John Riddell: Democracy in Lenin's Comintern

How did Communist parties handle issues of internal discipline and democracy in Lenin’s time? The recent intense discussion within the British Socialist Workers’ Party (SWP) and beyond has heard claims that the SWP rests on the traditions of democratic centralism inherited from the Bolsheviks.

John Riddell: Democracy in Lenin's Comintern

Richard Atkinson: Death and the Bedroom Tax

Some extended thoughts about Stephanie Bottrill, the woman who committed suicide because of the bedroom tax.

Richard Atkinson: Death and the Bedroom Tax

Dave Renton: Who Was Blair Peach?

Today marks the 35th anniversary of the killing of Blair Peach by the police. David Renton looks back at Blair Peach’s life as a poet, trade unionist and committed antifascist

Dave Renton: Who Was Blair Peach?

Bunny La Roche: Nasty Little Nigel gets a rude welcome to Kent

Bunny La Roche of RS21 on Nigel Farage's visit to Kent

Bunny La Roche: Nasty Little Nigel gets a rude welcome to Kent

Financial Appeal

We're up and running! An appeal for funds to kickstart the IS Network

Financial Appeal

Pass the baton of freedom: demand safe, free and unrestricted access to abortion

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Pass the baton of freedom: demand safe, free and unrestricted access to abortion

Women’s right to abortion and to decide whether (or not) and when they wish to become mothers are fundamental human rights!

Sun 11 May, 2pm-5pm, Marchmont Community Centre, 62 Marchmont St, London WC1N 1AB



In Spain, in 1985, under the centre-left Partido Socialistas Obreros Español (PSOE: Spanish Socialist Workers Party) government, there was a partial decriminalisation of abortion. However, it wasn’t until 2010 that there was a progressive reform of the law relating to the voluntary termination of pregnancy. Unfortunately, this reform still maintained many restrictions that were attached to the right to obtain an abortion. The draft bill submitted by the centre-right Partido Popular government is restrictive and reactionary. Moreover, it infringes upon the rights and freedoms of women to decide whether or not to become mothers.

The European Left Party rejects the “Draft Bill on the Protection of the Rights of the Unborn Child and Pregnant Woman” approved by the Council of Ministers in Spain, because it curtails women’s fundamental rights and calls for its immediate revocation. We also support any reforms made to the Law on sexual and reproductive health and voluntary termination of pregnancy aimed at extending those rights that are fundamental and specific to women to ensure that women can decide whether or not we want to be mothers.

As the culmination of a long series of campaigns and actions, Abortion Rights and the Women’s Caucus of Left Unity are having an event in London in solidarity with our sisters in the Spanish state! Not the Church! Not the state! Women must decide their fate!

Speakers:

Kerry Abel (Secretary of Abortion Rights, LU women’s caucus)
Susan Pashkoff (LU women's caucus)

Speakers invited from My Belly is Mine (Spanish women’s prochoice campaign) and Bloomsbury Pro Choice Alliance