BBC HOMEPAGE | NEWS | WORLD SERVICE | SPORT | MY BBC help
news vote 2001search vote 2001
 You are in: Vote2001: Parties
VOTE2001 
Main Issues 
Features 
Crucial Seats 
Key People 
Parties 
Results &  Constituencies 
Candidates 
Opinion Polls 
Online 1000 
Virtual Vote 
Talking Point 
Forum 
AudioVideo 
Programmes 
Voting System 
Local Elections 
Nations 

N Ireland 
Scotland 
Wales 

BBC News

BBC Sport

BBC Weather
Friday, 25 May, 2001, 09:30 GMT 10:30 UK
Socialist Labour Party

One of the key pledges of Arthur Scargill's Socialist Labour Party is a four-day working week.

The party formed in 1996 when Mr Scargill says Labour "abandoned any pretence of being a socialist party... and openly embraced capitalism".

The SLP is putting up 114 candidates at the election.


New Labour has proved a willing handmaiden to multinational corporations and bodies like the International Monetary Fund which preside over global poverty, illiteracy, disease, war and pollution

Arthur Scargill
Miners' leader Mr Scargill - who is standing in Hartlepool against Labour's Peter Mandelson - describes his party as the "political heir" to the miners' strike of the mid-1980s.

He is vehemently opposed to the European Union, as "an exclusive capitalist club" and to the single currency.

The party would not only pull out of the EU, it would disband Nato and end Britain's "slavish support" to US foreign policy.

A nation led by Mr Scargill would abolish the monarchy and the House of Lords.

Haven for refugees

The party would end Britain's presence in Northern Ireland and lift the blockades against Cuba and Iraq.

Socialist Labour Party Leader, Arthur Scargill
Socialist Labour Party Leader, Arthur Scargill
Mr Scargill would also like Britain to become a haven for refugees fleeing injustice and oppression.

He told BBC News Online that: "New Labour has proved a willing handmaiden to multinational corporations and bodies like the International Monetary Fund which preside over global poverty, illiteracy, disease, war and pollution."

The party will be fielding 116 candidates across the country, including 12 in Scotland and 5 in Wales.

 A/V CONSOLE
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
PARTY PROFILES

PARTY WEB LINKS



The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

©BBC