Saturday, 2 November 2013

Dual topic SSP public meeting

The Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) will this week hold a public meeting in North Ayrshire, at which the case for an independent socialist Scotland will be made by the party’s National Convener, Colin Fox.  In addition, local postal worker Tam Dewar, speaking in a personal capacity, will explain why Royal Mail must be returned to public ownership.

The meeting has a 7:30pm start this Tuesday (October 29) in the function room of the Turf Bar in Irvine’s High Street.

North Ayrshire SSP organiser Richie Venton told the3towns, “Tam Dewar will speak on what the Tories' privatisation of Royal Mail means, not only to the workforce but also to everyone who relies on this vital service.  Tam will put the case for re-nationalisation of Royal Mail. So, come and hear why and how you can support your posties.”

Tam Dewar was formerly a prominent left-wing member of the Labour Party in North Ayrshire and served as a councillor on Cunninghame District Council, forerunner to North Ayrshire Council.  Mr Dewar left the Labour Party some years ago.

SSP National Convener Colin Fox will be making a return to North Ayrshire, having previously spoken at a public meeting in Ardrossan.  On this occasion, the former Member of the Scottish Parliament will set-out the working-class socialist case for independence, explaining how and why ordinary people will be better off by using the full powers of self-government to redistribute wealth from the millionaires to the millions.

Richie Venton said, “Regardless of your views on the Referendum - Yes, No or Don't Know - please attend the meeting.  Come along and listen, ask questions, clarify any points of concern and have a friendly discussion about the future we want.

“The SSP has been consistently active in North Ayrshire on issues like fighting Council cuts, supporting a Living Wage for all apprentices, and demanding action, now, to bin the Bedroom Tax.

“We are the socialist wing of the pro-independence movement and we believe that socialist policies in an independent Scotland give us a route to ending abominations like the Bedroom Tax, job-losses and poverty pay.”

Mr Venton urged the local public to attend Tuesday’s meeting, adding, “You'll enjoy it. You'll be made very welcome, and we are even trying to lay-on a sandwich at the start.”

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