Socialist Worker

Socialists enter last week of election campaigning

by Tom Walker
Issue No. 2300

Campaigners for Michael Lavalette in Preston  (Pic: Steve Wilcock)

Campaigners for Michael Lavalette in Preston (Pic: Steve Wilcock)

Socialist election candidates are entering the final few days of campaigning as they step up their efforts ahead of polling day this Thursday, 3 May.

Socialist Worker supporters are standing as part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC). It is standing council candidates in many areas and also for the London Assembly. And in Scotland Socialist Worker supporters are part of the Scottish Anti Cuts Coalition.

Mark Krantz is a TUSC candidate in Chorlton, Manchester. “We’ve been out today leafleting parents outside primary schools,” he told Socialist Worker. “And we’ll be outside another school tomorrow.

“We’ve had some people moving across from Labour who say they’ve had enough. We had a campaign event with bankers chained up in handcuffs, which went down well.”

Mark said he has spoken to the local RMT and PCS union branches, as well as rank and file Unison and Unite members in their lunch hours.

“We’re calling tomorrow ‘Trade union Tuesday’,” he said. “We’ve got trade unionists coming to help the campaign.”

In Preston, Michael Lavalette is standing as an independent socialist, fighting to reclaim the council seat he held for eight years until last year.

Yesterday more than 20 people turned out to leaflet for Michael. “We were welcomed into a cafe because of relentless rain,” said Steve Wilcock, who is part of his campaign. “But spirits were high.”

Meanwhile in London GP Jackie Turner is campaigning as part of the TUSC list for the London Assembly. She has been speaking at public meetings in boroughs across the city.

“I’ve been talking about the disastrous privatisation of the health service—the way the Tories want the NHS run for profit,” she said.

“It’s beginning to happen already. We can’t have rationing in the NHS.”

Socialist Worker supporters standing in the election:

Manchester:Mark Krantz, Colette Williams

Sheffield: Maxine Bowler

Portsmouth: Frances Pilling

Cambridge: Tom Woodcock (as Cambridge Socialists)

Barnsley: Dave Gibson (as Independent)

Preston: Michael Lavalette (as Independent)

Glasgow: Angela McCormick, Graham Campbell (Graham is standing as Solidarity)

Edinburgh: Willie Black

There are also four Socialist Worker supporters on the TUSC list for the London assembly: Jenny Sutton, Jackie Turner, Gary McFarlane and Merlin Reader.

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