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Make Blair pay in May

Strike and protest on 1 May – Vote Respect and Solidarity on 3 May

Issue No. 2047

George Galloway MP campaigning in Birmingham. Respect is winning voters across Britain  (Pic: Pete Jackson)

George Galloway MP campaigning in Birmingham. Respect is winning voters across Britain (Pic: Pete Jackson)

We are in the last days of Tony Blair’s regime, and that government of war and privatisation cannot go quickly enough. But Blair is determined his legacy will live on, and Gordon Brown is ready and willing to help him.

Britain desperately needs an alternative that serves the needs of the majority, not the wealthy elite. And the elections on Thursday 3 May are a chance to build it.

On the doorsteps during my campaign for re-election in Town Centre ward, the war remains a central issue. But, compared to previous years, we are also hearing more sharply concerns over the NHS, pensions and public services.

It’s very positive that the unions have called for protests in defence of public services on Tuesday 1 May and that the PCS civil service workers’ union is taking action.

At an election meeting we’re holding next week the speakers will be George Galloway MP, plus two Respect supporters from this ward – a PCS member and an NHS worker.

To put the final nails in Blair’s coffin, we should take to the streets on 1 May and vote on 3 May.

Respect puts forward positive policies to bring the troops home, revive public services, and halt the march of big business through health and education.

There is a great democratic deficit in Britain. None of the main parties speak out for the views that millions of people hold. Respect can fill that gap and, crucially, by standing we offer a message of hope against the racist poison of the Nazi BNP.

In Preston the Labour Party is desperate and is employing dirty tactics. They are making wild allegations about Respect and myself.

We have not sunk to such depths. Instead we have stuck to the consistent line of standing up for people and their issues. It is our attention to local, national and international issues that has built Respect.

I’d urge as many people as possible to come to Preston this weekend and help the campaign. You will make a difference.

Last time a Respect candidate stood in this ward they lost by just seven votes. This time around we’re going to win.

And by winning here we’ll prove that Respect is not a flash in the pan and strengthen our side for the battles after Blair has gone.

Every vote won for Respect is a blow against the grim record of Blair, and a demand that Blairism will not continue after he has gone. Our unity and energy can bring victory.

You can help the campaign this Saturday 21 April and Sunday 22 April, 11am at Preston Town Hall. If you need accommodation for the night please phone 07739 729 214. Preston Respect will be having a social on the Saturday night. To get involved in Respect across England and Wales phone 0870 850 1978 or email

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Tue 17 Apr 2007, 18:49 BST
Issue No. 2047
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