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

Statement on the nomination of Steve Hedley as TUSC candidate

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The IS Network women’s caucus wrote to the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) Steering Committee this Sunday on behalf of all the supporters of our recent petition, calling for TUSC to repudiate their support for Steve Hedley’s nomination in the upcoming elections, on the grounds that he was accused by Caroline Leneghan of domestic violence.

The petition asked that TUSC send their solidarity to Caroline and commit to taking gender violence seriously in their future selection process. The petition has collected 259 signatories, from a wide range of people from the left.

We would like to thank the supporters of the petition for helping us to campaign for such an important issue, which desperately needs to be addressed within both our organisations and trade unions. We demand that women are believed and we want to create an environment where any survivor of abuse are able to come forward, with confidence in the structures and culture of our organisations.

We are very disappointed not to have received a response from TUSC on this important issue.