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

VIDEO: IS Network Bradford and Leeds branch: 'What is the IS Network for?' Meeting Video


Ged introduces this meeting of Bradford & Leeds branch of the IS Network, held in Leeds.

Upcoming Dates

Dates coming up in Leeds/Bradford IS Network. All meetings take place in Bradford, except the 'Socialist Forum', which will take place at Broadcasting Place, Leeds Met. Message for more details.

Tuesday 11th March, 10am, 
Podcast/Branch

Thursday 27th March, 6.30pm
Reading Group

Tuesday April 1st, 10am
Podcast/Branch

Wednesday April 2nd, 7pm 
Socialist Forum

Thursday 17th April, 6.30pm
Reading Group

Teachers march on Bristol

As members of the National Union of Teachers went out on strike on March 26th demonstrations took place across the country. In Bristol this turned out to be the strongest demonstration in quite some time, with 800 people taking to the streets. What really felt like a positive change though was the composition of the demo, no longer populated by the same old lefty faces the demo saw young teachers, parents and children with flag and banner march through the city chanting and singing from the NUT chant sheet provided. The weather stayed dry and spirits were high and even the speeches were delivered with an added zing. Whilst criticism was levied at the lack of support from other unions the speakers kept up a fighting spirit. was also supported by SW TUC and the Trades Council, who normally don't bother.

The demonstration aproaches Castle Park