London Socialist Alliance campaign
SOME 150 people attended the London Socialist Alliance organising conference on Sunday. For every individual there, many others were leafleting and campaigning across London to build the maximum possible socialist vote in the election for the Greater London Assembly on 4 May. Socialist writer and former Labour Party member Mike Marqusee spoke at the opening session of the conference. He described the outrage of Labour voters at the government's Tory policies, from selling off council housing to cutting the aid budget to Ethiopia. "The LSA campaign is catching the mood," said Mike. "We are well into the process of distributing 1.5 million leaflets door to door. That is more ambitious than any of the main parties."
But he warned, "New Labour has a lot of money and a lot of full time workers. They will be drafting them in to make up for the fact that most ordinary Labour Party members in London will not lift a finger to help get New Labour candidates elected on 4 May." "Everywhere we go or speak we get a huge response from people," said LSA candidate Mark Steel. "But my great fear is that not enough people know about the LSA. We do not want to be finding people in June and July who say, 'If only I'd known you were standing I'd have voted for you'."
LSA candidate Greg Tucker said, "We need to build on the work we've done so far with systematic organisation at ward and constituency level. Some 3,000 people have signed up to help the LSA campaign. They need to be contacted and given the campaigning materials to allow them to take part. The first task is to get the leaflets through the doors. We can follow that up by canvassing target areas."
A study of the socialist campaign in the Leeds Euro-election found that the vote doubled in areas which had been leafleted. The leaflet distribution is well under way in many inner London areas. LSA campaigners who have saturated their areas are helping out elsewhere. Rob Hoveman, the LSA's election agent, told the conference that a final leaflet will be available for distribution ten days before the election. The overall message was clear. The LSA is pulling out all the stops to get the socialist message out to as many people as possible and to give them the chance to vote for a positive alternative to New Labour.
The London Socialist Alliance Battlebus hit the road last Saturday. Candidates and activists brought the socialist message to the streets of central and north London. The bus will be visiting other areas:
- Saturday 15 April, west London.
- Saturday 22 April, south London.
- Saturday 29 April, east London.
- Thursday 4 May, all across London.
Volunteers are needed on each of these days from 8am to 6pm. Please contact Mike at the LSA office on 020 8981 9243 to book your seat.
Help us spread the socialist message right across London
BETWEEN NOW and the 4 May vote Socialist Worker's special London edition will be devoting this page each week to helping ensure the biggest and most effective campaign possible. If you have local LSA campaigning activities, meetings, events or contact phone numbers then let us know and we'll help spread the message. Rush any information to "LSA Campaign Page" at Socialist Worker, PO Box 82, London E3 3LH. Phone 020 7538 0828, fax 020 7538 0140, e-mail reports@socialist worker.co.uk
Join in the campaign
IF YOU want to get involved you can contact the LSA in each constituency on the following numbers: BARNET & CAMDEN Barnet: 020 8343 9639 Camden: 020 7209 5893 BRENT & HARROW 07940 510906 BROMLEY & BEXLEY 07968 056220 CITY & EAST 07947 627206 CROYDON & SUTTON 020 8653 6008 EALING & HILLINGDON Ealing: 0958 542872 Hillingdon: 01895 236841 ENFIELD & HARINGEY Enfield: 020 8809 7316 Haringey: 020 8809 4390 HAVERING & REDBRIDGE Havering: 07958 508492 Redbridge: 0958 478628 LAMBETH & SOUTHWARK Lambeth: 07970 651415 Southwark: 020 8766 6806 GREENWICH & LEWISHAM Greenwich: 0956 681328 Lewisham: 07940 300944 MERTON & WANDSWORTH 0771 223 9702 NORTH EAST Hackney: 07957 257430 Islington: 0778 777222 Waltham Forest: 020 8521 4650 SOUTH WEST 0958 996777 WEST CENTRAL Hammersmith: 07718 352589 Kensington: 0831 853216 Westminster: 07932 528360
Where to find the LSA
IF YOU don't know which London Assembly constituency you are in then contact the London Socialist Alliance on 020 8981 9243. You can also contact the LSA by post by writing to LSA, PO Box 20492, London SE11 5WL. If you have access to the internet you can also find out more details, and obtain publicity material, from www.londonsocialistalliance.org.uk
Socialist Workers Party news
Top notch in West Midlands
Socialist Worker continues to register top sales in the West Midlands as we campaign for the nationalisation of Rover. Last week 30 copies of the paper were sold outside Longbridge, 20 at Land Rover, 11 at Coventry post office, 8 at Hardy Spicer and 7 at Rolls Royce. On Saturday 250 papers were sold in Birmingham's High Street, 97 in Dudley, 50 in King's Heath, 32 in Walsall, 30 in both Northfield and Solihull and 25 in Erdington. 12 people joined the Socialist Workers Party in Birmingham, 7 at Coventry's Butt Technical College, 2 in Solihull and 1 at a meeting of Socialist Worker readers in the car plants. Sellers in Northampton report: "Another excellent papersale around the Rover/nationalisation demand. Five of us sold 40 papers on Saturday and made some promising contacts. We are also building valuable information about workplaces linked to the car industry. This includes some possible action at Cummins Diesel Engines in Daventry. Some of us agreed to get over there for a sale this week. We also have to get back to Ford at Daventry to the 2 contacts we made."
That the mood is there for a fight in industry is borne out by Socialist Worker's workplace sales. In Nottingham 8 papers were sold at Imperial Tobacco 7 at Penn-Nyla and Textiles, while in Derby 4 were sold at Rolls Royce. In Manchester 13 were sold at the city council direct labour depot along with 6 at both GEC and BICC. In South Wales 14 were sold at Remploy in Neath along with 4 at Llanwern steel works, and 13 at Camford Pressings car components plant. Elsewhere 55 papers were sold to striking electricians at Pfizer Chemicals in Sandwich, 10 at De La Rue Printers in High Wycombe, 8 at York District Hospital, 7 at Vickers in Newcastle, 32 at Riverside House council office in Greenwich and 10 at a bus workers' mass meeting in Ayr.
Saturday sales included 152 in Liverpool, 137 in Leeds, 55 in Wakefield, 40 in East Ham and 15 in Springburn in Glasgow. Manchester sales included 189 in Market Street, 46 in Stockport and 36 in Longsight. On Tyneside a successful public meeting was held in Winlaton drawing 15 people. In the last week 12 people joined the Socialist Workers Party at the National Union of Students conference; 7 in Manchester; 4 in Glasgow; 3 in Leyton; 2 in Hackney Central; 1 in York, Cardiff, Newcastle, Euston and Winlaton.