Two candidates backed by the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) won their seats in the council elections.
As well as Michael Lavalette (see above), Peter Smith of the TUSC-backed Democratic Labour Party in Walsall won back a seat he lost last year with 46 percent.
This reflects a theme. Where candidates had roots and a record, they did well.
So there were good results for Tom Woodcock in Cambridge (19 percent), George Tapp in Salford (19 percent) and Maxine Bowler in Sheffield (14 percent).
It was a shame that Dave Nellist in Coventry was narrowly defeated after 14 years as a councillor. He polled 43 percent.
Tony Mulhearn also made a good showing in the election for Liverpool mayor.
But many of the left’s other results were not as good as had been hoped for, including those of the Scottish Anti Cuts Coalition.
As always, the London elections were dominated by the race for mayor. But nevertheless, TUSC’s vote of 0.8 percent for the London Assembly was disappointing.
The task of building a left alternative to Labour continues.
For a full list of TUSC results go to