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SWP branch meetings. The Socialist Workers' Party organises branch meetings across Britain to discuss political issues and activity in local areas. They are open to members and non-members and are a good chance to debate politics, ask questions, and get involved in activity.

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SWP Public Meetings

area title time venue
Birmingham The 30 anniversary of the Miners’ Strike Thu 1 May, 7.30pm The Priory Rooms, 40 Bull St, B4 6AF
Essex Why we celebrate May Day Thu 1 May, 7.30pm Friends Meeting House, Rainsford Rd, CM1 2QL
London: Hornsey and Wood Green Spying, surveillance and the state Wed 7 May, 7.30pm West Indian Cultural Centre, 9 Clarendon Rd, Haringey, N8 0DD
Norwich The 30th anniversary of the Miners’ Strike
Speaker Steve Hammill (ex-Silverwood NUM miner)
Thu 8 May, 7.30pm Vauxhall Centre, Alma Suite, Johnson Place, NR2 2SA
Portsmouth Three years on—where next for the Egyptian revolution?
Speaker Judith Orr (editor, Socialist Worker)
Wed 7 May, 7.30pm Southsea Community Centre, St Paul’s Square, PO5 4EE
 

SWP branch meetings

Weekly meetings to discuss political issues and our local activity. All welcome
area title time venue
Aberdeen Do revolutions always fail? Thu 24 Apr, 6pm Butchart Recreation Centre, Aberdeen University, AB24 3FX
Scottish independence and the economy—what do socialists say? Thu 1 May, 6pm
Barnsley Sexism and raunch culture Thu 24 Apr, 7.30pm YMCA, Blucher St, S70 1AP
Class struggle and solidarity—Why we celebrate May Day Thu 1 May, 6.30pm Barnsley Town Hall, S70 2TA
Birmingham: City and East Is Britain a democracy? Thu 24 Apr, 7pm Friends of the Earth, The Warehouse, 54-57 Allison St, B5 5TH
Birmingham: Handsworth Is Britain a democracy? Wed 23 Apr, 7pm Laurel Road Community Sports Centre, Laurel Rd, B21 9PB
China—a Marxist analysis Wed 7 May, 7pm
Birmingham: Stirchley and Kings Heath Elections—can voting really change anything? Wed 7 May, 7.30pm Kings Heath Community Centre, 8 Heathfield Rd, B14 7DB
Bolton Do revolutions always fail? Wed 23 Apr, 6.30pm Bolton Socialist Club, 16 Wood St (off Bradshawgate), BL1 1DY
Bradford Wikileaks—is it still relevant? Wed 23 Apr, 7pm Equity Centre, Perkin House, 82 Grattan Rd, BD1 2LU
What if the far right win the Indian elections? Wed 30 Apr, 7pm
Brighton Is there such as thing as human nature? Wed 23 Apr, 7.30pm Friends Meeting House, Ship St, BN1 1AF
The rise of the far right in Europe Wed 30 Apr, 7.30pm
Bristol: North What do socialists say about nationalism? Thu 24 Apr, 7.30pm 5th Floor, The Canteen, Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, BS1 3QY
How does the ruling class rule? Thu 1 May, 7.30pm
Bristol: South Why global capitalism is bad for your health Wed 23 Apr, 7.30pm YHA, Narrow Quay, BS1 4QA
Imperialism in the 21st century Wed 30 Apr, 7.30pm
Cambridge After gay marriage—have we achieved equality? Thu 24 Apr, 7.30pm Shanghai Family Restaurant, 39 Burleigh St, CB1 1DG
The Labour Party and the trade unions—are they heading for divorce? Thu 1 May, 7.30pm
Cardiff Is Marx still relevant? Wed 23 Apr, 7.30pm Cathays Community Centre, Cathays Terrace, CF24 4HX
1984—the miners and the strike that could have won Wed 30 Apr, 7.30pm
Chelmsford Marxism, ecology and fracking Thu 15 May, 7.30pm Friends Meeting House, Rainsford Rd, CM1 2QL
Chesterfield Women and the fight against austerity Thu 24 Apr, 7.30pm Chesterfield Library, New Beetwell St, S40 1QN
How should socialists organise today? Thu 1 May, 7.30pm Market Halls, Market Place, S40 1PB
Colchester The role of the trade unions in the International Brigade 1936-1939 Wed 23 Apr, 7.30pm The New Inn, Chapel St South, CO2 7AX
Do the media control our minds? Wed 30 Apr, 7.30pm
Coventry Six years after the crash—are we really seeing a recovery? Wed 23 Apr, 7.30pm Koco Buildings, Arches Industrial Estate, Spon End, CV1 3JQ
The Labour Party and the trade unions—are they heading for divorce? Wed 30 Apr, 7.30pm
Derby The threat of Ukip—how do we fight the racists? Thu 24 Apr, 7pm West End Community Centre (next to Britannia Mill), Mackworth Rd, DE22 3BL
Documentary film of the Raytheon 9—resisting US imperialism Thu 1 May, 7pm
Doncaster The threat of Ukip—how do we fight the racists? Wed 23 Apr, 7pm Women’s Centre, 21 Cleveland St, DN1 3EH
Neither Washington nor Moscow—the crisis in Ukraine Wed 30 Apr, 7pm
Dundee The threat of Ukip—how do we fight the racists? Tue 22 Apr, 7.30pm Dundee Voluntary Action, 10 Constitution Rd, DD1 1LL
Scottish independence and racism Tues 29 Apr, 7.30pm
Edinburgh The threat of Ukip—how do we fight the racists? Wed 23 Apr, 7.30pm Friends Meeting House, 7 Victoria St, EH1 2JL
Revolutionaries and elections Wed 30 Apr, 7.30pm
Glasgow: North Leon Trotsky—life of a revolutionary Wed 23 Apr, 7.30pm Munro’s Bar, 185 Great Western Rd, G4 9EB
China—a Marxist analysis Wed 30 Apr, 7.30pm
Glasgow: South China—a Marxist analysis Thu 24 Apr, 7.30pm Govanhill Baths, 99 Calder St, G42 7RA
Is a socialist Scotland possible? Thu 1 May, 7.30pm
Harlow How the 1917 Russian revolution was lost Thu 24 Apr, 7.30pm Friends Meeting House, 1 Church Leys, CM18 6BX
How do we stop Gove destroying education? Thu 8 May, 7.30pm
Huddersfield The First World War—socialism and art Wed 23 Apr, 6.30pm Brian Jackson House, 2 New North Parade (near train and bus stations), HD1 5JP
The government, business or workers—who is in control? Wed 30 Apr, 6.30pm
Ipswich What would a future socialist society look like? Tues 6 May, 7pm Labour Club, 33-35 Silent St, IP1 1TF
Kirkcaldy Scottish independence and the working class Mon 12 May, 7.30pm Betty Nicol’s Pub, 297 High St, KY1 1JL
Lancaster Has Russia ever been socialist? Thu 24 Apr, 7pm Friends Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, LA1 1TX
Class struggle and solidarity—Why we celebrate May Day Thu 1 May, 7pm
Leeds: City Centre The Cuban revolution 55 years on Thu 24 Apr, 7pm West Riding Pub (upstairs), 38 Wellington St, LS1 2DJ
The politics of mental health Thu 1 May, 7pm
Leicester The threat of Ukip—how do we fight the racists? Wed 23 Apr, 7pm Leicester Adult Education College, 2 Wellington St, LE1 6HL
Revolution in Europe—Portugal 1974 Wed 30 Apr, 7pm
Liverpool How do we fight for women’s liberation? Thu 24 Apr, 7pm The Black-E, 1 Great George St, L1 5EW
Songs for every struggle—socialism and music Thu 1 May, 7pm
London: Brent & Harrow The welfare state—how it was won and how can we defend it? Thu 24 Apr, 7.30pm The Pepperpot Centre, 1a Thorpe Close, Ladbroke Grove (very close to station), W10 5XL
Class struggle and solidarity—Why we celebrate May Day Thu 1 May, 7.30pm
London: Brixton The 1791 great slave revolt in Haiti Wed 23 Apr, 7.30pm Vida Walsh Centre, 2b Saltoun Rd (near Effra Rd, facing Windrush Square), SW2 1EP
Are the Tories trying to destroy the welfare state? Wed 30 Apr, 7.30pm
London: Camden Art, work and social change—the politics of William Morris Thu 24 Apr, 7pm Theatro Technis, 26 Crowndale Rd, NW1 1TT
London: Ealing Neither Washington nor Moscow—the crisis in Ukraine Wed 23 Apr, 7.30pm W3 Gallery, 185 Acton High St, W3 8DJ
Capitalism and carnage—lessons from the First World War Wed 30 Apr, 7.30pm
London: Hackney Class struggle and solidarity—Why we celebrate May Day Thu 1 May, 7.30pm The Round Chapel, Powerscroft Rd (corner Lower Clapton Rd), E5 0PP
London: Hornsey and Wood Green Capitalism—economics of the madhouse Wed 23 Apr, 7.45pm West Indian Cultural Centre, 9 Clarendon Rd, N8 0DD
Why Marx was right Wed 30 Apr, 7.45pm
London: Islington Tony Benn and reformism Thu 1 May, 7pm The Old Fire Station, 84 Mayton St, N7 6QT
London: Kingston The State and Revolution Thu 1 May, 7.30pm Norbiton and Dragon, 16 Clifton Rd, KT2 6PW
London: Lewisham Tony Benn, the Labour Party and socialism Wed 23 Apr, 7.30pm West Greenwich Community and Arts Centre, 141 Greenwich High Rd (near Greenwich main line and DLR Station), SE10 8JA
Capitalism and crisis—an introduction to Marxist economics Wed 30 Apr, 7.30pm
London: Newham Was Russia ever socialist? Wed 23 Apr, 7pm Stratford Advice Arcade, 107-109 The Grove (next to Morrisons car park), E15 1HP
Imperialism in the 21st Century Wed 30 Apr, 7pm
London: Southwark 30 years since the Miners’ Strike—when the state declared war on the workers Thu 24 Apr, 7pm Snug Room, The Grand Union, 26 Camberwell Grove (off Camberwell Church St), SE5 8RE
Revolution in Europe—Portugal 1974 Thu 1 May, 7pm Barry’s Cafe (next to Peckham Rye station, under the arches), Peckham, SE15 4RX
London: Tottenham Neither Washington nor Moscow—the crisis in Ukraine Wed 23 Apr, 7.30pm Kitabevi Cafe, 410 Tottenham High Rd, N17 9JB
The threat of Ukip—how do we fight the racists? Wed 30 Apr, 7.30pm
London: Tower Hamlets Why we don’t trust the police Wed 23 Apr, 7pm Oxford House, Derbyshire St (opp Bethnal Green Rd Tesco), E2 6HG
1984-5—the miners and the strike that could have beaten Thatcher Wed 30 Apr, 7pm
London: Waltham Forest The Balkans 1914—the spark that lit the First World War Wed 23 Apr, 7.30pm Quaker Meeting House, 1a Jewel Rd (off Hoe St), E17 4QU
Did Lenin lead to Stalin? Wed 7 May, 7.30pm
London: Wandsworth and Merton 30 years since the Miners’ Strike—when the state declared war on the workers Wed 30 Apr, 7.30pm Tooting Grove Club Room, Effort St (next to St George’s Hospital), Tooting, SW17 0QR
Luton The threat of Ukip—how do we fight the racists? Wed 30 Apr, 8pm Stockwood Hotel, 41-43 Stockwood Crescent (via car park on London Rd), LU1 3SS
Manchester: Chorlton James Connolly and the 1916 Easter Rising Wed 23 Apr, 7.30pm Chorlton Library (side door), Manchester Rd, M21 9PN
Do we live in a democracy? Wed 30 Apr, 7.30pm
Manchester: Longsight and Levenshulme How should socialists organise today? Wed 30 Apr, 7.30pm Swad Cafe, 608 Stockport Rd (next to Immigration Law Centre), Longsight, M13 0RQ
Manchester: Rusholme What is alienation? Thu 24 Apr, 7.30pm Falafel Cafe (upstairs), Wilmslow Rd, M14 5TQ
Socialism, competition and sport Thu 1 May, 7.30pm
Medway The politics of mental health Thu 1 May, 7.30pm Conference room, Riverside Creative Hub, 13 Military Rd, Chatham, ME4 4JG
Middlesbrough How can Palestine be free? Thu 24 Apr, 7pm Room M6.02, 6th Floor, Middlesbrough Tower, Teesside Uni, TS1 3BA
The history of British imperialism in Ireland Thu 1 May, 7pm
Milton Keynes Immigration—the myths used to divide us Wed 23 Apr, 7.30pm Duncombe Street Community House, 39 Duncombe St, Bletchley, MK2 2LY
Newcastle Slavery and the roots of capitalism Thu 24 Apr, 7pm The Labour Club, 11 Leazes Park Rd, NE1 4PF
Class struggle and solidarity—Why we celebrate May Day Thu 1 May, 7pm
Norwich The 1917 Russian revolution Thu 24 Apr, 7.30pm Vauxhall Centre, Johnson Place, NR2 2SA
Class struggle and solidarity—Why we celebrate May Day Thu 1 May, 7.30pm
Nottingham The threat of Ukip—how do we fight the racists? Wed 23 Apr, 7.30pm International Community Centre, 61b Mansfield Rd, NG1 3FN
Class struggle and solidarity—Why we celebrate May Day Wed 30 Apr, 7.30pm
Oxford Art and alienation Wed 30 Apr, 7.30pm Michael Young Building, Manzil Way, Cowley Rd, OX4 1YH
Portsmouth The rebels and revolts that ended slavery Wed 23 Apr, 7.30pm Southsea Community Centre, St Paul’s Square, PO5 4EE
Marxism and human nature Wed 30 Apr, 7.30pm
Rotherham How do we stand up to Ukip? Wed 30 Apr, 7pm Bridge Inn, Greasbrough Rd (near bus and train stations), S60 1RB
St Albans Neither Washington nor Moscow—the crisis in Ukraine Wed 23 Apr, 7.30pm Trinity Church Hall (upstairs), 1 Beaconsfield Rd (near St Albans City station), AL1 3RD
Sheffield: city centre Capitalism and carnage—lessons from the First World War Thu 24 Apr, 7pm Central United Reformed Church, 60 Norfolk St (near Crucible theatre), S1 2JB
James Connolly—the 1916 Easter Rising and the fight against imperialism Thu 1 May, 7pm
Sheffield: North The police, racism and corruption Wed 23 Apr, 7.30pm Burngreave Ashram and New Roots Cafe, 86 Spital Hill (corner of Hallcar St), Burngreave, S4 7LG
What do socialists say about the First World War Wed 30 Apr, 7.30pm
Southampton The facts and myths about population Wed 23 Apr, 7.30pm High Street Cafe, 153 High St, SO14 2BT
The threat of Ukip—how do we fight the racists? Wed 30 Apr, 7.30pm
Swansea Chavs—the demonisation of the working class Thu 1 May, 7.30pm Brynmill Community Centre, St Albans Rd, SA2 0BP
Wigan Peter Seeger—songs for every struggle Wed 23 Apr, 7pm Sunshine House Community Centre, Bradshawgate, Vauxhall Rd, Scholes, WN1 3LU
Is there a parliamentary road to socialism? Wed 30 Apr, 7pm
Wolverhampton and Walsall Neither Washington nor Moscow—the crisis in Ukraine Wed 23 Apr, 7.30pm Grain Store, King St, Wolverhampton WV1 1ST
What is Marxist economics? Wed 7 May, 7.30pm
York James Connolly and the 1916 Easter Rising Wed 23 Apr, 7.30pm Sea Horse Hotel, 4 Fawcett St, YO10 4AH
Where is Cuba heading? Wed 30 Apr, 7.30pm
 

Movement events

area title time venue
National Marxism 2014
marxismfestival.org.uk
Thu 10 Jul - Mon 14 Jul Central London
Dorchester The Miners’ Strike 30 years on
Organised by Dorset Socialists
Sat 3 May, 1.30pm Colliton Club, (opposite County Hall), Colliton Park, DT1 1XJ.
London: Waltham Forest London’s housing crisis
Speakers include - John Cryer (Leyton and Wanstead MP), Heather Wakefield (Unison Head of Local Government), Eileen Short (Defend Council Housing Campaign), Rosie Walker (Waltham Forest Renters)
Meeting supported by Waltham Forest Trades Council, Waltham Forest People’s Assembly and Unite the Resistance
Wednesday 30 Apr, 7.15pm Leytonstone Library, Church Lane, E11 1HG

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