries and commerce which is 'almost on a par with the destruction that took place across Europe in the Second World War'. The price of the 'free movement' enshrined in the 2008 Lisbon Treaty was, he said, the contracting out of labour to drive down wages. The so called free market is nothing to do with the rights of refugees, asylum seekers and other settlers which he insisted can only be protected by governments.

Mr Scargill criticised Sinn Fein and 'others in the labour movement' who had opposed each of the treaties designed to override the sovereignty of governments, for 'changing their positions'. In light of the powerful promotion of the European state for decades, Mr Scargill suggested their belated support for the EU was a matter of political expediency.

Under article 51, Mr Scargill said that any EU member state can trigger article 50 'in accordance with its own constitution'. Since Britain has no written constitution, there are no conditions which the EU is entitled to set in any process of withdrawal.

24.06.16 - Socialist Labour Party welcomes Britain's vote to leave the EU. It will strengthen the struggle for a better world

Socialists have good cause to celebrate the British people's decision to come out of the European Union and get back into the world. The Socialist Labour Party's policy and reasons for leaving the European Union – very different from those of Tories or of UKIP – have been vindicated by the outcome of the Referendum.

The SLP has always recognised the EU as an engine of free-market globalised capitalism. Membership of the EU has inflicted horrendous economic, social and political damage to all working people trapped within it. As for Britain, 90% of our manufacturing and key industries have been wiped out with our health, education and welfare provision steadily wiped out. We see the damage everywhere around us in the need for food banks and campaigns to protect homeless families and hundreds of individuals sleeping rough, whilst high-cost sky-scrapers shoot up to house billionaires and blight our cities.

The decision by the British people to 'come out' of the unelected and unaccountable bastion of the European Union allows us to renew the fight to restore all the industries and services privatised by Tory and Labour Governments to public ownership – but this time we must campaign for true common and social ownership and control: in our badly damaged National Health Service; our social services including care for our elderly and children; in our education system; and we must demand the restoration of council housing, owned and controlled by local authorities.

The vote to leave the European Union is a challenge to Britain's trade union leaders to reflect the views of their members on issues such the abolition of Trident and opposition to nuclear power and fracking, alongside job protection, wages, zero-hours contracts, agency working and privatisation. The Socialist Labour Party has consistently pointed out that EU membership has eroded – not protected – workers' rights.

European Union directives and European Court of Justice decisions have robbed us of hard-won free collective bargaining, the right to strike, and attacked our pension rights. We must now all join a fight to overturn these injustices – and Britain's trade unions must give a lead in recovering the rights our forebears fought hard to achieve.

The Socialist Labour Party has consistently made clear the fundamental difference between immigration and people seeking asylum, on the one hand, and the massive inflow of 'migrant labour' from EU countries under the 'free movement of labour'. Both before and after the Lisbon Treaty in 2009 the number of immigrants/asylum-seekers entering Britain averaged 250,000 a year whilst the number of people emigrating from Britain averaged 350,000 a year.

On the other hand, in 2014/2015 whilst official figures recorded the numbers of 'migrant workers' entering Britain from EU countries as 480,000, during that same period the Government issued 1,222,000 National Insurance numbers – to migrant workers. This clearly shows that over 1.2 million EU 'migrant workers' entered Britain in 2014/2015.

The massive increase in the numbers entering Britain are a direct result of the European Union's central policy of free movement of labour and capital – in other words, a free-market philosophy. The free movement of capital has seen the destruction of key industries such as our automotive industry and heavy and light engineering, whilst all our key utilities such as electricity, gas and water are owned privately by foreign companies (not to mention the sell-off of our railways!). Our coal and steel industries have been or are being eliminated – yet Britain is importing – at an enormous cost - both steel and coal, produced elsewhere through subsidies and/or by slave (including child) labour.

The Socialist Labour Party has always argued that Britain's economy will thrive when it leaves the European Union and gets 'back into the world'. EU membership has left us with a trade deficit of between £60 and £100 billion each year, whilst trade with countries outside the EU has led to a trade surplus of between £30 and £50 billion per year.

We should extend our trading arrangements not only with the 53 Commonwealth countries but with the 100 plus other countries outside the European Union while maintaining trade on a fair basis - not a free-market basis - with the 27 countries inside the EU.

In the Referendum campaign we have witnessed the majority of Tory MPs desperate to remain within the European Union monolith, which is incidentally on the brink of settling an iniquitous free trade agreement – TTIP – with the United States. The Referendum campaign has exposed the collaborationist philosophy of the Labour Party with a majority of its Members of Parliament and its Leader shown to be completely out of touch with the problems facing their constituents.

Statements by Jeremy Corbyn (long admired as a Socialist campaigner/politician) that he is now in favour of a 'mixed economy' show an abandonment of principle and a betrayal of those Socialists who gave birth to the Labour Party in 1918. It is beyond dispute that the present day Labour Party and its Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, are pursuing the same collaborationist policies as other social democratic parties in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Greece.

The result of the Referendum and the Socialist Labour Party's campaigning should persuade people to join our party and its fight for a Socialist future, for our children and our grand-children.

Arthur Scargill

Leader, Socialist Labour Party

Click HERE to read West Midlands SLP anti EU essay 'Lexit: Supporting a Socialist Future'

01.04.16 - Vote No to EU Says Scargill: The Socialist Case for Leaving