Parliamentary candidates for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) have hit the ground running as the official general election campaign gets under way.
Tottenham candidate Jenny Sutton has produced an election newspaper, and spent last weekend delivering them to local residents.
She told Socialist Worker, “We managed to cover about a third of the ward over the weekend, with 42 people helping out.”
Jenny explained that her campaign was involving lots of new people in political activity.
“People we hadn’t met before came to help out after seeing our leaflets,” she said.
“A street cleaner came to help on both days. We met him on a protest outside Haringey council, and he put one of our posters on his barrow.
“Not one Labour councillor voted against £70 million worth of cuts that would mean a quarter of the Haringey workforce could be made redundant”.
Glasgow North candidate Angela McCormick described a similar experience.
She told Socialist Worker, “We’re busy and loving it. But it’s not easy—we’ve got to fight hard.
“People want to see real change and the promises of the referendum. They want to punish Labour from the left.
“What we’re trying to do is offer an example. Everywhere we go we’re getting support and offers for help.”
Over 100 people attended a hustings in Streatham, south London, involving TUSC candidate Unjum Mirza on Thursday of last week.
Streatham resident Pamela told Socialist Worker she was considering voting TUSC after the hustings.
She said, “I’m from an immigrant background and working class. I would have traditionally voted Labour.
“But because of our Labour council, and our MP Chukka Umunna, I can’t say I could bring myself to vote for them.
“People are getting fed up with the mainstream parties. I don’t know who I’m voting for yet, but I’m thinking of voting for TUSC.”