David Henry is standing against tax-avoiding, expenses-grabbing MP Hazel Blears in Salford. Activists canvassed and leafletted for TUSC last Sunday.
“We got a fantastic response,” David told Socialist Worker. “People are angry. If we weren’t standing people would be left as prey for the lies of the British National Party.”
After a day knocking on doors, David, council candidate Andrew Behan and supporters went to a local cafe where they had invited people to come and meet the candidates.
“One woman came up to chat about housing,” said Ameen, one of the campaigners.
“She lives in a one bedroom flat and has two children—a young daughter and a newborn baby.
“If you look across the dual carriageway from where we were leafletting you can see the new yuppie flats at Salford Quays. No one can afford to live there.”
Jenny Sutton, a lecturer at the College of North East London (Conel), is standing as the TUSC candidate in Tottenham.
The campaign is focusing on the issue of cuts to Esol English-language courses for migrants.
“Language is power, and migrant communities are being systematically disempowered,” says Jenny.
On Saturday the campaign organised a street meeting at Seven Sisters, where activists spoke to residents and gave out information.
And on Sunday they were out canvassing.
“We need to give people a voice in the election and gather forces for the post-election struggles,” says Jenny.
Cambridge Martin Booth is a health worker, standing for Cambridge Socialists, which is standing under the umbrella of TUSC.
The coalition is also standing in local elections in Kings Hedges, Romsey and now a third ward, East Chesterton.
Romsey ward candidate Tom Woodcock said, “We got a really decent response, especially from people we have met from previous campaigns. You get a sense we are having genuine impact.”
Martin Booth was part of a delegation of 30 public sector workers from Cambridge Against the Cuts and the local trades council who attended last Saturday’s protest in central London.
Angela McCormick, a college lecturer and EIS union member, is TUSC’s candidate in Glasgow North.
She joined the Scottish Unison protest last Saturday and is about to release a campaign video, which will soon be up on YouTube.
She had 20 people out leafleting last weekend and the one before, as well as regular campaigning on weekdays.
Karen Reissmann is a community nurse standing for TUSC in Manchester Gorton—and her supporters are getting a hearing amongst local trade unionists.
“The Unite union in Manchester council have offered to distribute my election material and I’ve been invited to address meetings organised by the PCS and NUJ unions,” says Karen.
“Seven hundred and fifty job cuts have been announced in Salford and everyone knows that they’ll be more cuts across Manchester after the election.
“We’re going need a massive campaign to beat back the cuts. The people we’re meeting during the election campaign can be the catalyst for that.”