New Year: New Branches

2014 has been a phenomenal year for the Scottish Socialist Party. Thousands of new people have applied to join, and dozens of new branches have sprung up across the length and breadth of Scotland. Many of them, have done so in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Since the end of the referendum much work has been done on helping to form the necessary branch structures across Scotland for all members to be fully able to have the opportunities and the space to contribute, develop and have their voices heard.


By the end of 2014 therefore, SSP branch covering Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian had grown far too large to effectively function as a single branch, into two new branches. The historic decision was therefore taken in December 2014 to divide the ever-expanding old branch, into two new ones:

  • Edinburgh South and Midlothian,
  • Edinburgh North and East Lothian,

Over the next few days and weeks, this site will be updated to cover the new Edinburgh South and Midlothian branch. Facebook and twitter accounts are also on the way for the new branch!


The new Edinburgh South and Midlothian branch will be holding its first meeting on Thursday the 15th of January, at 7pm in the Nelson hall. By the 15th a new e-mail address will be established for the branch, but until then, any queries may be addressed to, interim branch secretary, Calum Martin at:




National Council

Members of the Edinburgh’s SSP will be heading to Glasgow for a special National Council this Saturday, to put the technical points of our 2011 Holyrood election campaign through the democratic process.  Unfortunately this means that there will be no Princes Street stall this Saturday, but if you want to get involved, or just have a question, you can still get in touch with us at

Campaigning Against the Occupation, 3rd July

We can be found outside the former Marks and Spencer (soon-to-be Primark) near the west end of Princes Street this Saturday (3rd July) from around 12 noon until 1:30pm. Interested in the party and what it’s up to, or just want to sign the petition against the war? Feel free to drop by for a chat.

Public Meeting, 22nd April: Say no to cuts in public services, bring the troops home from Afghanistan

When: Thursday 22nd April, 7.30pm

Where: Murray Suite, ‘The Westsider’, , Wester Hailes


Colin Fox, SSP National spokesman & Parliamentary candidate for Edinburgh South West

John McAllion, Former Labour MP & now SSP

Campaigner from ‘Platform Adult Learning Centre’, in Wester Hailes

Additional Information: Everyone is welcome (and encouraged!) to attend.  If you have any questions feel free to get in touch with us at

Branch Meeting, 15th April

Edinburgh South and North branches hold their monthly joint meeting this Thursday on the 15th of April, at 7:30pm in Nelson Hall, 5 Spittalfield Crescent, Edinburgh (EH8 9QZ).  Discussion will focus on the general election and our work around it.

If you are interested in attending you can get in touch with us at

Branch Meeting 4th March

Next Meeting/Event Branch Meeting, 4th March Edinburgh South branch holds its first meeting of March this Thursday (4th) at 7:30pm in Nelson Hall, 5 Spittalfield Crescent, Edinburgh (EH8 9QZ). Discussion will focus around the election campaign in Edinburgh South-West.

If you are interested in attending you can get in touch with us at

SSP Supports RMT Strike

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) went on strike yesterday over safety concerns, as Scotrail management attempts to make dangerous cutbacks.  The SSP stands 100% behind the union in defence of our public services.

You can read more about the strike from Colin Fox, who joined union activists at Waverley Station yesterday:

And from Richie Venton, the SSP’s national workplace organiser: