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Meet a TUSC candidate - Rob Punton

Issue No. 2439

Rob Punton

Rob Punton (Pic: Socialist Worker)

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) will stand parliamentary candidates in May’s general election to give an alternative to racism and austerity.

Disabled People Against Cuts (Dpac) activist Rob Punton is standing in Birmingham’s Perry Barr constituency. 

Rob told Socialist Worker, “I have thirty years experience as a disabled activist. 

“So taking action against the attacks on Independent Living Fund (ILF) benefit and social workers will be a big part of my campaign” 

He explained that his campaign would link up with the wider community.

“Disability is about the barriers that stop people from taking part in their communities,” he said.

“The Tories, Lib Dems and Labour are trying to divide us. But as socialists, we have to break down those barriers by working together.”

Rob added, “We’re in a multicultural area, so my campaign will also be about fighting racism and Islamophobia—immigration is not a problem.”

Some argue that people on the left should vote Labour to keep the Tories and Ukip out.

But Rob said, “Labour is not standing up for working class people. 

“They even support attacks on welfare. 

“So that’s why we’re standing—we need someone who stands up for our rights. We’re giving a proper alternative.”

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Tue 3 Feb 2015, 18:33 GMT
Issue No. 2439
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