George Galloway's speech closing the conference
More than 250 delegates and activists from across the country came together in London on Saturday 3 March 2012 for the Stop the War Coalition annual conference.
The conference opened with a discussion about the current state of the war on terror, introduced by the Stop the War president, Tony Benn. Other speakers included Stop the War Coalition national convenor Lindsey German, Afghan writer Mitra Qayoom and Abbas Edalat from the Campaign against Sanctions and intervention on Iran (CASMII).
A session on Western interventions in the Middle East, Asia and North Africa included discussion of Afghanistan, Somalia, Syria and particularly Iran.
The afternoon focused on the campaigning priorities of the Coalition and building local groups. There was agreement that there is widespread anxiety about an attack on Iran which is bringing new activists in to the movement and that we need to escalate our campaign urgently.
A call was agreed for a national day of action against an attack on Iran on March 24th.
The conference passed 13 resolutions and elected a new national steering committee. The conference was brought to a close by Vice President of the Coalition George Galloway (see video of his speech on this page).
Other guest speakers included Hugh Lanning, deputy general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union, Alex Kenny form the National Executive of the National Union of Teachers, Shamiul Joarder from the friends of Al Aqsa and Mouna Hassan from Hands off Somalia.