Socialist Worker

Socialists put the case for election alternative

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2200

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) activists used every last minute to campaign for this week’s general election.

TUSC is made up of activists who came together to provide a left choice in the general election.

They have tapped into the fury that exists among ordinary people who feel let down by the mainstream politicians.

Martin Booth stood for the Cambridge Socialists in Cambridge for parliament alongside three council local candidates, including Tom Woodcock in the Romsey ward. They all stood under the umbrella of TUSC.

“Our message is going down well,” said Martin.

“Most of the people we speak to don’t want cuts and privatisation in our public services.

“We are on the side of the Greek workers who are fighting to defend their pay, conditions and services.”

The campaign in Tottenham for TUSC candidate Jenny Sutton was well-supported. More than 100 people packed into a rally there on Tuesday of last week.

Children’s author Michael Rosen spoke, alongside Frank Murray from the RMT transport union, Haji from the Refugee Workers Cultural Association and Hesketh Benoit, a teacher at Conel college and head coach of Haringey Basketball team.

“We support Jenny because she represents our ideas,” said Haji. “We can achieve something here for the future. We can build a movement that can win.”

Activists leafleted over 80 percent of the constituency on Monday of this week.

TUSC supporters held a meeting in Carlisle last week with Dave Nellist, Coventry candidate, and John Metcalfe, Carlisle Socialists candidate.

And the campaign was full steam ahead for Maxine Bowler in Sheffield Brightside. She also stood for the council.

Campaigners leafleted schools and children’s centres, encouraging women from minority communities to vote.

Maxine addressed a meeting of Muslim women on Tuesday. A weekend cavalcade played the TUSC message over a megaphone in languages including Arabic and Urdu.

Willie Black, a Unite union steward, stood for TUSC in Edinburgh North & Leith. Around 25 people campaigned over the bank holiday weekend, while 80 attended a meeting.

Local nurse Karen Reissmann stood against Labour MP Gerald Kauffman in Manchester Gorton.

She said, “There is a deep sense of betrayal at Labour’s failure to represent ordinary people. It comes up in every conversation, even with Labour loyalists.”

Also in Manchester, Nahella Ashraf stood for the council in Rusholme ward. Over in Salford David Henry stood against disgraced MP Hazel Blears and Andy Behan stood for the council in Ordsall ward.

Angela McCormick, TUSC candidate in Glasgow North, said, “We leafleted the Glasgow May Day march and got a good response.

“We were invited to the Ruchill Parish Church hustings last week. That had around 50 people at it and Labour got roasted. We got the loudest cheer on the night.”

TUSC campaigns have brought together people who oppose cuts and privatisation. These networks will be critical after the election.

Our team of reporters will be working throughout election night to bring you all the news, results and analysis. Visit our website for news and results from all the TUSC campaigns as it happen


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