Socialist Worker

Standing up for ordinary people against the cuts

Issue No. 2247

Socialist Workers Party members are standing in seats in the upcoming council elections in England on 5 May, all supported by TUSC.

We are asking every member and supporter in these areas to get involved.

There are four other candidates in addition to Michael Lavalette in Preston (left).

Maxine Bowler is standing in Sheffield in Burngreave ward for TUSC. She told Socialist Worker, “There is so much anger at the Liberal Democrats here—the city holds Nick Clegg’s seat.

“People feel betrayed and are sick of being told that the things they need have been cut.

“The attacks on youth provision and Education Maintenance Allowance are particularly bitter. This is one of the poorest areas in the city.

“I’m saying to people, ‘If you want to have a loud voice of opposition against the cuts, vote for me.’ I’m part of the anti-cuts coalition in the city and I’m here to fight.”

Ray Holmes was first elected as a district councillor in Bolsover in the May 2007 elections. He is standing for re-election in the Shirebrook North West ward.

Jack Hetherington is standing in Barnsley central. He is an 18-year old FE student who has actively campaigned against the cuts to the Education Maintenance Allowance to poorer students and the raising of university tuition fees, including leading a walkout at his college.

Tom Woodcock is standing in Romsey ward and Martin Booth in Kings Hedges Ward under the banner of the Cambridge Socialists.

Tom told Socialist Worker, “We are standing as a focus for building resistance. We are on the doorstep arguing that as well as voting against the government down we have to strike and build the campaign to defend services against any cuts.”


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