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Building the alternative at TUSC conference in Scotland

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2443

Delegates at the conference

Delegates at the conference (Pic: Socialist Worker)


Over 70 socialists, trade unionists and anti-cuts campaigners joined a Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) rally in Glasgow last Saturday.

TUSC supporters from across Scotland came together to launch the campaign to offer an alternative to pro austerity parties in Scotland at May’s general election.

Glasgow North TUSC candidate Angela McCormick argued “we’re living in a changed Scotland” post referendum and attacked other parties for supporting cuts.

She told the rally, “If you can’t defend the welfare state or public sector jobs from a bunch of Eton-educated, millionaire toffs then what are you for?”

Angela said TUSC has a crucial role to play in “turning the tide against the filth” of racism and combating scapegoating of immigrants.

The Scottish National Party (SNP) is predicted to take dozens of seats in May from the Labour Party, including in traditional Labour heartlands such as Glasgow.

Many people are looking to the SNP as an alternative to austerity – but the party increasingly is being exposed as committed to a cuts agenda.

TUSC candidate for Dundee West Jim McFarlane told the rally SNP-led Dundee council’s cuts has led to a number of resignations of new SNP members in disgust. And he said that the TUSC campaign was appealing to a wider audience.


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Tue 3 Mar 2015, 16:36 GMT
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