It is with great pleasure that we are able to bring you our archive of papers, pamphlets and journals of the Workers Socialist League, or the “Thornett Clique” as its detractors would have it!
This has been a collective effort and, whilst far from complete or comprehensive, it does represent a substantial collection.
The origins of the WSL lie in the expulsion by the WRP of some 200 members in 1974, comprising the bulk of its industrial base in Cowley. This group, led by Alan Thornett, John Lister and Tony Richardson went on to form the WSL on the basis of a return to the method of Trotsky’s Transitional Programme, as they saw it.
The WSL quickly established a fortnightly, later weekly, newspaper, Socialist Press and maintained itself for six years until fusing with Matgamna’s International Communist League. Both groups by then operating within the Labour Party. The new organisation maintained the name WSL but Socialist Press fused with the broader paper Socialist Organiser.
Our collection contains a substantial run of Socialist Press– 143 copies including number 1 and the final issue 254.
We also have all 13 of the Trotskyism Today pull-out theoretical supplement to the paper as well as the four issues of Trotskyism Today magazine.
You will also find a substantial number of pamphlets both from Socialist Press / WSL and also from the Socialist Youth League. Additionally we have copies of Red Youth, the later period youth publication and Workers Socialist Review, the ‘post-fusion’ theoretical magazine.
Othe items of note are bulletins of the Trotskyist international Liaison Committee (TILC) and a couple of issues Woman Worker, the pull-out supplement paper. We would very much like to find further issues of WW, TILC publications and Red Youth.
You will note we have an empty place-holder folder for a jornal called Marxist Student which is advertised in Socialist Press but which has not yet come to light…