Wednesday, May 26, 1999 Published at 10:29 GMT 11:29 UK
The Communist Party of Great Britain was prevented by the registrar of political parties from contesting the European elections under its official name. It is doing so as Weekly Worker instead. The party is standing candidates in the London and North West regions.
Weekly Worker is contesting the European elections on a platform that includes:
The Balkans war
Stop Nato bombing now.
For Kosovar self-determination and independence.
The KLA has the right to arm itself and fight for its people's rights.
Open the borders to the refugees.
End the corrupt system of unelected European commissioners.
We need a popularly elected constituent assembly of the EU.
For the instant recallability of all elected EU officials. They should receive no more than the average skilled workers' wage.
For trade union and party unity in the EU in the struggle for both democracy and socialism.
For a federal republic of England, Scotland and Wales.
Abolish the monarchy, House of Lords and all hereditary privilege.
For proportional representation.
Separate the Church of England from the state.
Britain has no role in Ireland. It must withdraw immediately, leaving the Irish people free to determine their own future.
Scotland and Wales
For Scottish and Welsh parliaments with full powers up to and including the right to become independent.
Free contraception and abortion on demand.
Free, high-quality, 24-hour nurseries.
Law and order
Repeal all laws against drugs. At a stroke, this would dramatically reduce crime.
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