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:




Fighting for a Fairer Society

Burdiehouse Primary, closed by the SNP/Lib Dem Council

The past month has been a busy one for the SSP in Edinburgh, with our continuing anti-war and anti-cuts work combining with the by-election in Liberton and Gilmerton.  Standing on a platform of opposing the cuts and scrapping the council tax we put three different leaflets out in he constituency, and we were rewarded by a 64% increase in our vote, and a multitude of second preferences, coming in particular from Labour, SNP and Independent voters.

We now have nine months to convince voters that neither Labour nor the SNP will seriously oppose the incoming draconian cuts (made clear by the cuts that both of these parties have made in councils across the country and in national government), or create a fairer tax system where the rich pay their share.

You can read a full analysis of the results at SSP National Co-Spokesperson, Colin Fox’s, blog:

Edinburgh South Council By-Election

Colin Fox joins striking postal workers to oppose New Labour's attempts to privatise the Royal Mail last year.

By Colin Fox,

I am delighted to have been selected as the Scottish Socialist Party’s candidate to fight the forthcoming City Council by-election in the Liberton/Gilmerton ward of Edinburgh.
I live in the area and have been an active campaigner here for the past 15 years. This ward is amongst the poorest in the city and it has been deprived of investment and support for many years. If Edinburgh is the second richest city in Britain then you wouldn’t know it living in the Liberton/Gilmerton ward.

Read the rest of this post at Colin’s blog: