The Socialist Alliance is gearing up to challenge New Labour in hundreds of council seats in the local elections on 2 May. The deadline for nominations is approaching fast. This means that Socialist Alliances are selecting candidates over the next few days.
They are also going out campaigning and leafleting to let people know there is an alternative to the three major parties. Some 14 candidates have been selected in Haringey, north London. In Tower Hamlets in east London five candidates have been selected, and almost two thirds of the wards have been leafleted.
Socialist Alliance members in Bristol selected nine candidates last week. Members in Southwark, south London, have selected nine candidates. Some 15 candidates have been selected across Greater Manchester.
The Socialist Alliance is standing a number of candidates in the mayoral elections. Paul Woodward, an ex Labour Party member, is standing for mayor in Watford. Jeff Fowler, a Natfhe lecturers' union national executive member, is standing against Robocop Ray Mallon in Middlesbrough. The Socialist Alliance organised a 50-strong meeting in Preston last Saturday on justice for the Palestinians.
Get involved with the socialist election campaign-phone 020 7791 3138.
THE SCOTTISH Socialist Party (SSP) won another credible vote in a local by-election in Springburn ward in Glasgow last week. Margaret Bean, the SSP candidate, won 106 votes or 8.4 percent, running third behind New Labour and the SNP. She beat the Tory and Liberal Democrat vote combined.