Respect is gearing up to build on its successes at last week’s council elections. The party won three council seats on 3 May. Michael Lavalette was re-elected in Preston, Ray Holmes won in Bolsover, Derbyshire, and Mohammed Ishtiaq was elected as Respect’s second councillor in Birmingham.
Respect came first, second or third in 26 of the 42 wards it contested and won an average of 15 percent of the vote across wards where it was standing.
The next big test for Respect will be the London assembly and London mayoral elections in May next year. Respect activists are already preparing for these important elections.
Lindsey German, convenor of the Stop the War coalition, was unanimously elected at a recent London-wide selection meeting to stand as Respect’s candidate for London mayor. She was also chosen to head Respect’s list for the London assembly.
The last London assembly elections took place in 2004, just three months after Respect was formed. Lindsey came within 0.4 percent of winning a seat on the assembly and came fifth as a candidate for mayor, beating the Greens and the fascist BNP.
A serious campaign across the whole of London can ensure that Respect is elected to the assembly to provide a radical voice.