Activists across the north west of England have launched a campaign to get independent socialist councillor Michael Lavalette re-elected in Preston.
“I’m standing for re-election because I think we need councillors who are prepared to fight against any cut, against any job loss and against any attempt to divide our communities,” Michael told Socialist Worker.
Michael was elected in 2003. Since then, he has campaigned on a range of issues, including opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and privatisation.
He has also supported the people of Palestine and workers on strike.
He plays a leading role in the Preston Against the Cuts.
“People have been inspired by events in the Middle East and North Africa,” Michael added. “They show that real power rests in the streets and in the workplace—not the council chamber.
“But having representatives in councils helps us to deepen and develop the resistance movements against the horrors of free market capitalism.
“I hope people will join the campaign to build 26 March and my re-election.”
A number of key trade union activists and local campaigners have issued a letter in support of Michael.
Sunday 20 March: Leaflet and canvass for Michael and to build for the TUC demonstration 26 March
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