Letter to Socialist Party members
Perhaps my actions confuse you, perhaps you think I’m too harsh with my comrades, perhaps you doubt if sexual assault is sufficiently serious to merit expulsion when specifically requested by the survivor / victim herself. I don’t know all of your perhaps or buts yet I will do my best to address any concerns you have about me or my intentions r.e. recent events in the Socialist Party concerning the E.C. and myself over a series of letters I will write to you all.
At every stage since I’ve gone public I’ve tried my best to state my political position clearly – I’m a firm supporter of the C.W.I. and I hate NOT being a member – nevertheless misunderstandings are possible. The most effective form of communication is verbal, face to face discussion, which does not share the drawbacks of the written, electronic form. In marked contrast to my many comrade friends and supporters from the party rank and file, the Socialist Party LEADERSHIP stopped contacting some time ago although I’d fought hard to remain an active member up until mid March this year, despite the difficutlies I was experiencing with the Welsh leadership. This is why I took the path of internet campaigner as I was effectively blocked out by my comrades.
Whilst I’d privately discussed with close confidants the possibility I might resign at certain points of high personal distress (e.g after I’d come back from a Congress during which the majority of welsh comrades chose not to speak to me most of the time – as if I was no longer a fellow comrade even then) but NEVER seriously entertained leaving the party I’d dedicated myself too and to an intensity and degree which meant some friends, co trade unionists and workmates struggled to comprehend. Perhaps you can relate to this last bit at least.
Until the E.C. decided to allow Les to pursue a formal complaint against me as if we were no better than each other, sexual predator and attacker with the same rights as party member as me, his survivor or if you will, victim. This is the reason why I resigned and stopped taking part in the Appeals process which several comrades have raised with me privately since.
The E.C.’s decision to publicly suuport both Les and Steve Hedley is so fucked up I remain amazed at otherwise supportive party comrades who continue to argue I should have participated in this farce, no matter the huge distress it would cause to me.
Yes, the SP Appeals Committee may well have ruled in my favour and yes it’s theoretically independent of the E.C. (the SP Appeals Committee is elected from rank and file party members annually at congress – I voted for them all this year as a delegate from Cardiff South branch) but the point is this:
By the time I recieved Hannah’s long email to me which she addressed to fifty Socialist Party members I was exhausted, back in depression and anxiety after recent progress and at my lowest point yet. I do not know even how to convey the depths to which this letter pains me right now, nevermind when I first read it on the Monday night. I could no long take it anymore – this has been eleven months of my life already and I want my life back now. Unfortunately for this long life marxist communist socialist feminist revolutionary, my best chance of recovery is outside the party I had hoped so much I could help lead in struggle, perhaps this situation could change sometime – I dearly hope that this is possible,
Les is not solely responsible from my problems or ‘woes’; rather his assault was one assault too many when I was already in a diffcult place at the time following a relationship break up and a mentally abusive and bullying male house mate who I had the misfortune to live with at the time of Les’ assault (now gone). And yeah, he was a socialist too. Just FANtastic, eh?
Likewise Les will not stop me surviving him and recovering so I can once again return some of my energy to active socialist struggle yes, but above all, leave this shit behind and be a stronger, wiser and more rounded person and comrade,
In solidarity and struggle,
Viva La revolution
6 thoughts on “A message to members of the Socialist Party England and Wales – part 1”
Ok, why can’t parties leave sexual assault to the bloody police, all the best and I hope you’re doing well 🙂
my campaign being i contacted 50 comrades via email / fb about Steve Hedley a few Saturdays ago. Later in the thread I raised my own complaint against Les. I did not tell these comrades I was pursuing an appeals complaint against Les for his expulsion. Meanwhile Les thinks it’s reasonable to ask my to be silent about his sexual assault.
Les complained about my campaign against him taking part in Socialist Party activities, including his attendance at the TUC lobby yesterday. My complaint against Les (to the appeal cte) was that he be banned from attending so that I could attend and not have to see him again and that he be expelled. They were going to hear both of our complaints yesterday in London, after the lobby. Yet they claim they did not pre-judge the outcome of the appeal – even though Les was clearly to be present at the lobby itself, presumably BEFORE the 2 seperate Appeals Committee meetings in the afternoon, I’m guessing. Yes, really. xx
EC allowed Les’ formal complaint – any more details?
‘clarificarion’? eh, clarification
point of clarificarion – I meant ‘The WELSH Socialist Party leadership stopped contacting me sometime ago’. The E.C. and Hannah remained in contact with me until the day of my resignation, all the best, Sara