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  • Lenin

    From its formation 100 years ago, the Communist Party in Britain has based itself on the principles of Marx, Engels and Lenin. In particular, Lenin's teachings on the state, revolution, imperialism, the national question, the party and working class power have enriched Marxism and informed, educated and inspired many millions of Communists across the globe. Today, the principles of Marxism-Leninism remain the basis of our revolutionary programme Britain's Road to Socialism. The best way to honour the memory of Lenin is to join and help strengthen the Communist Party of Britain as a proud and integral contingent of the international Communist movement.

  • Labour's leaked report records a class struggle for control of the party

    Labour’s 2015-20 leader Jeremy Corbyn flanked by his deputy Tom Watson, who is repeatedly referenced as engaged in plots to undermine him in a newly leaked internal report

    Morning Star, 13th April 2020

    HUGE numbers of Labour Party members will back Fire Brigades Union leader Matt Wrack in demanding action over Labour’s leaked internal report on the handling of anti-semitism complaints.

  • The case for Socialism

    THE CASE FOR SOCIALISM - needed now more than ever. The Communist Party has launched a new up-to-the-minute updated programme, ‘Britain’s Road to Socialism’. Its arguments against capitalism are compelling and its case for socialism has never in Britain, been put with greater force or conviction. We urge you to read it and pass it’s message round, hold online meetings and education classes. The package costs just £3 and is available here. Multiple copies can be bought and if you agree with the revolutionary case for socialism, you can apply to join us too.

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  • "Welsh and UK governments ignored warning of pandemic shortages", say Communists

    After an online meeting of the Welsh Communist Party's executive committee today (Sunday, April 5), Welsh CP secretary Trevor Jones issued the following statement:

    "The Welsh Communist Party salutes the heroic working people of Wales who are in the front line, fighting the Covid-19 pandemic and keeping our society running. Once again, it is starkly obvious who does the essential work on which we all rely!

  • Communists warn of huge bill to rescue capitalism

    'The COVID-19 pandemic should not be blamed for yet another severe crisis of the capitalist system caused by corporate ownership of the economy and the anarchy of market forces', Communist Party general secretary Robert Griffiths told an online meeting of the party's executive committee at the weekend.

  • Britain's Communists welcome international 'Open Letter' on COVID-19 crisis

    Along with more than 230 political parties across the world, the Communist Party of Britain has signed an Open Letter on the COVID-19 crisis from the Communist Party of China.

  • Communists condemn neoliberalism's 'deadly damage' to emergency defences

    'Ten years of neoliberal economic and financial policies have done deadly damage to our defences against health and other public emergencies', the Communist Party declared on Wednesday evening (March 25).

    Reporting to an online meeting of the party's Political Committee, General Secretary Robert Griffiths attacked the past ten years of spending cuts, tax relief for the rich and big business and the outsourcing and privatisation of public services. 'Almost every capitalist government is now compelled to use methods deployed so effectively by the Chinese authorities to counter the Covid-19 virus, based on state intervention, planning and control of essential industries and services', Mr Griffiths pointed out.

  • UK - Ambulance workers left with no hand sanitiser, wipes or masks and faulty testing gear (GMB)

    Ambulance workers across the UK turned up for shifts this morning to find no hand sanitiser, face masks or wipes and faulty testing equipment, GMB Union says. Paramedics and ambulance workers are also being forced to deal with inconsistent guidance and fatigue due to increased workloads as colleagues self-isolate.  Meanwhile 111 call numbers are up to 70% higher than this time last year.

    GMB has five key demands the Government must meet to keep emergency workers - and the British public - safe:

  • Unite the Union: We need measures equal to the economic and public health emergencies upon us

    Responding to chancellor Rishi Sunak's package of support for businesses announced this evening (Tuesday, 17 March) and the prime minister's pledge to do `whatever it takes' to support people and jobs through the corona virus crisis, the head of the UK's leading union, Unite, has said that his union stands ready to play their part throughout this time of crisis.

    Len McCluskey, Unite's general secretary said: "It is abundantly clear that we need a package of measures equal to the public health and economic emergencies now upon us.

  • Address to the 23rd Congress of the German Communist Party

    Robert Griffiths, General Secretary, Communist Party of Britain

    "Dear Comrades,

    Greetings from the Executive Committee and members of the Communist Party of Britain, now happy to be outside the European Union. Our party has always opposed the monopoly capitalist European Union and its forerunners, all of which have their origins in the Cold War and the need to rebuild state-monopoly capitalism in Western Europe. In the 2016 referendum, we campaigned alongside the majority of the Marxist left in Britain to leave the European Union (which is not Europe - much though the EU Commission wants us to believe they are one and the same). Make no mistake, comrades, the result of that referendum - in favour of 'Brexit' - was a major defeat for the British ruling class.

  • CP urges left to advance not retreat

    The left in the Labour Party and trade unions must stop retreating, according to Britain's Communists.

    Reporting to the Communist Party's political committee on Wednesday evening (February 12), the party's trade union organiser Andy Bain said the Labour leadership contests had so far been a 'dispiriting fiasco'.

    'Too many candidates are capitulating to the witch-hunting demands of outside bodies that feminists and supporters of Palestinian rights should be silenced if not driven out of the Labour Party altogether', Mr Bain charged. 'This comes on top of the willingness of most of Labour's possible leaders and deputy leaders to press the nuclear button and cause millions of civilian deaths instead resolving the cause of the conflict', he added.

  • Joint Statement of the Communist Party of Britain, the Tudeh Party of Iran and the Communist Party of the USA

    The assassination on Friday 3 January 2020 in Baghdad, Iraq of Qasem Soleimani, the Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ (IRGC) extra-territorial Quds Force, and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandis, Head of Iraq’s Kataib Hezbollah, together with several other Iranian, Iraqi, and Lebanese nationals, on the order of US President, Donald Trump, is a clear violation of both Iraqi national sovereignty and international law. Our parties condemn it unreservedly.

    We also condemn the subsequent threats of Trump against Iran, threatening to strike 52 sites in that country, including cultural sites. Furthermore, we view the Iranian regime’s threat to hit US personnel and interests in the region as a dangerous and irresponsible position that serves only to escalate tension.

  • 100 years for socialism – join the celebrations of the Communist Party’s centenary

    THIS year marks the centenary of the birth of the Communist Party, when factory and transport workers, miners, dockers, tenants’ leaders and the unemployed met as foundation delegates in the Cannon Street Hotel in London.

    The subsequent history of the party will be remembered, debated and celebrated in meetings, events and campaigns across Britain.

    It will also be honoured abroad, where CP members conducted solidarity activity and made major sacrifices for the freedom of the peoples of India, Spain, South Africa, China, Chile and elsewhere.

  • Communists blame Brexit shift for Labour's defeat and urge movement's renewal

    'Labour's shift towards a "Stop Brexit" stance did not turn millions of Labour electors into Tories overnight last week - but it did drive them to abstain or vote to "Get Brexit Done"', according to Britain's Communist Party.

    Addressing an extended meeting of the CP political committee on Monday evening (December 16), Robert Griffiths said that other factors in Labour's General Election defeat should not be seized upon to obscure this 'undeniable and overriding' fact.

  • Conservative win marks bad day for people of Britain

    A statement by GUE/NGL co-president Martin Schirdewan on the Conservative Party’s victory in the British general election:

    “Today is a sad day for people living in Britain.”

    “It is bitterly disappointing that the message of hope has not carried in the face of a dirty and dishonest campaign by the Conservatives.”

    “Voters who had voted for change, for an end to austerity, for social and tax justice, will now have to endure a government bent on social inequality, deregulation, discrimination and xenophobia.”

  • Brexit backlash hits Labour hard, exit poll suggests

    morning star neuEXIT polls have suggested a Tory landslide, with Leave-voting areas switching away from Labour according to predictions. If the actual result resembles the prediction, Labour will lose 52 seats, putting it on course for its worst result in terms of seats since 1935 following its decision to campaign for a second referendum on EU membership.

    A visibly shocked John McDonnell told the BBC that “Brexit has dominated” the election, as polls suggested a 86 seat majority for the Tories. "We thought other issues could cut through and there would be a wider debate, from this evidence there clearly wasn't,” the shadow chancellor said.

  • Labour can win with bold polocies and mass campaigining, Communists insist

    'Labour is beginning to gain ground in the General Election as its economic and social policies chime with the needs and aspirations of the mass of the people', the Communist Party declared on Wednesday evening (November 13).

    But CP London district secretary Steve Johnson warned that Britain's ruling class and its supposedly 'liberal' intelligentsia will pull out all the stops to prevent Jeremy Corbyn entering Ten Downing Street.

    'The forces of reaction understand that Labour's left-wing leadership and its policies represent a threat to the wealth, power and privilege of the super-rich elite and their system', he told the CP political committee. People have had enough of austerity, insecurity and privatisation and want substantial new investment in public services, productive industry and decently paid jobs.

  • Communists attack Farage and urge Labour vote

    In response to Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage's decision not to stand candidates against sitting Tory MPs, Communist Party general secretary issued the following statement today (Monday, November 11):

    "It is entirely in keeping with Nigel Farage's right-wing political history that he wants the Tories to win the General Election. But his decision also exposes the vulnerability of Labour's move towards an anti-Brexit position, having dropped its pledge to honour the EU referendum result and adopted a second referendum instead. Only a Labour government with its left and progressive policies will end austerity and privatisation, although it would quickly discover that EU rules on competition, state aid, public procurement, the corporate right of establishment and the free movement of capital will be used in attempts to sabotage Labour's programme".

  • Communists for Labour victory and mass campaigning

    The Communist Party reaffirms its commitment of September 23 to work for the election of a left-led Labour government in the forthcoming General Election. This is the only attainable outcome that would serve the interests of the working class and peoples of Britain. Thus we are calling for a clear-cut victory for Labour led by Jeremy Corbyn and for its left and progressive policies.

    After nine years of Tory rule, assisted for the first five by their LibDem collaborators, the working class and people generally are desperate for an end to austerity, privatisation, militarism and imperialist war. They need what only Labour is proposing in this General Election and could deliver in office - policies to promote full employment; public ownership of key industries and utilities; a reinvigorated strategy for regional economic development; a more progressive tax system and a major redistribution of wealth and power in favour of working people and their families. We welcome Labour's commitment to a massive public sector housebuilding programme; renationalisation of the railways and other privatised industries and services; large-scale investment in public services; a 'Green New Deal' for environmental security including a universal home insulation programme; new rights for workers and unions, including the revival of sectoral collective bargaining; comprehensive social care for the elderly; and substantial increases in pensions and social benefits.

  • Communists urge support for EU Withdrawal Bill

    The Communist Party of Britain urges MPs to support the swift passage of the new EU Withdrawal Bill which is due to have its Second Reading vote later today (October 22).

    'While we have substantial reservations about aspects of the proposed legislation, the issue of Britain's membership needs to be settled so that Labour can go into an imminent General Election on a bold, radical manifesto of domestic policies', Communist Party general secretary Robert Griffiths declared.

    'The alternative is a General Election campaign dominated by Brexit, with Boris Johnson accusing Labour of failing to abide by its own pledge to honour the people's vote in June 2016 to leave the European Union', he argued.