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Socialist election candidates are standing up against the cuts

Issue No. 2191

Nurse Karen Reissmann and her supporters launched her campaign for Gorton in Manchester last week  (Pic:Jennifer Wilkinson)

Nurse Karen Reissmann and her supporters launched her campaign for Gorton in Manchester last week (Pic:Jennifer Wilkinson)

Socialist candidates are providing an electoral challenge to the mainstream parties across Britain. The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is standing in around 50 constituencies.

David Henry

TUSC candidate in Salford, Greater Manchester

David is standing against Hazel Blears, and is backed by the Hazel Must Go campaign.

“Cuts to just about every service are being announced in Manchester,” David told Socialist Worker. “The scale is shocking, it will affect everything from libraries to the arts and schools.

“This is why I’m standing in the elections—we have to stop the destruction of our communities and services.”

David took part in a march last week against the sale of Salford’s moss lands to Peel Holdings, who intend to use the land for peat and gravel.

His campaign team are organising meet the candidate events, running stalls across Salford and making sure that every household is leafleted.

To get involved email [email protected]

Maxine Bowler

TUSC candidate in Brightside and Burngreave, Sheffield

Maxine's campaign was boosted this week with the news that the Green Party will not be contesting the seat where she is standing against Labour MP David Blunkett.

Maxine is also contesting the Burngreave council ward, where she achieved 20 percent of the vote last time round. “Our communities are under attack”, Maxine told Socialist Worker.

Last week the council announced widespread cuts to adult and community learning.

“We will lose at least five jobs in adult education in south Sheffield”, Maxine said. “In Burngreave it will mean scrapping English second language and most computer classes.”

In the coming week Maxine will be participating in an International Women’s Day event and speaking to a group of women about building her campaign. Email her at

[email protected] to help.

Martin Booth

Cambridge Socialists candidate

Martin joined a protest outside the Royal Bank of Scotland last Saturday to demand taxpayers get their money back from the bank.

RBS is 84 percent owned by the government but it paid out £1.3 billion in bonuses to its investment bankers.

Martin said, “The people should control the banks, and the vast sums being used to prop them up must be used to defend and expand our services.”

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Tue 2 Mar 2010, 18:07 GMT
Issue No. 2191
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