Solidarity (Scotland)

Solidarity (Scotland)

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Solidarity (Scotland)

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Solidarity (full name Solidarity – Scotland's Socialist Movement) is a political party in Scotland, launched on September 3, 2006 as a breakaway from the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) in the aftermath of Tommy Sheridan's libel action. Formed by two of the Scottish Socialist Party's six MSPs, Tommy Sheridan and Rosemary Byrne, it has been backed by the Socialist Workers Party and the International Socialists (Scottish section of the CWI; both former SSP platforms. In March 2009, Solidarity joined No to the EU – Yes to Democracy, a left-wing alter-globalisation coalition led by RMT union leader Bob Crow, for the 2009 European Parliament elections. In advance of the 2010 General Elections, Solidarity joined the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition. On the 23rd of December 2010, Solidarity leader Tommy Sheridan was convicted of perjury during the aforementioned 2006 libel action. Sheridan was sentenced to three years imprisonment on 26th January 2011.

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On its launch, the party described itself as being an open, democratic, bottom-up party as a response to the perceived lack of the same in the SSP, and because Sheridan claimed that due to the depth of division within the SSP between its leadership on the one hand and his supporters on the other that the SSP had "run out of breath". The launch rally held in September...
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