Left on the RISE
Group set to launch in Rutherglen
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.”