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Left Unity launched in Wakefield

Six people attended the first meeting of Wakefield Left Unity on Thursday 9 May.

There were people from trade unions, socialist organisations and workers who have recently taken part in strikes against downbanding at Mid Yorks NHS Trust.

After hearing a report of the recent Left Unity meetings in nearby Leeds, we discussed the progress of the strike at Mid Yorks hospitals, which so far has seen workers down several days of continuous action against pay cuts.

There was then a general discussion which positively addressed the problems of previous unity initiatives like TUSC and Socialist Alliance, while also recognising that all such attempts will throw up challenges and new experiences.

Meetings like this which bring together militants who are involved in campaigns and which debate out the politics of our struggles are the rock on which a successful new workers’ party must be built. We hope to see many more such meetings planning action and collectively discussing the political programme of the new party which, hopefully, thousands will work to build in the run-up to the policy conference this November.

One person was delegated to attend the national meeting in London on 11 May.

There will be another meeting of Wakefield Left Unity to report back from the conference on Thursday 16 May.

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