Theo Russell

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Theo Russell is the New Communist Party of Britain London organizer.

DPRK Day of the Sun

The UK Korean Friendship Association (KFA) and the Juche Idea Study Group of England in central London on Saturday 2nd April 2016 to celebrate the 104th anniversary of Korean revolutionary leader Kim Il Sung and the DPRK Day of the Sun.

Dermot Hudson outlined the life of Kim Il Sung and the contributions he made to communist unity throughout the world, especially at a time when there was an ideological war between Moscow and Beijing that led to sectarian divisions and even violence between the different factions throughout communist parties across the world.

Other speeches were made by Shaun Pickford, Nick Shakespeare, Alex Meads and Daniel Braggins, and there was a film shown of DPRK defence exercises.[1]

SARU leaders

In June 2015 Solidarity with the Antifascist Resistance in Ukraine formed a steering group: David Ayrton, Bridget Dunne (secretary), Eddie Dempsey, Alex Gordon, Jorge Martin, Ben Gliniecki, Jack Dearlove, Tom Piers, Richard Brenner, Theo Russell, Gerald Downing and Paul Williams.[2]

North Korea London reception

September 2013 Communists and Korean solidarity activists joined diplomats, journalists and business-people at a lunch-time reception at the DPRK embassy that was opened by DPRK ambassador Hyong Hak Bong last week.

The leaders of the New Communist Party of Britain and the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist–Leninist), Andy Brooks and Michael Chant, were there along with veteran London communist Monty Goldman from the Communist Party of Britain , who was jailed for two months for protesting against the Korean War, as well as Daphne Liddle, the joint editor of The New Worker, and Dermot Hudson from the UK Korean Friendship Association.

Other friends of Korea, like John McLeod of the Socialist Labour Party and Theo Russell of the New Communist Party of Britain, who have also been to north Korea, joined in a general discussion that ended with an appeal from Hyong Hak Bong for everyone to go to the DPRK, if they can, and see for the new life for the Korean people with their own eyes.[3]

Theo Russell is also a member of the UK Korean Friendship Association.[4]

"Where is Labour going?"


Where is Labour going? That was the question three labour activists tackled at a meeting in Harlow September 2012. Rod Truan, a Harlow Labour Councillor and Cabinet member, John Pickard, former editor of Militant and Socialist Appeal activist and Theo Russell from the New Communist Party of Britain opened the discussion at a meeting organised by the Harlow Trades Union Council.

In his contribution Theo Russell outlined why working class voters should support Labour and the organisational link with the union and cooperative movements, and said the NCP would like the next Labour government to end monetarist austerity policies and restore trade union rights, income tax and the public sector to their pre-1979 position. He added that the NCP calls for unions not affiliated to either Labour or the TUC to affiliate in order to strengthen the organised working class. In the discussion it was pointed out that 84 per cent of Labour’s income is from trade union members, and it was announced that Harlow Labour Party is submitting a motion to Labour Party conference to re-nationalise the railways.[5]

Marx Memorial

March 2010, a New Communist Party of Britain delegation joined other communists and progressives in saluting the memory of Karl Marx at the annual ceremony in Highgate Cemetery in north London. Marx died in his study at half-past two on the afternoon of Wednesday 14th March 1883. To commemorate his passing the Marx Memorial Library has for many decades held an annual graveside oration at his burial place in Highgate Cemetery at the exact moment of his death.

NCP leaders Andy Brooks and Alex Kempshall, along with Robert Laurie, Daphne Liddle and Theo Russell from the Central Committee and New Worker supporter Owen Liddle, represented the New Communist Party of Britain and the turnout included Library committee members and delegations from the London embassies of socialist countries, including Cuba, People’s China, Vietnam and the DPR Korea, many of whom laid flowers at the grave.

This year the address was given by Alex Gordon, President of the National Union of Rail, Maritime & Transport Workers (RMT) who said: “We are meeting today as monopoly capital and the forces of so-called ‘globalisation’ face yet another deep crisis. Conversely, this has awakened new interest in the ideas of Karl Marx, which have proved much more resilient than the forces of imperialist globalisation have claimed hitherto”.[6]

Southall celebrates October Revolution

November 21, 2006:


A HIGHLY successful October Revolution celebration was organised by the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist) last Sunday in Southall, West London, with speakers from the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist–Leninist), the New Communist Party of Britain and CPGB-ML was attended by around 50 people.

Michael Chant, on behalf of the RCPB-ML, said that the Great October Socialist Revolution had “opened up a path for progressive humanity and made possible the progressive gains of the 20th century. In recent years that path has been blocked, beginning with the death of Stalin and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Giles Shorter of the CPGB-ML said the consequences of the Bolshevik victory would “continue to unfold long after the treacherous liquidation of socialism in the Land of the Soviets itself has been reversed.”

Theo Russell thanked the CPGB-ML on behalf of the New Communist Party of Britain and for organising the event. He said: “The October Revolution showed for the first time that the workers and peasants are able to take state power and keep it. The success of the Soviet state proved that socialism could exist in one state, refuting Trotsky’s theory on world revolution.”[7]