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Around 50 people attended this year’s Yorkshire Socialist Party regional conference, held in Leeds on 2-3 February.

A trade unionist involved in the Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust strike introduced a report from that dispute. This inspirational struggle against pay cuts shows how workers are prepared to fight back against austerity.

In the session on Britain, London SP secretary Paula Mitchell highlighted the SP’s role in leading struggles against the cuts and offering a clear alternative to working class people.

Yorkshire organiser Iain Dalton outlined the key priorities of youth work, SP branch development and trade union work. Workshops on each of these themes examined how the party can build across the region through political education and branch activity.

The second day of the conference was introduced by Judy Beishon, CWI International Secretariat. Judy highlighted global turmoil and instability arising out of the crisis of capitalism, but also the potential for building mass revolutionary parties, as was demonstrated in South Africa. We held workshops on Greece, Israel/Palestine and South Africa.

The fighting fund appeal raised an excellent £607.

Michael Docherty, Harrogate Socialist Party

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