Socialist Worker

Getting message out across the capital

Issue No. 2095

Left List campaigners were out in force in Hackney, east London, last Saturday (Pic: Charlie Kimber)

Left List campaigners were out in force in Hackney, east London, last Saturday (Pic: Charlie Kimber)


From Enfield in north London to Feltham in the west, Left List campaigners made their presence felt last weekend.

In Lewisham, south east London, assembly candidate Jennifer Jones joined hundreds of people who were marching last Saturday against the closure of Lewisham Hospital’s A&E, maternity and children’s services.

In Shepherds Bush market in West London local candidate Explo Nani-Kofi and 17 supporters leafleted the market and toured local cafes talking to voters. The mosque in Golborne Roadoff Ladbroke Grove had been leafleted the previous day.

To get their message across in Brixton, south London, Left List supporters organised a car cavalcade through the area.

Fourteen people leafleted Columbia Road market in east London on Sunday while on the previous day two dozen campaigners ran stalls at various points across the borough.

Across London, Left List campaigners are organising to leaflet door to door, to canvass, to cover markets, shopping centres and tube stations and to link with local community, campaigning and trade union groups.

Every Londoner has three votes on 1 May – for mayor, for 14 constituency assembly members and for a party list to elect a further 11 assembly seats.

The Left List is the only clear left alternative standing for mayor, and in all the constituencies. Plus it is offering the broadest, most representative list in the elections.

Other left wing groups are not standing a full slate, opting instead to focus on particular ballots. George Galloway’s breakaway faction of Respect is standing in just one constituency, City and East, and it is backing Labour for mayor.

Galloway’s promise of a “broad progressive list” featuring well known left wingers and trade unionists has proved empty rhetoric and his list fails to contain candidates from all areas of the capital and from some key sections of its population.

There are significant numbers of voters who will not cast a ballot for New Labour and want a radical alternative. Across London it is vital the Left List reaches into every community in the coming days and weeks.

Sait Akgul, Left List candidate, joined a protest against post office closures in north London last Saturday

Sait Akgul, Left List candidate, joined a protest against post office closures in north London last Saturday



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