Socialist election campaign
GREATER Manchester Socialist Alliance supported a peaceful protest against the proposed Terrorism Act.
Greater Manchester police violently charged into the demonstration, forced wrongful arrests, and imprisoned demonstrators for hours.
Protesters have recently won damages and are using them to pay the deposit for the Socialist Alliance prospective parliamentary candidate, civil rights lawyer Jim Nichol, who is standing in Blackburn against home secretary Jack Straw.
OVER 80 pensioners attended a meeting called by Greater London Pensioners' Association last week to hear the views of the different political parties. The Tory was jeered. Glenda Jackson from New Labour was criticised for leaving halfway through. Candy Udwin from the Socialist Alliance got the most applause as the only speaker calling for the restoration of the link between pensions and earnings.
Almost everyone took Socialist Alliance leaflets. The Liberal Democrat speaker spent most of the meeting reading hers.
- Ian Birchall
GEORGE WATSON, former Labour councillor and NUM official, and Socialist Alliance prospective parliamentary candidate in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, received the most applause in an "Any Questions"-style debate with other candidates, including defence secretary Geoff Hoon, last week.
A packed village hall in Selston, Ashfield, heard George exclusively release news that culled carcasses, resulting from the foot and mouth outbreak, are to be buried in a landfill site neighbouring the town of Sutton-in-Ashfield.
TWO DAYS of protest pickets by residents of Duckmanton and Poolsbrook, near Chesterfield, have exposed serious breaches in the regulations governing the disposal of carcasses in the Erin landfill site.
The campaign has contacted the Ministry of Agriculture, Viridor (the company that runs the landfill), the Environment Agency and the European Commission. Jeannie Robinson, Socialist Alliance prospective parliamentary candidate for Chesterfield, says, "Residents of Poolsbrook and Duckmanton are quite right to protest at dumping thousands of tons of carcasses into the Erin landfill site. The site is very close to schools in both Poolsbrook and Duckmanton, and in Duckmanton the site adjoins a children's play area."
SOCIALIST ALLIANCE supporters from Hornsey and Wood Green, north London, joined CND activists on Saturday for an anti Son of Star Wars extravaganza. Passers-by were greeted with a seven-foot missile, a banner, and Star Wars baddie Darth Maul with light-sabre, painted head and horns.
Some 15 people came forward to campaign for the Socialist Alliance in the election, and photographs appeared in four local newspapers.
Meeting: Safety not profit-stop tube privatisation. Tuesday 1 May, 7.30pm, West Indian Cultural Centre, Clarendon Road, London N8 (corner of Turnpike Lane and Wightman Road). Speakers: Bob Crow (assistant general secretary RMT), Louise Christian (Socialist Alliance ppc Hornsey and Wood Green), Pat Sikorski (London Transport RMT), Weyman Bennett (Socialist Alliance ppc Tottenham).
LOUISE CHRISTIAN spoke to 25 RMT union reps in Finsbury Park last week. A lively discussion followed her introduction, with questions about standing against Labour and what she would do if she won. A collection raised 70. We agreed to organise two or three days of action where tube workers would leaflet for her Socialist Alliance campaign.
- MAC McKENNA, RMT rep, Brixton
EDMONTON SOCIALIST Alliance supporters dressed up as Tony Blair and a fat cat from a drugs firm on Saturday to highlight the way pharmaceutical companies are profiting from the poor in Africa.
- PETE GEE
GLOUCESTER Socialist Alliance was formally launched at a 12-strong meeting last week. Another five signed up at a stall in the city centre on Saturday.
SOCIALIST Alliance members held a ballot in Barnsley town centre last Saturday on the Labour council's proposal to privatise a third of its building works department. There were 136 votes against privatisation and five for.
TELFORD SOCIALIST Alliance attracted 25 people to its first public rally on Wednesday of last week, addressed by prospective parliamentary candidate Mike Jeffries and others.
- HEATHER COX
OVER 20 people attended a hastily organised launch meeting for the St Albans Socialist Alliance recently and decided to put up a candidate in the county council elections.
- KEITH RANDLE