Left wing campaigners are standing in this week’s elections to step up the fight against the government’s austerity programme.
Socialist councillor Michael Lavalette is standing for re-election in Preston’s town centre ward.
His supporters have been out on the streets discussing with constituents the importance of having a councillor prepared to fight all the cuts.
“The campaign has gone well, with a good response on the doorstep” Michael told Socialist Worker. “A man of 80 rang up last week to say that for the first time in his life he was not going to vote for Labour and vote for me instead.
“We have also got into a number of debates with people about whether Labour will oppose all the cuts.”
The Socialist Workers Party is part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), which is standing 154 candidates on Thursday. It is also backing candidates in another 28 seats.
In Scotland, George Galloway’s Coalition Against Cuts is hoping to make a breakthrough in the Scottish parliamentary election.
Activists have been raising the campaign’s profile out on the streets and they leafleted last weekend’s STUC demonstration.
If the coalition wins 5 percent of the vote George Galloway will be elected as an MSP under the proportional representation system.
Solidarity, Scotland’s socialist movement, is standing in other seats across the country.
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