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Tackling issues in Preston

Issue No. 2049

Respect councillor Michael Lavalette stood for re-election in the Town Centre ward in Preston on Thursday.

Michael was elected in 2003 and has spent the last four years campaigning for his constituents and raising local, national and international issues in the council.

Michael told Socialist Worker, “We’ve canvassed the ward a number of times now. There are some homes, where people previously weren’t in, that we went back to seven or eight times.

“We got a really good response over the war, pensions and the NHS. Labour are running a very localist campaign, only talking about local issues.

“But not many people are saying proudly that they will vote Labour. Even those that do are listening to what we say.

“There’s been an unusually high request for postal ballots in the ward, which is a worry. The main parties are much better at dealing with postal votes than us.

“We had a very good public meeting with 130 people on Tuesday of last week with Respect MP George Galloway, myself, a PCS civil service workers’ union rep, other trade unionists and local anti-war activist Mukhtar Master.

“I visited PCS picket lines on May Day and spoke at a hustings organised by the union for the parties who are standing in the elections.

“We canvassed every night in the run-up to the election.”

For more on Michael’s campaign go to

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Tue 1 May 2007, 19:22 BST
Issue No. 2049
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