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  • Writer's pictureMichael Laxer

British Communists launch campaign, call for vote against Labour Shadow Cabinet

Britain's Communist Party has launched its election campaign based around 12 priorities and calling on "all socialists and progressive-minded people not to vote for any member of Labour's Shadow Cabinet".

Palestine: Solidarity with the Palestinian people — stop funding and arming Israel’s genocide, prosecute the war criminals and recognise the Palestinian State.

Austerity: End austerity and properly fund local and national public services by taxing the rich and big business.

The NHS: End the creeping privatisation of our NHS and properly fund it with massive investment across Britain.

Public ownership: Take the railways, Royal Mail, water and energy sectors into public ownership and democratic control — without compensation for the privateers.

Jobs and industry: create quality and high-paying jobs and apprenticeships across Britain by rebuilding productive industry.

Women’s rights: Give women full protection of the law against domestic violence and misogyny. Pension justice for WASPI women. Protect women’s sex-based rights. Equal pay for every type of work. Rights to socialised childcare and full employment rights for women from day one at work.

Migration and anti-racism: Bring workers together at work and in communities. No scapegoating of refugees or migrant workers. For an anti-racist immigration and nationality law. Oppose right-wing racism and fascism. Combat anti-semitism and Islamophobia.

Housing: Begin a mass campaign of council house building and introduce immediate controls on rent.

Democracy: Abolish the House of Lords and reverse Tory and Labour attacks on our democratic rights, civil liberties and trade union rights.

Progressive federalism: devolve new powers to the Scottish and Welsh Parliaments and create regional assemblies for England to intervene for working people, jobs and public services.

Peace: An independent foreign policy for peace. Withdraw from Nato. Demand peace in Ukraine. End the new cold war against China and get rid of nuclear weapons.

The environment: A new green industrial revolution to fight climate change.

Saying that there is "an alternative to Sunak and Starmer. There is an alternative to capitalism" the party "will be fielding candidates across Britain and is fighting to build a mass movement against austerity and war and to build the struggle for socialism.

We will be bringing popular, socialist, revolutionary and anti-imperialist politics to as many working people and young people as possible in the weeks ahead."

In addition, the party is saying that voters should not back any member of Labour's Shadow Cabinet.

"This the clearest, most consistent way to show our opposition to Labour's sharp turn to the right under Keir Starmer's direction, for which all Shadow Cabinet members must bear collective responsibility" CP general secretary Robert Griffiths declared following a meeting of his party's Political Committee on May 28.

According to a party statement pointing "to Starmer's broken pledges on green investment, public ownership, social benefits, public schools, tuition fees, arms exports and taxing the rich and big business, Mr. Griffiths said it came as no surprise that millions of working-class electors have not been "rushing to the polls" in recent local council and parliamentary elections despite mass opposition to the Tory government."

"Many see no big difference between Labour and Tory policies".

He did however note that a "united front based on the trades unions and popular campaigning to challenge a pro-big business Labour government, would be a more advanced political situation than a defeated labour movement having to face a Tory regime that totters on the edge of insanity".



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