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Lindsey Ann German
''Evening Standard'' (This is London), 14 May 2004
(born 1951) is a British left-wing political activist. A founding member and convenor of the British anti-war organisation
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, she was formerly a member of the Socialist Workers Party, sitting on its central committee and editor of its magazine, ''
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''. German has twice stood as a left-wing candidate for
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, coming fifth in 2004, and as the
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mayoral candidate in the May 2008 elections. In February 2010, following "increasing disenchantment" with the leadership, she resigned from the SWP, after 37 years membership.


Early life and activities

Lindsey German was born in London in 1951 and educated in
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at Vyners, then a grammar school.Emma Griffith
"Anti-war hopeful's inequality focus"
BBC News, 9 April 2008
In 1970 she attended the "Stop the '70 Tour" demonstration organised by
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against the tour of the all-white
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. German joined the International Socialists (later the Socialist Workers Party) in 1972, the same year she began to read law at the
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."Candidates & Parties – Profile: "Lindsey German"
BBC News London, May 2008
She was active in the original National Abortion Campaign in April 1975, then responding to a parliamentary
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put forward by Glasgow Labour MP James White, and was involved in campaigns to achieve equal pay for women. German had become a full-time official by 1977 for what was now the Socialist Workers Party and a member of the party's central committee.


Stop the War and Respect

German was involved in setting up the
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in September 2001. It was established to oppose the war in Afghanistan and later Iraq. German became convenor of the Stop the War Coalition, speaking at meetings and demonstrations. In January 2004, German supported the move to form
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, which included the SWP and other opponents of the war in Iraq, including Muslim groups and which stood as a left alternative to the
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in elections. At the SWP's Marxism 2003 event she commented: "I'm in favour of defending gay rights, ..but I am not prepared to have it as a shibboleth, reated bypeople who . . . regard the state of Israel as somehow a viable presence." She was Respect's candidate for the London Mayoral election in June 2004, in addition to being first in the list for election to the
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. She came 5th in the mayoral election with 63,294 first and second preference votes (3.3% of the total) and in the assembly election came just below the 5% threshold in the top-up section (the assembly election followed the
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) which would have gained her a seat on the assembly. In the 2005 general election she was the Respect candidate for the
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, London, constituency and came second with 19.5% of the vote.


Leaves the SWP

On 18 April 2007 she was selected as Respect's candidate for the
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. However, a subsequent split within the organisation meant that German was not able to use the party's name in the election. Instead German stood as the candidate for Mayor and the assembly under the
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name, the SWP part of Respect, finishing in eighth place in the election to be mayor with 16,796 votes on first preference. According to journalist John Anderson, German was a leading figure promoting further ties between the SWP and various "reactionary Islamists" such as the Muslim Association of Britain and the British Muslim Initiative. German's employment by the SWP lasted until the January 2009 SWP party conference. At that conference the proposed slate did not include John Rees, German's partner and another long-standing member of the Central Committee (CC). German proposed an alternative slate which did include Rees. When it became clear that this would be overwhelmingly defeated, Lindsey German and
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Chris Nineham
withdraw their names from the election and were not selected. As the Central Committee slate was the only proposed slate that went to the vote at conference she was not re-elected to the SWP's Central Committee in 2009. In 2010 German resigned from the SWP. She was editor of the SWP's monthly magazine, ''
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'', from 1984 until April 2004. She has written several books, including two on women's rights and ''A People's History of London'' co-written with John Rees.Jo Lo Dici
"A People's History of London, By John Rees & Lindsey German"
''The Independent'', 29 March 2012
In August 2015, German endorsed Jeremy Corbyn's 2015 Jeremy Corbyn Labour Party leadership campaign, campaign in the 2015 Labour Party (UK) leadership election, Labour Party leadership election. In 2019, German denied that there was any evidence of Antisemitism in the UK Labour Party, antisemitism in the Labour Party, claiming that such allegations were "political attacks - against Corbyn and his left wing politics, and against all those who criticise the Israel, state of Israel for its treatment of the Palestinians. These are the real reasons for their scale and ferocity, and why they are taken up with such enthusiasm by the BBC and the rest of the media."German, Lindsey,
Adopting the IHRA definition didn't end the attacks, it accelerated them"
, in ''Counterfire'', 8 July 2019, accessed 7 May 2020.


Selected books

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Selected articles



''International Socialism'', 2:65, 1994
"Theories of Patriarchy"
''International Socialism'', 2:12, 1981

''International Socialism'', 2:79, 1998


References


External links


Lindsey German's writings for the Stop the War Coalition

Lindsey German speaking at Don't Attack Iran protest - 26 June 2019
Published/uploaded on YouTube on 28 June 2019, by Stop the War Coalition.


On Campaign Trail
German's blog of her May 2005 election campaign {{DEFAULTSORT:German, Lindsey 1951 births Living people British anti-war activists British feminists British journalists British political writers Politicians from London Respect Party parliamentary candidates Socialist Workers Party (UK) members British socialist feminists Writers from London British political party founders