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Angela McCormick’s TUSC campaign in Glasgow

Issue No. 2200

TUSC’s Glasgow North candidate Angela McCormick spoke to Socialist Worker about the last few days in her campaign.

“We leafleted the Glasgow May Day march last Saturday and got a good response and then around 30 of us went out canvassing on Sunday.

“We were invited to the Ruchill Parish Church hustings last week which had around 50 people at it. Labour got roasted – people were there from last year's campaign against school closure that really shocked Labour to the core. There were also tenants who had occupied against closure.

“People raised the demand for a new school in the hustings which we supported. People know that we were part of the campaign against the closures and we got the loudest cheer on the night.

“One young guy who asked a question came to talk to us afterwards. He told me he had been considering voting Lib Dem but after listening to me wanted to support my campaign.

“People want to talk about poverty and the disgrace that we are being made to pay for the financial crisis. They are worried about the cuts to benefits – especially incapacity benefits.

“Then there are the issues like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and how schools are failing our children – all these are raised on the doorstep.

“I also spoke to a woman who set up a youth club in a primary school with volunteers – she has invited me to meet her at the school gates on Tuesday to talk to people about voting for me.

“I think the issue of the cuts that have already started and which people know will get worse is a real concern for people. The enormity of it is just sinking in. People are listening carefully to what the politicians are saying now.

“There is real class anger out there – people feel no one is giving voice to their worries. When we raise class anger at the crisis we are made to pay for it gets an audience.

“We are out every day between noon and 6pm and then canvass in the evenings.

“We also went to a Love Music Hate Racism gig on Sunday evening and spoke to young people about why voting matters.

“Over the next few days we will be following up voters who have expressed an interest in our campaign, getting window posters put up, visiting local schools and workplaces. We are also attending a hustings organised by the NUJ. ”

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