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Left List candidates campaigning for an alternative across the capital

Issue No. 2093

Kris Stewart, the founding chair of the AFC Wimbledon football club, is the Left List candidate in Wandsworth and Merton, while Tansy Hoskins is standing in South West London.

They will kick off their campaign leafleting the AFC Wimbledon versus East Thurrock United match on Friday of this week. “There will be 2,500 people there,” Kris points out, “the vast majority with south west London post codes.”

Tansy visited the PCS union’s picket lines at Feltham job centre on Monday of this week. She received a warm welcome and had her picture taken for the local paper.

Jennifer Jones is currently LGBT officer for Goldsmiths College’s student union and has just been elected campaigns officer for the coming year.

Now she has been selected as the Left List candidate in Greenwich and Lewisham.

Jennifer reports an upbeat response when she told students, “Now I’m running for another election!” All Goldsmiths students in local halls of residence are registered to vote and she will be canvassing them.

In Newham, east London, the Labour mayor has said he is “not sure” whether to support or oppose the closure of local post offices and called a public consultation on the matter.

In contrast Michael Gavan, the City and East candidate for the Left List, has pledged to “mobilise to save all our post offices”. He told Socialist Worker, “For us it’s a straightforward issue – no post office should be closed.

“We can tap into all the people who are disillusioned with establishment politics. For many people in London, if we don’t stand they feel that there is no point in voting.

“If the only things on offer are the Liberal Democrats, Tories and New Labour – who have the same policies – then they won’t feel it’s worth taking part. We need a genuine alternative – that’s why we are standing.

“They are just electoral parties. We are about the conviction that we need to change society, not reinforce it.”

Explo Nani Kofi is standing in West Central. He says the elections are a chance to connect with layers of people who feel excluded from the system.

“Many African-Caribbean people living in London don’t vote because they feel no one represents them – they have no voice.

“We have a list that has the potential to represent the diversity of London.”

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