Left on the RISE

Group set to launch in Ruther­glen

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

main­stream par­ties choose to op­er­ate within and have pre­vi­ously pro­posed rad­i­cal ap­proaches to drugs and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion.

“Left unity was one of our aims when found­ing the SSP and al­ly­ing with oth­ers in RISE is a nat­u­ral con­clu­sion fol­low­ing talks be­tween our­selves and peo­ple like Cat Boyd and Jonathan Shafi from RIC.

“The Scot­tish Par­lia­ment needs a rad­i­cal so­cial­ist edge that has been miss­ing for too long.

“We hope peo­ple who agree with this will come along and hear two bril­liant young ac­tivists speak about how RISE can help change Scot­land for the bet­ter.”

The launch of RISE in Ruther­glen has not been with­out con­tro­versy how­ever.

For­mer SSP branch sec­re­tary, David McCle­mont quit the party af­ter it en­tered into the al­liance, ac­cus­ing them of be­ing more con­cerned with the SNP than the Tories and say­ing it is an at­tempt to find a “short cut” to elec­toral suc­cess.

How­ever, in a let­ter to the Re­former de­fend­ing the de­ci­sion, new branch sec­re­tary David Steven­son in­sisted: “While sig­nif­i­cant po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences re­main be­tween the pro-in­de­pen­dence par­ties, there are many who en­gaged in­di­vid­u­ally or through the Rad­i­cal In­de­pen­dence Cam­paign ( RIC) who have much in com­mon with the SSP.”

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