Over 75 supporters of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) leafleted Tottenham, north London, last Sunday.
TUSC is a coalition that has come together to put forward a left alternative to the main parties at the general election.
In Tottenham, local college lecturer Jenny Sutton is standing for TUSC against New Labour higher education minister, David Lammy.
Jenny is the branch secretary of the UCU lecturers’ union at the College of North East London (Conel).
A dozen lecturers from Conel joined the day of action.
Clare Richardson, one of the lecturers, told Socialist Worker, “Conel is the second largest employer in the borough and it’s being slashed.
“Lammy is the minister for higher education. When we lobby him about cuts in education, he says ‘It’s not my remit.’ If he can’t help, who can?” Conel faces £2.5 million in cuts.
Several activists helped leaflet the Broadwater Farm estate.
Conel used to provide English for Speakers of Other Languages courses to help people learn English on the estate.
These were very popular but have been cancelled due to cuts.
Turkish activists from the community group Day-Mer also joined the action.
Ilker said, “I am here because Jenny is against war, cuts and unemployment.
“Here in Haringey, unemployment is very high. It’s one of the worst affected boroughs.
“I want to support a real alternative to Labour and the Tories.”
A meeting of the UCU last week at Conel backed Jenny’s election campaign overwhelmingly, with 68 out of 70 members present voting to support her.
Jenny also spoke last week at a meeting of the RMT transport workers’ union Finsbury Park branch, together with Nancy Taaffe, the TUSC candidate for Waltham Forest.
“We were warmly received and they agreed to give at least £100 from their local political fund to both campaigns,” says Jenny.
TUSC launch rally
Thursday 25 March, 7.30pm, Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ
- Speakers include Bob Crow (RMT general secretary), Brian Caton (POA general secretary) Dave Nellist (Coventry councillor), Karen Reissmann (Manchester TUSC candidate)
- The next TUSC day of action is Sunday 27 March For more information go to