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CWM National Conference: A Success

Issued: New Age, No. 1, September 1978
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The Communist Workers’ Movement held its second National Conference in a northern city on the 16th-17th September.

The Conference received messages of greetings from the Revolutionary Communist League of Britain and the Association of Indian Communists (Britain) Marxist-Leninists. It heard reports from National Committee members summing up the positive and negative sides of our work in the past year. Conference believed that greater importance had to be given to uniting the organization more solidly through political and ideological struggle. Members of the outgoing National Committee took a leading part in criticism and self-criticism concerning their methods of leadership in the past.

The Conference amended the Constitution and adopted a new programme. The programme attaches central importance to building a genuine Marxist-Leninist party. It shows the necessity for the working class to carry out socialist revolution, stating that the main contradiction in Britain today is between the working class and the monopoly capitalist class. It calls for equality of rights and opportunities between men and women. It opposes racism and warns of the danger of fascism and of a new world war, pinpointing the two superpowers as the main enemies of the world's peoples, and showing that the Soviet Union is the more dangerous, more aggressive of the two. It calls for the preparation of civil defence facilities against the threat of war. The programme calls for complete British withdrawal from Ireland and the right to self-determination for the Welsh and Scottish nations.

The programme of the CWM is a weapon to take up and use well in the fight for a new Marxist-Leninist party and a socialist federal republic of Britain.

Excerpts from the programme will be published in forthcoming issues of “New Age”, and the full text of the programme and constitution will be published for the New Year.

The second conference was a success which provides the CWM with a sounder basis for advancing in the year to come.