Around 250 people packed into the launch rally for TUSC in central London last week.
Many candidates spoke about why they were standing and their experiences of campaigning.
They included Onay Kasab, a Unison branch secretary standing in Greenwich & Woolwich in London, Jenny Sutton, a college lecturer standing in Tottenham, and Dave Nellist, a longstanding socialist councillor standing for TUSC in Coventry North East.
“We have a record of fighting for our class,” Onay told the meeting. “I will lobby not for business but for workers, young people, pensioners and parents fighting to save their schools.
“I say to New Labour: you look after the rich, but we will look after the workers.”
Dave Nellist added, “The only real difference between Labour and the Tories is, when Labour proposes cuts, the Tories say they’ll do it quicker.
“We need to reorganise society’s wealth. If there are cuts to be made, let’s stop the payments to the privatisers and renationalise services.
“This coalition will stand full square behind the demand to bring the troops home and end the war in Afghanistan.”
Trade unionists came to the meeting to express their support for candidates who stand up for workers’ rights.
Steve Hedley, London regional organiser for the RMT union, addressed the meeting hours after the union had announced a four-day strike on Network Rail.
“The RMT isn’t affiliated to Labour,” he said. “We were thrown out for sponsoring socialist candidates.
“We do sponsor Labour MPs like John McDonnell and Jeremy Corbyn, in the Labour Party. But they are the last of the Mohicans!
“The bosses’ cuts threaten safety on London Underground.
“We will fight them tooth and nail.”
Get involved in TUSC
National day of action: Saturday 18 April
Trade union day of action: Tuesday 27 April
Go to » www.tusc.org.uk for more information