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  Scottish Socialist Party - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Delegates to the SSP conference voted on February 13, 2005 and Fox was elected with 252 votes to McCombes' 154; 9 delegates abstained and 1 ballot paper was spoilt.
As a result of his lawsuit (Sheridan v News International), the minutes of the SSP executive meeting held in November 2004 in which the party executive decided, unanimously, to ask for his resignation because of the way he sought to handle the case, were subpoenad by the newspaper.
The party (unlike most others) allows for the organisation of internal factions (which it describes as platforms), the intention is to ensure that socialists can work together on the issues on which they agree, however to respect the opinions of other socialists on the issues on which there is dispute.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Scottish_Socialist_Party   (1780 words)

 Scottish Republican Socialist Party - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Scottish Republican Socialist Party (SRSP) was a political party operating in Scotland.
They were formed out of the Scottish Republican Socialist Clubs, formed in 1973 to introduce socialism to the Scottish National Party (SNP) and grow support for Scottish independence amongst left-wingers who supported the retention of the Union with the rest of the United Kingdom.
In 1998, the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) was formed and the SRSP narrowly decided to join them, and reformed as a cross-party movement called the Scottish Republican Socialist Movement.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Scottish_Republican_Socialist_Party   (334 words)

 Militant Tendency - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Many Labour figures saw the Militant tendency as a primary reason for their "loony left" image, as portrayed by the right-wing press, although most of the councils attacked as 'loony' were in fact influenced by the soft-left ideas of Tribune.
Soon afterward a majority of Scottish Militant Labour formed the Scottish Socialist Party with a number of other groups and broke with the majority of the former Militant in England and Wales, with only a small minority in Scotland remaining.
This Party was involved in the formation of the now defunct Socialist Alliance but left it again in December 2001, stating that it was no longer an open coalition of Left forces, but controlled by the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), who they believed would eventually abandon it.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Militant_Tendency   (1317 words)

 Scottish Socialist Party leader jailed
Alan McCombes, policy coordinator for the Scottish Socialist Party, was imprisoned May 26 for 12 days after refusing to surrender the minutes of a party leadership meeting to the Court of Session in Edinburgh.
The newspaper is the subject of a libel action brought by Tommy Sheridan, an MSP for the Scottish Socialist Party in Glasgow and a former party convenor, over stories alleging that he had extra-marital affairs.
Four officers of the SSP were called on to hand over the minutes, but McCombes told the court that he had the only copy and was not prepared to surrender it.
www.wsws.org /articles/2006/may2006/ssp-m29.shtml   (1005 words)

 Scottish Socialist Party
The SSP has a well-earned reputation as the party that stands up for ordinary people, whether it be offering solidarity to striking workers, campaigning against the injustice of the Council Tax or taking to the streets in opposition to Blair's illegal war on Iraq.
The SSP is proud to be a party rooted in the working class, with powerful and growing influence in the organised trade unions as well as in the communities where working people live.
The SSP is a broad, inclusive party encompassing all shades and hues of socialism in Scotland.
www.scottishsocialistparty.org /man2005/Manifesto.html   (20451 words)

 Crisis in the SSP | The Socialist 1 - 7 June 2006
Alongside the public refusal of fellow MSPs and leading party members to back the libel action, confirmed by a recent EC motion that was made public, this gave the News of the World the green light to ask to see the documents.
SSP members from the Glasgow Cardonald branch who had passed a motion calling on any minutes to be destroyed have been instructed to appear in court.
That also means urgently turning the SSP outwards to fighting on the burning issues facing the working class and young people, alongside advancing a programme that can face up to the challenges of building a mass working-class and socialist alternative in Scotland.
www.socialistparty.org.uk /2006/442/pp4.htm   (1185 words)

 Scotsman.com News - Scottish Socialist Party
TWO of the most vociferous rivals in Scottish politics are to visit a recovering war zone together, it emerged yesterday.
THE crisis in the Scottish Socialist party is set to deepen this week as another of its MSPs...
COLIN Fox, leader of the Scottish Socialist Party, yesterday urged Tommy Sheridan not to form a...
news.scotsman.com /topics.cfm?tid=811   (454 words)

 Scotland: Scottish Socialist Party conference
The International Socialists, the cwi in Scotland, is an active and growing section of the SSP.
Sinead Daly from Dundee SSP explained that "the term a social Europe is even used by some capitalists in Europe, by the right wing trade union bureaucracy and by governments to justify their policies.
From The Socialist, paper of the Socialist Party, cwi in England and Wales.
www.socialistworld.net /eng/2004/04/02scotland.html   (1257 words)

 Scottish Socialist Party - The rise of a new socialist party   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Scottish National Party, a bourgeois nationalist party with a petit-bourgeois leadership and a popular base, was trying, with some success, to develop a left wing profile to attract the votes of disappointed Labour voters.
The idea of a Socialist Alliance was making some headway, though with reservations in the SSM where a section of its supporters remained in the Labour Party and even more so in the Liberation current, which was entirely integrated into the SNP.
After the first SSP conference in February 1999, energies were focused on the preparation of the first Scottish legislative elections in May 1999, which coincided with local elections.
www.labournet.org.uk /so/35ssp.html   (3150 words)

 Scottish Independence Guide: Scottish Socialist Party
The third largest of the pro-independence parties, the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) is a left wing Scottish political party which campaigns for a socialist economic platform and Scottish independence.
The SSP have been strongly supportive of the cross-party Independence Convention and a number of SSP activists and MSP's have given their support to the Independence First referendum campaign.
Many expected Sheridan to stand for the SSP leadership in the wake of his court victory however he seems to have calculated that his opponents were too well placed within the party leadership and structures and that a clean break was required.
www.scottishindependence.com /SSP.htm   (1111 words)

 Scottish Socialist Party
The SSP is on course to repeat our 2003 election sensation after a System 3 poll, taken after Tommy Sheridan and his London based supporters announced they were leaving, put the SSP on 6% on the second Holyrood ballot for Party List MSP's.
The Scottish Socialist Party has faced the biggest possible test of any political party in Scottish history; what do you do when the most charismatic individual leader of the left in generations demands that the party lies and covers up in order to protect his squalid secret life.
Scottish Socialist Voice continues to be the only weekly newspaper of the left in Scotland and the most successful for generations.
www.scottishsocialistparty.org   (1052 words)

 Scottish Socialist Party Conference 2000   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
This growth has forced a reorganisation of the structures and apparatus of the party and one of the key issues for the conference was to agree appropriate organisational structures which would allow effective organisation whilst ensuring policies were democratically agreed.
When the Scottish Socialist Alliances were formed out of the Scottish Socialist Movement, Scottish Militant and the Scottish Communist Party, two months were spent thrashing out a constitution and basic principles, which worked for an organisation of around 400.
The new party adopted the existing constitution of the SSA and a shortened 16 point version of the Action Programme for use in the Election Campaign.
www.labournet.org.uk /so/34scottishSP.html   (786 words)

 Scottish Election result - analysis by CWI members
SCOTLAND'S POLITICAL establishment were licking their wounds after the Scottish parliament elections of 1 May. There were spectacular advances for the Greens and the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP), who between them won 13 seats - an increase of 11.
It was the SSP and the Greens who between them captured the imagination of tens of thousands of those looking for a radical alternative to the establishment parties.
At the same time, it is essential that the SSP fights for public ownership of the major sectors of the economy under the democratic control of the working class as the only long-term solution to poverty and inequality.
www.geocities.com /socialistparty/Documents/SSPResult.htm   (790 words)

 BBC NEWS | VOTE2001 | PARTIES | Scottish Socialist Party
The Scottish Socialist Party is aiming to be a new foce on Scotland's political landscape.
The party is pro-independence and is fighting for a Scottish Socialist republic, with the people taking control of the country's wealth and resources.
The SSP was born in 1998 out of the Scottish Socialist Alliance and brought together a number of disparate parties.
news.bbc.co.uk /vote2001/hi/english/parties/newsid_1179000/1179170.stm   (308 words)

 SSP News : News from the Scottish Socialist Party
Councillor Bollan said:" The SSP has travelled a difficult road over the last two years, but I genuinely believe we will be stronger and more able tp pursue a socialist alternative, by concentrating on working in our local communities with local groups to support them in their struggle against justice and inequality.
She said that the group may link-up with similar organisations across Scotland to convince the Scottish Executive to take statutory measures to ensure that graduates from dental schools have to work in the NHS for a period.
BBC NEWS The Scottish Socialist Party official who was jailed for failing to hand over documents is due back in court.
www.scottishsocialistparty.info   (2394 words)

 Scottish Socialist Party - Billy Bragg Forums
Four SSP Members of Parliament and their staff have been issued with a month long ban without wages for defending the right to protest against the meeting of the G8 leaders.
On the 30 June 2005 four Scottish Socialist Party parliamentary representatives were summarily suspended and stripped of their pay and parliamentary allowances for the month of September.
The SSP MSPs were tried in their absence, without any kind of due process, right of appeal or any of the basic human rights that are enshrined in law.
www.billybragg.co.uk /forums/index.php?showtopic=2658   (676 words)

 Scottish Socialist Party votes to support Sheridan|3Jun06|Socialist Worker
The election of six SSP MSPs to the Scottish parliament in the elections of May 2003, with 130,000 votes across Scotland, should have marked a major step forward for the SSP.
Since November 2004, the Socialist Worker platform within the SSP has fought for support for Sheridan against the News of the World and argued that he was wrong to resign as the party’s convenor.
Now that the air has been cleared and party members have made their views known, it is essential that the SSP focuses on building support for the Scottish parliamentary elections in 2007.
www.socialistworker.co.uk /article.php?article_id=8929   (973 words)

 Scotsman.com Election - Scottish Socialist Party
Sheridan's ordination into the Scottish Parliament in 1999, vows delivered replete with the clenched fist of socialism, was evidently enough to rouse lapsed socialists throughout Scotland.
Party membership has since tripled to over 3000, which, given that the SNP only has 10,000 members, shows that the SSP is far from the ineffectual political fringe.
His retreat from the limelight caused crisis in the party as the evident lack of ego threatened to cause a genuine leadership crisis.
election.scotsman.com /parties.cfm?party=SSP   (252 words)

 Scottish Socialist Party (1987-1990)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Scottish Socialist Party were a small political party operating in Scotland.
The party was in 1987 shortly after the general election held that year.
This party was in no way related the Scottish Socialist Party established in 1998 although there are remarkable similarities between policy programmes.
www.freeglossary.com /Scottish_Socialist_Party_(1987-1990)   (255 words)

 Scottish Socialist Party - SourceWatch
The Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) is a Scottish left wing party standing for a Marxist economic platform and Scottish independence.
At the SSP National Convention in February 2005, MSP Colin Fox was elected as the new convener,
The SSP distributes a weekly newspaper, the Scottish Socialist Voice have an active youth wing, Scottish Socialist Youth.
www.sourcewatch.org /index.php?title=Scottish_Socialist_Party   (408 words)

 Scottish Socialist Party in deep crisis
The Scottish Socialist Party, once heralded by many on the left as the most successful socialist experiment in recent times, is in the process of tearing itself apart after sacking its founder and leader Tommy Sheridan as the party’s convener.
The leadership of the SSP were desperate to find a short cut to success, even to the extent of jumping into bed with the Scottish nationalists and watering down their ideas to achieve respectability.
The genuine socialists in the SSP have to come out firmly against the roots of this problem, which arose from the reformist and nationalist orientation of the party.
www.marxist.com /Europe/SSP_deep_crisis.htm   (1261 words)

 Red Pepper | Scottish Socialist Party | Gregor Gall   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Among some of the organised internal platforms (a distinctive feature of the party, and no doubt one of the reasons that it has been able to unite so much of the left, is that members have the right to form political tendencies), the woes are the result of becoming a ‘nationalist’ and ‘reformist’ party.
All of this has enabled the SSP to establish a national presence throughout Scotland, with 3,000 members organised in 86 branches; a national and local media presence; and its own weekly 12-page newspaper with a staff of four, as well as 20 other party and parliamentary workers.
Militant in Scotland took its ‘Scottish turn’ after many of its members were expelled from Labour; it also understood that it needed to operate as an independent organisation and break from vanguardist notions of a political party.
www.redpepper.org.uk /Apr140/x-apr06-gall.htm   (1342 words)

 Scottish Socialist party appeal
Queensberry House, the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood, Edinburgh EH99 1SP
Parliament to overturn the ban and the financial penalties imposed on the
Colin Fox MSP, SSP convener, on behalf of the Scottish Socialist Party
www.socialistresistance.net /SSPappeal.htm   (455 words)

 Scottish Socialist Party conference debates possibilities|11Mar06|Socialist Worker   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
As party convenor Colin Fox acknowledged in his opening address, despite a good campaign and an excellent candidate in former Labour Party MSP John McAllion, the SSP vote in Dunfermline had been disappointing.
In an excellent debate on pensions, motions were carried committing the party to building support for industrial action against attacks on our pensions and to opposing the emergence of a two-tier workforce with new or young workers forced to work longer than the existing workforce.
The highlight of the past year for socialists in Scotland was undoubtedly the demonstrations against the G8 at Gleneagles in July 2005, where we worked with other activists to build huge opposition to Bush and Blair.
www.socialistworker.co.uk /article.php?article_id=8446   (517 words)

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