More than 1,000 people voted for Jenny Sutton, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate in Tottenham, north London.
She was standing for the first time and won 2.6 percent of the vote.
“The left still has a long way to go to break Labour’s stranglehold in the cities,” said Jenny. “The fear of a Tory government prompted a massive increase in turnout in Tottenham.
“Some people are afraid to demand something better for fear of getting something worse. But we ran a good campaign that put the issue of fighting cuts firmly on the agenda and built really solid links for the battles to come.”
Jenny is a teacher at the local College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London. She was on strike against cuts on the day before the election.
The fight to defend education was a big part of her election campaign and she won widespread support among students, teachers and parents in the area.
Jenny’s vote reflects the fact that a solid base exists in the area to build the fight against cuts in the future – whichever party ends up in government.