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Taking on austerity and racism in the general election - meet a TUSC candidate

Issue No. 2436

TUSC candidate for Barnsley Central Dave Gibson

TUSC candidate for Barnsley Central Dave Gibson (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidates will be putting forward an alternative to the racism and austerity of the main parties in May’s general election.

They will also contest council elections. 

Dave Gibson is the TUSC parliamentarey candidate for Barnsley Central. He told Socialist Worker, “We plan to start our campaign by focusing on the NHS. We will have mass leafleting of hospitals and clinics arguing in defence of the health service and to support the strikes.”

Dave argued against the idea that people should back Labour for fear of Ukip being elected.

“We can’t argue to rally behind Labour because we know exactly what we’ll be getting—more austerity and racism,” he said. “A lot of people, particularly those involved in the Freedom Rides to save free transport, have been Labour voters all their lives.

“But now they’re sickened with Labour. Saying vote Labour won’t wash. And we’re not only saying don’t vote Ukip, we’re saying there’s an alternative.”

Dave said TUSC would also oppose plans for a free school in the area, campaign for access to transport and fight racism.

TUSC will hold a national conference on Saturday 24 January. For more information or to get involved in local campaigns go to

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Tue 13 Jan 2015, 17:47 GMT
Issue No. 2436
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