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Disappointing night for left of Labour candidates

Issue No. 2251

The elections saw people looking to the strongest mainstream alternative to the government across the UK. That meant that there were disappointments for many left of Labour candidates.

For instance, George Galloway didn’t get elected in Glasgow—and socialist councillors in England, such as Michael Lavalette, lost their seats.

Michael fought a good campaign but lost by 120 votes after a city-wide effort by Labour to take the seat.

Bolsover councillor Ray Holmes lost his seat too. And Respect lost a councillor in Birmingham.

Many Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) votes were poor. But where candidates had a record of fighting in their area they could win respectable votes.

For instance, Maxine Bowler won 14 percent of the vote and came second in Sheffield Burngreave ward as the Liberal Democrats were wiped out across the city.

In Northern Ireland, People Before Profit candidates rose above the sectarian headcount that is the Assembly elections. In particular Eamonn McCann came within a handful of votes of winning a seat in Foyle.

Green Party takes a council

The Green Party made a breakthrough in Brighton & Hove council, becoming the party with the largest number of councillors with 23. Green MP Caroline Lucas won Brighton Pavillion last year.

For the results of SWP members who stood in the election go to

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Tue 10 May 2011, 18:13 BST
Issue No. 2251
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