A statement has been issued by several leading members of Respect following an email sent out by the Respect National Office claiming that the SWP is planning to split from Respect. It follows in full.
The Socialist Workers Party has no intention of leaving Respect and will not be “splitting” from the coalition it helped create and to which it has been so central.
John Rees did not state support for standing candidates against Respect candidates or against George Galloway.
The statement sent out earlier today is a further attempt to remove John as National Secretary and the SWP and those who share our views from Respect and to force a split in the coalition.
Our statement opposing the attack on the left in Respect has the support of 21 National Council members and six councillors, plus some 900 activists who have been central to the success of Respect.
We continue to believe that the best way to resolve our differences is by letting the members decide at the National Conference, which is now less than three weeks away. We desire a democratic settlement of the outstanding issues in a way that ensures members have their say.
The statement issued today, by threatening John’s removal and by trying to declare a split in Respect would undermine a democratic solution to the debate within Respect.
John can only be removed through Respect's democratic structures, not by the issuing of a letter. The crisis within Respect is best resolved at our National Conference.