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Brian Butterworth-Brent East Socialist Alliance-against war and privatisation

brian butterworth | 07.09.2003 04:48 | No War F15 | Anti-militarism | Repression | London

Brent East Socialist Alliance-Brian Butterworth-Against war and against privatisation.
Brent East By-election candidate-End the illegal occupation now.

‘I am standing in this election for peace and public services and against war and privatisation.

The war on Iraq was for oil and US domination of the Middle East. I want an end to the illegal occupation of Iraq by coalition forces. Blair must go.

This election is also about the disastrous policy of privatisation, the failure to restore the state pension, the scandal of SATs and tuition fees, the state of our transport system and the scapegoating of asylum seekers.

I’ve been campaigning for the rights of working people in Brent for 20 years. The voters of Brent East can’t trust the Lib Dems or Labour, but they can trust me.’

Brian Butterworth

Notes for editors:

1) Brian Butterworth was selected as the Socialist Alliance candidate for Brent East on 29th July 2003.
2) Brian is the secretary of the largest trade union in Brent, Brent Unison
3) Brian is chair of Brent Stop the War Coalition


Reply from Socialist Alliance Candidate Brian Butterworth

1. Could you please inform us as to what view you took of the background to the war and the period leading up to the invasion of Iraq by allied forces?
This was a war of choice for George Bush (and his willing helper Tony Blair). The group of ultra conservative and oil rich advisors around the White House are committed to the ‘New American Century’. The aim of this project is to ensure worldwide economic and political dominance of the US, and they have now placed the use of military force at its centre.

2. What was your view at the time regarding whether or not Bush and Blair should have attempted to achieve a second vote at the Security Council of the U.N. before carrying out any military action?
I opposed war with or without UN backing. The attempt to get a second resolution was just an attempt to give spurious legitimacy to an act of imperialist banditry.

3. Do you consider that there were/are any breaches of International law and International agreements as a result of the actions by allied forces? What is your view that if this is/ was the case, then those responsible should be prosecuted under international law?
This was an illegal war, illegitimate and unjustified war. I regard Blair and Bush as war criminals. They are responsible for the death of thousands of people. They should be brought to justice.

4. Did you at any time have an opportunity to record your vote on these issues? If so could you inform us as to how you voted and on what you specifically voted?
I voted with my feet, by mobilising for and attending all the anti-war demonstrations. The important thing now is to build the demonstration on September 27th to call for an end to the occupation of Iraq and Freedom for Palestine.

5. What is your view about whether or not there were/ are Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq and who do you think is responsible for them?
There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq at the time of the war. The Bush gang made it clear that only reason they talked up WMD was because it was the only reason they could all agree on. They lied, and they knew they were lying.

6. The situation in the Middle East is said to be made less politically stable as a result of these events. What is your view on this? Do you feel this has further undermined or strengthened the peace process in the region?
The situation in Iraq is a catastrophe. This is matched only by the horrors taking place in Israel and the Palestinian territories. Israel’s war on the Palestinians makes a mockery of the phrase ‘peace process’. I do not believe there can be peace in the Middle East until the Palestinians get justice and US and UK Imperialism gets out of the region.

7. What is your view on the post war redevelopment and reconstruction prospects for Iraq and how is that, in your view, best achieved?
Four months after the war both water and electricity supplies are still disrupted. If this is a measure of the desire of the occupying forces to redevelop Iraq, the prospects are grim indeed. The first requirement is the complete withdrawal of US, British and all foreign forces out of Iraq. It should be for the Iraqi people themselves to determine their country’s future. Iraq sits on the second biggest supply of oil in the world. This is not, or does not need to be, an impoverished country. Two wars and a decade of sanctions have rendered it so.

8. In respect to the Hutton Inquiry, would you comment on what you think will come out of this and what you think should come out of it.
Blair should resign. Just yesterday it was revealed by the MOD that the question of the 45 minutes was talked up by Number 10. This whole enquiry shows that we were lied to, that a war of conquest was fought in our name, but against our will, that thousands of people have died, and it is time the politicians responsible were brought to account.

9. What is your view of the detention of those people held by the Americans at Guantanamo Bay, and what do you think the British government should do about the British nationals and long-term residents among them?
This is an act of state terror and kidnap. Blair and Straw should send a plane and demand their return. They are only too willing to charter planes to deport refugees, so this should not be beyond them.

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07.09.2003 15:40

Whilst I wish the SA luck, I can't help but think this wil yield yet another dissillusioning low result, especially if they're relying on leaflet drops as opposed to actual engagement with local communities.


Brent East by-election

10.09.2003 21:42

For information on the candidates in the Brent East by-election, visit

Rob Macarthur
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Brent East Socialist Alliance election rally

16.09.2003 05:38

>Phone 07940 510 906
>At a packed election rally held in the Pakistan Workers Centre,(Willesden
>Green) last night(Mon 15th Sept),with over 100 local activists and local
>Socialist Alliance supporters present,speaker after speaker explained why
>they were supporting Brian Butterworth in the Brent East by-election.
>Asad Rehman,( Stop the War Coalition, speaking in a personal capacity), made
>the link between the struggles against privatisation and the billions of
>pounds of tax payers money wasted on an illegal occupation of Iraq. He
>reminded the audience that the 2 million who marched on the streets against
>the war in London will not forget Blair's record and vote New Labour.
>Ken Loach reminded everyone of the struggles world wide and pointed to the
>events taking place against the WTO.
>"Think globally,organise locally".
>Paul Foot pointed out how in the past Socialists would call for a vote for
>Labour to keep the Tories out but how at each stage Labour then carried out
>Tory policies."Enough is enough and Blair is the most Tory of them all".
>"A vote for the Lib Dems is a wasted vote as they are also another Tory
>party.That is why you must vote for Brian for he is an honest Socialist who
>you can trust".
>CherylTownsend,a Brent community leader/advocate,condemned the way Brent
>Labour Cllrs and M.P.'S have let the whole community down and decimated the
>many local community groups through their policies."We must all unite across
>Brent and not allow ourselves be divided."
>Eamonn McCann author of War and an Irish Town gave a rousing speech
>condemning the role of the Labour Government ministers in covering up the
>role of the army in the Bloody Sunday massacres. He pointed out that the
>same Paratroop regiment responsible for those events are also responsible
>for similar events in Sierre Leonn and are now stationed in Basra today. Has
>anything changed.In calling for justice for the victims of the British
>army's actions, Eamonn condemmned those Labour Ministers responsible for
>these injustices.
>Linda Smith FBU London Regional Treasurer,in chairing the rally then called
>on various local supporters for contributions. Peter Carrol, pensioner and
>member of the London Pensioners organisation, told how pensioners were
>suffering under New Labour and called for pensions to be raised. " I was a
>Labour Party member but now I support Brian and the Socialist Alliance."
>Anne Drinkle, a local health worker told the audience how"Labour is putting
>lives at risk as a result of its privatisation plans for the health
>Brian Butterworth, our candidate, exposed the hypocracy of Lab, Libs and
>Tories in the election. He also made it clear that we must make sure after
>the election, no matter what happens on the night, that we never again have
>4 anti-war candidates standing against each other."We must look at what
>unites us and not what divides us and move forward together."
>A collection raised over £600 for the election campaign and many signed up
>to canvass for Brian over the remaining few days.
>Everyone agreed that this campaign was just the begining and that the S.A.
>was going to continue to build for the 27th Sept anti-war demo, support the
>postal workers and other groups of trade unionists in their fights for
>decent pay and campaign for the forthcoming GLA and Euro elections.

Brian Butterworth