Economy

'General election and Labour victory now urgent' say Communists

The labour movement must unite on a credible, principled basis if it is not to throw away the prospect of winning a Labour government, Britain's Communists have warned.

Carol Stavris told the Communist Party's political committee on Wednesday evening (June 5) that powerful forces in British society were determined to prevent the election of a left government led by Jeremy Corbyn.

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Communists attack 'bogus budget' Chancellor

'Chancellor Hammond presented a bogus budget for a bogus Brexit and a bogus end to austerity', Robert Griffiths told the Communist Party's Political Committee on Wednesday evening (October 31).

'His budget sought to browbeat and bribe Eurosceptic Tory and pro-EU Labour MPs into supporting the Cabinet's proposed bogus Brexit deal - or else he would bring in an emergency austerity budget. At the same time, he was indicating to the public that if the Commons votes down any such deal, the Tories would fight an early General Election as a cuddly pro-NHS, anti-austerity party - possibly under his leadership', Mr Griffiths explained.

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Full Brexit vital for industry and public services, Communists say

Only a full Brexit will create the conditions for the rapid regeneration and renewal of industry, infrastructure and public services, the Communist Party insisted at the weekend.

Alex Gordon reminded the party's executive committee of Jeremy Corbyn's speech in Coventry in February last year, when the Labour leader had warned that EU treaties and directives would block his party's policies to provide state aid to cutting-edge industry, extend public ownership, outlaw the super-exploitation of imported agency labour, reform public sector procurement rules and put an end to outsourcing and privatisation.

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An 'austerity today, jam tomorrow' budget

It's a 'jam tomorrow' budget from Chancellor Philip Hammond and is unlikely to fool millions of people who are struggling to get by. They see and experience local services continuing to deteriorate, whether it's longer waiting times in the NHS, cancelled operations, the closure of facilities for the elderly and young people, school requests for parental donations, the extinguishing of street lights at night or the disappearance of community police officers.

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