England, Wales and Scotland section of International Socialist Alternative

Public meetings: Building a fighting resistance to Starmer

Socialist Alternative is organising a series of public meetings in cities around England, Wales and Scotland to discuss ‘what next after the general elections?’. How can we continue building the resistance to a pro-capitalist Starmer government and what sort of organisation do we need?

Fourteen years of Tory rule are finally coming to an end. What have those 14 years meant for working-class and young people? Austerity that devastated jobs and public services. Wages held down as prices skyrocket.

Reactionary culture wars that have whipped up hatred and division against refugees and trans people especially. British imperialism’s disgusting backing of the genocidal onslaught in Gaza. None of us will mourn the demise of this government.

The campaigns and movements that we’ve built over those years need to make their power felt in this election – but also afterwards. The need to organise against cuts, to strike for a real pay rise, to march against war and protest in solidarity with all those experiencing oppression here and internationally, will be just as strong on 5 July as it has been until now.

We know that Starmer does not represent anything fundamentally different. He will take office on the basis of no real trust or enthusiasm. He is committed to defending the interests of the capitalist system above all else – and that will always mean more poverty and suffering for ordinary people. We need to build a new left, anti-war party that can put forward the socialist policies needed to really change things.

The potential for such a party is already on display – we welcome Jeremy Corbyn’s decision to stand against Labour in Islington North, for example. In the local elections there were a number of important successes and votes for independent candidates standing on the basis of local campaigns or of opposing Labour’s backing of the genocidal attacks on Gaza. But these initiatives will be severely limited unless they link up with each other and with the battles on the streets and in the workplaces.

A mass conference to build the resistance should be organised for the summer to discuss where to take the next steps towards a new left party of struggle, drawing together trade unionists, students standing in solidarity with Palestinians, activists fighting to defend Corbyn’s seat, and all those desiring a mass left alternative to Starmer’s red Tories.

We must be preparing now to continue striking, protesting and organising against all pro-capitalist governments, their policies and their whole system.

Come to Socialist Alternative’s post-election public meetings to discuss how we do that, and get in touch with us to discuss joining Socialist Alternative, which will be at the forefront of the many struggles to come.


10 July, 19:15, Huddersfield Irish Centre, 86 Fitzwilliam St, Huddersfield HD1 5BB


10 July, 19:30, Secular Hall, 75 Humberstone Gate, Leicester LE1 1WB


8 July, 19:15, Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Rd, London N1 9DY


10 July, 19:00, Britons Protection, 50 Great Bridgewater St, Manchester M1 5LE


7 July, 16:00, Rochester. Contact chas.iskra@googlemail.com for more information


8 July, 19:00 DoES Liverpool, 68-76 Kempston Street, L3 8HL

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