THERE WILL be local council elections in many parts of England outside London on Thursday 1 May. A number of Socialist Alliances, including Birmingham, Bristol and Colchester, have already selected some candidates. Many more Socialist Alliances will be selecting candidates over the next few weeks.
This will go hand in hand with the intensifying campaign over the democratisation of the political funds in many key trade unions. Democratisation motions have already been passed at branch or regional level in the FBU, Amicus, TSSA and the GMB to be debated at the national conferences. It will be a key debate at the CWU, RMT and Unison conferences.
ROB HOVEMAN, national secretary Socialist Alliance
TWO IMPORTANT by-elections were taking place on Thursday of this week. The first is in the Mixenden ward in Halifax where the Nazi BNP is standing a candidate.
Anti-Nazi activists have mounted a 'Don't Vote Nazi' campaign and were out leafleting and arguing with people right up until polling day. The second by-election is in the Tottenham Hale ward of Haringey in north London.
Local firefighter Steve Cracknell is standing for the Socialist Alliance. Socialist Worker will run a full report on both election results in next week's issue.