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RISE – Scotland’s Left Alliance

RISE – Scotland’s Left Alliance is a left-wing electoral alliance created ahead of the 2016 Scottish Parliament general election . The name is a contrived acronym standing for R espect, Independence, S ocialism and E nvironmentalism.

The alliance has been formally established at the conference in Glasgow on 29 August 2015. The Scottish Socialist Party is affiliated to the 2016 election, [2] in which RISE has been elected.

History

Shortly after the Scottish independence referendum , the Scottish Left Project was launched in October 2014 as a “grassroots forum for left-wing ideas and talent”. [3] Its website contained an “opening statement” signed by 22 activists, which others are encouraged to sign.

The initial signatories included members of the International Socialist Group , a splinter from the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) whose figureheads, Cat Boyd and Jonathon Shafi, emerged as the SLP’s main spokespersons, [4] and some members of the Scottish Socialist Party(SSP ). The statement called for a “co-ordinated socialist challenge” in the 2016 elections and included commitments to ” crowdsource policies” and holds “a citizens’ audit of the debt that is imprisoning our national finances”. [5]

The SSP later in the Scottish Left Project. [6] Training MSP Frances Curran was among prominent SSP members arguing for participation in the proposed alliance, while Allan Grogan and Liam McLaughlan, who were prominent over the course of the referendum campaign, were among 38 members who signed an open letter arguing against move, stating that there is no shortcuts to a strong left-wing opposition. [7] [8]

The Herald reported that the new alliance was “likely to be dominated by the SSP”, [4] which would be the largest component of a new arrangement. In July 2015, the Republican Communist Network , which is organized into the SSP until 2012, added its support. [9]

On 7 June 2015, the Sunday Herald will reveal the name of the RISE – Scotland’s Left Alliance. [10] An inaugural conference was held at the Glasgow Marriott on Saturday 29 August. [11]

The inaugural conference Was Addressed by speakers Including the author Alan Bissett , Spokesperson SSP Colin Fox and Independent MSP Jean Urquhart . [12]

A further conference is convened to be held in December to establish the alliance’s policy platform and structure. [13] At this conference they announced their intention to field candidates in all regions of Scotland. [14]

The Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) has been affiliated with the alliance for the Scottish Parliament election 2016, but otherwise retains its autonomy as an independent political party . [15] [16]

In December 2015, Scottish National Party (SNP) MPP Jim Sillars said he would support the SNP with his constituency vote and RISE with his regional vote, adding: “If Colin Fox is on the list for Rise, I will be voting supporting Colin Fox on the list system. ” [17]

In early January 2016, RISE announced its regional lists of candidates for seven electoral regions. [18] A RISE candidate in the Lothian region later resigned, following its involvement with the defamation and perjury trials of Tommy Sheridan . [19]

In April 2016 they released their manifesto. [20] The party set out their vision of a trident -free independent Scottish republic. [21]

At the 2016 election, they polled 10,911 in total across Scotland and none of their candidates were returned. The SSP has been decided to re-evaluate and re-focus away from RISE and instead works on growing its own influence and authority. [22] In September 2016, RISE announced plans to make politics more accessible, including regular political-themed dance club events and a new website. [23]

In May 2017, the party unsuccessfully attended the Motherwell West ward, at the North Lanarkshire Council election . [24]

Electoral performance

Scottish Parliament

Election # of 2nd votes % of 2nd vote # of overall seats won +/- Position Outcome Notes
2016 10.911 0.5 (# 9)

0/129

 0 N / A Not in Parliament

References

  1. Jump up^ http://search.electoralcommission.org.uk/Registrations/PP2871
  2. ^ Jump up to:b “RISE, Scots left-wing electoral alliance launches” . The Scotsman . August 29, 2015 . Retrieved 7 December 2015 .
  3. Jump up^ Gordon, Tom (12 October 2014). “By the Left … new group aims for socialist MSPs in 2016” . Sunday Herald . Retrieved 5 December 2015 .
  4. ^ Jump up to:b Gordon, Tom (24 May 2015). ” ‘ Scottish Syriza’ to stand at Holyrood next election” . Sunday Herald . Retrieved 24 June 2015 .
  5. Jump up^ “Opening Statement” . Scottish Left Project . Retrieved 24 June 2015 .
  6. Jump up^ “Scottish Socialists back building new left alliance” . May 25, 2015 . Retrieved 24 June 2015 .
  7. Jump up^ “An Open Letter Looking at the Scottish Left Project” . redleftscotland.blogspot.co.uk . May 18, 2015 . Retrieved 24 June 2015 .
  8. Jump up^ Gray, Michael (19 May 2015). “SSP conference” . commonspace.scot . Common Space . Retrieved 24 June 2015 .
  9. Jump up^ “The RCN and the Scottish Left Project” . republicancommunist.org . August 12, 2015 . Retrieved 1 September 2015 .
  10. Jump up^ Gordon, Tom (7 June 2015). “Revealed: Scottish left party named RISE”. The Herald . Retrieved 23 August 2015 .
  11. Jump up^ “RISE, Scots left-wing alliance alliance, launches” . The Scotsman . August 29, 2015 . Retrieved 31 August 2015 .
  12. Jump up^ Bell, Ian (30 August 2015). “The irresistible rise of the left” . The Herald . Retrieved 12 July 2016 .
  13. Jump up^ Gordon, Tom (29 November 2015). “Scotland’s Syriza promises radical socialist manifesto for Holyrood election” . Sunday Herald . Retrieved 5 December 2015 .
  14. Jump up^ Nutt, Kathleen (18 December 2015). “Rise alliance to launch £ 100k fundraising bid for Holyrood elections push” . The National . Retrieved 12 July 2016 .
  15. Jump up^ “Scotland’s Socialist Party in Scotland’s Left Alliance” . Scottish Socialist Party . August 23, 2015 . Retrieved 31 August 2015 .
  16. Jump up^ Bonnar, Katie (30 August 2015). “Katie Bonnar:” The SSP is the voice of socialism in RISE ” ” . glasgowsouthssp.org . Retrieved 31 August 2015 .
  17. Jump up^ “SNP stalwart Jim Sillars is backing radical left group Rise with his list vote” . The National . 4 December 2015 . Retrieved 4 December 2015 .
  18. Jump up^ “RISE List Candidates for May’s Holyrood Election” . January 6, 2016 . Retrieved 27 January 2016 .
  19. Jump up^ Hutcheon, Paul; Gordon, Tom (24 January 2016). “Sheridan Tommy will quit politics if he loses at Holyrood 2016” . The Herald . Retrieved 27 January 2016 .
  20. Jump up^ “RISE manifesto 2016: key points” . Holyrood . 20 April 2016 . Retrieved 12 July 2016 .
  21. Jump up^ Brooks, Libby (19 April 2016). “Scotland’s new leftwing party launches vision for trident-free republic” . The Guardian . Retrieved 13 July 2016 .
  22. Jump up^ Exclusive: Scottish Socialist Party “re-evaluates” Rise alliance strategy. CommonSpace. Published 14 June 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  23. Jump up^ Gordon, Tom (4 September 2016). “RISE alliance plans permanent social hub in Glasgow” . The Sunday Herald . Retrieved 19 September 2016 .
  24. Jump up^ “Julie is first to RISE in council election” . Motherwell Times . April 28, 2017 . Retrieved 16 July 2017 .

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