Left candidates are standing across England and Wales, including in Manchester, Cardiff, Newcastle, Cambridge and Birmingham.
Activists have been out in Burngreave ward in Sheffield, campaigning for candidate Maxine Bowler. Maxine has stood in the ward in the last two council elections, finishing second both times.
Maxine told Socialist Worker, “We have leafleted the whole ward already. The major issue is that three schools in the area are being turned into city academies.
“There have been big meetings about this and a petition against it, but the council are still going ahead with the plan.
“We are taking this up in our campaign to increase the pressure on the council.
“We plan to canvass the ward and ask people to sign a petition against the schools becoming academies.
“We have also been campaigning for a local park to be improved.
“We highlighted that it had been neglected in our campaign last year.
“I presented the issue to the full council meeting and the council panel agreed that £7,000 should go towards the park. We will be fighting hard in this election.”
In Preston activists have selected a number of candidates to stand in the elections, and they have already started campaigning.
Mukhtar Master has been selected to stand in Preston Town Centre ward in the May council elections.
Mukhtar is a trade union activist and chair of Preston Stop the War Coalition. He stood in the Town Centre ward in 2006 and came second – losing by only seven votes.
Town Centre is the multi-member ward where Respect member Michael Lavalette is already a councillor. Michael was re-elected to the seat last year, winning with a majority of 462 votes.
Respect is asking for supporters to come to Preston to help out. Accommodation can be provided at weekends if people want to travel to help out. Phone 07739 729214 or go to » www.prestonrespect.org
For more information go to » www.respectcoalition.org