Saturday, 20 April 2013

London Regional Organiser Steve Squire keeping London alive

London Regional Organiser Steve Squire
Undoubtedly, in the last three years, the organisation has sailed through choppy seas and when many thought that everything would be lost, a select few stood up and were counted to keep the London Region moving forward with London Regional Organiser Steve Squire at the helm.

On Wednesday, I happened to meet  a team of Swedish journalists that came to London to learn about the works of the organisation and of course they asked the usual questions about how the organisation manages to survive without financial aide provided by Trade Unions or big capitalist donors.

The answer is plain and simply. Apart from periods of elections like last year's GLA election, Central Office does not provide any kind of funding for activities in London. Funding in London comes from London members and people like Steve Squire that has indefatigably invested not only in the London Region but also provided financial assistance to the organisation as a whole.

There are basically four working branches in the London Region - Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Bexley and Croydon and efforts are being made to develop a branch in Lewisham. Nothing is easy but some London activists still find the necessary energy to go out of London and support other regions that are now facing local elections in May.


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