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

IS Network members standing in Left Unity National Council elections

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Voting for the National Council of Left Unity is now open. To vote you will need your Left Unity membership number in addition to a 'ballot code' which you should have received in an email titled 'Left Unity Elections'.

Below is a list of International Socialist Network members that are standing for positions on the council with links to their election statements. We also invite IS Network members to submit statements of support for individual candidates to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. These will then be published on the site and circulated to members.

IS Network members standing in Left Unity National Council elections:

Tom Walker (Media Officer)
Tim Nelson/Oliver New (Trade Union Officer, jobshare)
Simon Hardy (Directly-elected section and London region)
Steve Freeman (Directly-elected section)
Kat Burdon Manley (Wales)
James Non (Appeals Committee)


Voting closes at midnight on the 23rd March.