Respect members in Preston are preparing for a council by-election in the New Year after the death of an anti-war Labour councillor in Tolketh ward.
The ward has been hotly contested between Labour and the Tories in the past – with Respect not previously standing because of the left wing credentials of the ward’s councillors.
A previous councillor in the ward left Labour to join Respect.
Preston Respect councillor Michael Lavalette told Socialist Worker, “Respect is hoping to select a candidate who will continue the legacy of locally rooted campaigning.
“A central issue in the election will be the future of two schools that border the ward. The county council wants to close them and set up an academy – with Carphone Warehouse hoping to sponsor it.”
Respect is calling on supporters from across the country to help launch the by-election campaign by joining a leafleting in the ward on Sunday 9 December meeting at Preston town hall at 1pm.