July 17, 2019

It’s no secret that in many areas, getting a GP appointment is becoming more and more difficult, with many doctors booked out for weeks in advance and lengthy queues each morning to get emergency appointments. A large part of this is down to the shocking number of local surgeries closing in the last few years,…

July 7, 2019

28th June 2019 signified 50 years since the Stonewall Riots that totally changed the LGBT rights movement. But what is Stonewall? What happened 50 years ago that made such a big impact? And why do we still talk about it today? What is Stonewall? In the early hours on the 28th June 1969 – a time where simply…

June 29, 2019

On Saturday 29th June, around 400 education workers, parents and supporters marched through Stourbridge to protest against the looming closure of the town’s college. Part of the Birmingham Metropolitan group of colleges, senior management hope to save just £2.5m a year by closing the college (out of a total £58.5m turnover). That’s despite having spent…

June 5, 2019

Benefit processing workers in Walsall and Wolverhampton have been leading the way in the fight back against Universal Credit. The second round of strike action by PCS members against understaffing, and the forcing of workers onto high pressured call centre roles picking up the pieces of an unworkable system. Socialist Party members were there on…

April 15, 2019

Over the last 10 years, over £220m has been cut from local services by Wolverhampton’s Labour council. This includes the axing of 2000 jobs – one third of the workforce – and all but one of the city’s youth centres closing. And despite the welcome anti-cuts stance taken nationally by Corbyn and McDonnell, Labour councils…

March 11, 2019

Despite only being part way through its introduction, the Tories’ Universal Credit has already become notorious for lengthy delays of several weeks experienced by people claiming it. The problems of a system designed to punish the poor have been compounded by a lack of staff being employed by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)…

February 24, 2019

On 22nd February, Ian Austin (Dudley North) became the latest MP to leave the Labour Party. Blaming leader Jeremy Corbyn for “creating a culture of extremism and intolerance”, he has since denied any plans to join the new anti-Brexit centrist Independent Group. In January, Austin was part of the three Labour MPs to vote for PM…

January 30, 2019

On Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th January, lecturers at City of Wolverhampton College, and 12 other further education colleges around the country took strike action for a living pay increase of 5%. Socialist Party members visited the picket line organised by the University and Colleges Union (UCU) at the Wellington Road campus to show solidarity…

January 20, 2019

One year on from the collapse of Wolverhampton based construction and outsourcing firm Carillion, and former senior managers, along with the accountants who covered up the extent of the company’s problems, are still laughing all the way to the bank. Meanwhile taxpayers are forced ot pick up the £150m plus tab resulting from Carillion’s insolvency,…

January 6, 2019

With the Tory government in Britain on the brink of tearing itself apart, the mass “yellow vests” uprising shaking French capitalism and winning concessions for the working class, and the prospect of a new economic crisis unfolding, 2019 looks to be an eventful year. Below we republish an article from the Socialist Party national website outlining…