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Socialists standing in by-elections

Issue No. 2329

Voters were set to go to the polls this week in the Manchester Central by-election and the election for Bristol mayor. The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is standing candidates in both.

In Manchester the candidate is Alex Davidson, vice-chair of the PCS union’s North West region. And in Bristol TUSC is standing Unite member Tom Baldwin.

TUSC has also announced its candidate for the Rotherham by-election, set for 29 November, following the resignation of Labour’s Denis MacShane for fiddling his expenses.

Teacher and NUT rep Ralph Dyson, who led a successful strike against job losses at Rawmarsh Community School last year, has pledged to stand as “a workers’ MP on a worker’s wage”.

Meanwhile the Middlesbrough by-election, to be held on the same day, will be contested by John Malcolm, secretary of the Tees, Esk and Wear Valley Health Unison branch.

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Tue 13 Nov 2012, 17:18 GMT
Issue No. 2329
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