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‘We are strong and we are united’

Elaine Abbot, a member of Respect in Preston, spoke to Socialist Worker about her experience building Respect

Issue No. 2077

Elaine Abbot

Elaine Abbot

‘I was a Labour councillor in Preston for ten years. I left the Labour Party to join Respect because of the work that Respect was doing.

People in Preston know what Respect stands for – that it is a socialist organisation that represents some of the things that Labour used to stand for before Tony Blair came along.

Respect members have worked together in Preston against the war, in support of trade unions, in defence of the NHS, over Palestine and in many other campaigns.

Our councillor, Michael Lavalette, certainly works harder than any councillor I knew when I was in the Labour Party.

I have stood in two council elections for Respect – coming a close second to Labour both times.

Our successes are down to the hard work that Respect members have done.

I think in Preston we represent the best of what is possible in Respect.

We are strong and united and campaigning on many important local, national and international issues.

We need to hold on to that.’

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