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Karen Reissmann’s TUSC campaign in Manchester

Issue No. 2200

Karen Reissmann, a local nurse who is standing against Labour MP Gerald Kauffman, said, “People in Gorton are looking for change. There is a deep sense of betrayal at Labour's failure to represent ordinary people. It cuts through every conversation, even with Labour loyalists.”

She is standing for the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (TUSC).

Campaign manager Mark Krantz, told Socialist Worker, “When we knock on doors we say ‘I bet you are thinking about not voting’. Most people say ‘yes’.

“I think that’s why we get such a good response when we talk about Karen – she isn’t a career politician, she’s a working nurse.

“People are worried about the big cuts that will be announced after the election and like that we are talking about building a united fightback and networks of resistance.

“That also means that people want to get involved. We met someone last week who said, ‘I’ve checked you out. You’ve got serious union backing, that’s what we are going to need if we are going to form a new left wing alternative.’ He has been out leafleting his local area for Karen this weekend.

“A voter in Longsight told us on bank holiday Monday, ‘I have voted Labour for 30 years. I know Gerald Kaufmann well. But look at this area. After all this time what have they done round here? Nothing! I will be voting for that nurse [Karen].’

“On Gorton Market Karen met the union convenor for Manchester buses. He is the Labour Party agent round here – but still wanted to engage with us. He had come to the Right to Work conference in Manchester in January and was very friendly.”

Nahella Ashraf, a well known anti-war activist, is standing for the local council in the Rusholme ward.

Karen and Nahella’s Election Diary


  • 8.30am: Stanley Grove school

  • 8.30am: Heald Place school

  • Late morning: posters to Longsight shops
  • 10.30am: Karen takes health petitions we have gathered during the campaign to Salford Hospital
and talks to health workers
  • 12.30pm – 1.30pm: City Centre bus stop leafleting
  • 2.30pm St Margaret's School, Whalley Range (with Karen and David Henry)

  • 6pm – 7.30pm: Jaffa Cafe meet up then canvassing


  • 8.30am: Platt Lane School
  • 10am – 12 noon: stall at Longsight Corner (near Asda)
  • 10.30am: Hustings hosted by users network Crumpsall

  • 12.30pm – 1.30pm: leaflet City Centre bus stop
  • 2.30pm: leaflet local school
  • 3.30pm: PCS union hustings with Karen
  • 6pm – 7.30pm: Jaffa Cafe meet up then canvassing

Thursday – election day

  • Our aim for the day is high visibility – contact people and talk through the day – report to our caravan base in Rusholme
  • 7am: leaflet at train stations – Abbey Hey, Ryder Bank, Levenshulme
  • 8.20am: leaflet at the school gates in Gorton and Rusholme
  • 12 noon – 6.30pm: – afternoon bus stop leafleting the 192 from London Rd. top of Piccadilly Gds, city centre, in 1 hour shifts & 53 Hyde Rd bus stops.

  • Street stalls: Gorton Stall at Tesco, Longsight Stall corner: Liddle near MRI

  • 6pm – 8.30pm: Knock on our supporters and get out the vote
  • 8.30pm: back to the Jaffa for food and drink
  • The count is at the Town Hall. Result expected 4am onwards

Sunday 9 May

  • 2pm – 6pm – Post Election BBQ at Karen’s

If you can help in any way call Mark 07765 122 829 or Tony 07985 450 545

To get involved and find out more about the campaign go to »

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