Socialist Worker

Decent vote for Respect in Harlow council election

by Paul Topley, Harlow Respect
Issue No. 2075

Harlow Respect supporters achieved a decent result in the Toddbrook ward by-election for Harlow council in Essex on Thursday of last week despite illness, accident and difficult political circumstances.

The Respect candidate, veteran socialist and trade unionist Maureen Topley, came in third and for the second time in succession beat the Liberal Democrats, receiving 6.5 percent of the vote.

Now the patient work of sinking local roots has to continue – a network of support is starting to take shape in Harlow.

On the doorstep a number of people now know who we are and have explained this is their second or third time of voting for us because of both our radical socialist vision and our grassroots local campaigning.

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