THE SOCIALIST Alliance received 4.5 percent of the vote in the local council by-election which took place in Tottenham Hale in Haringey, north London, last week.
Labour won the election with 691 votes. Labour's vote fell by over 25 percent since the local elections last May and their majority was cut from nearly 700 to just 257.
The Tories came second, nearly doubling their vote from the May elections. The Socialist Alliance candidate, firefighter Steve Cracknell, got 68 votes, 4.5 percent of the total and 9.8 percent of Labour's vote. Steve told Socialist Worker, 'I'm slightly disappointed by our vote. It certainly doesn't reflect the feeling I've encountered in support of the firefighters and against the war. But it was important to campaign and raise our arguments. And we are going to continue the campaign against the war and for decent pay for the firefighters.'
OVER 30 women attended the Socialist Alliance day school held in Manchester last weekend. In the morning session we heard from women from Palestine, Western Sahara and Tanzania about the effects of globalisation on women around the world.
In workshops we discussed the Socialist Alliance childcare campaign and how to make it an integral part of our local election campaigning. We also discussed how to enhance the representation of women within the Socialist Alliance and also in the wider movement.