Activists in South Wales are gearing up for the May council elections. Respect’s Left List candidates are standing in two wards in Swansea and three wards in Cardiff.
Karen Tyre, a well-known local trade union activist and anti-war campaigner, is standing in Cardiff’s Butetown ward. She told Socialist Worker, “There needs to be a strong left voice in the council to take up the issues that really matter to people.
“The ward that I’m standing in is one of the most diverse in Cardiff. It has a large Somali community who face racism and discrimination.
“This is just one of the issues that I’m taking up. There is also a threat of council cuts hanging over everyone in the city – and we need to fight these.
“There’s a long tradition of voting Labour in this area, but it is steadily eroding. Plaid Cymru appeals to different groups of voters in different areas—rural farmers in some areas and socialists in others. But that means they vacillate.
“We are mounting a challenge to say that there can be a consistent left voice for working class people.”