Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) election campaigns across Britain are helping build the fightback among people who are looking for an alternative to austerity.
In Tottenham, north London, TUSC candidate Jenny Sutton’s campaign is attracting people who are angry with the local Labour Party-run council’s cuts.
Street cleaner Peter Khaihra got involved with Jenny’s campaign after meeting her at a recent protest outside Haringey Council.
He told Socialist Worker that he supported Jenny because she was the only one standing up for people in the borough.
“I’ve been a floating voter since 1992. But I can’t see myself voting for Labour again,” he said.
“Jenny’s doing more fighting to save the borough than our Labour MP David Lammy—and he’s getting paid.
“I like that she says she’ll only take the average workers’ wage if elected.
“Hopefully she can give Lammy a bloody nose, and show him that he hasn’t got a job for life here—that he’s got to stand up for the people in the borough.”
In Portsmouth North, TUSC candidate Jon Woods has spent a lot of time canvassing in the working class area of Cosham.
“The positive response we’re having with people here is noticeable,” he said.
“When they see us out regularly campaigning, lots of them keep coming back to say they’re voting for me”.
In Edinburgh East, TUSC candidate Ayesha Saleem spoke at a hustingsthat saw the Labour candidate get heckled from the floor.
She told Socialist Worker, “As a TUSC candidate I got a lot of applause and cheers for standing as a principled socialist against cuts, benefit sanctions, privatisation, racism and war.”
TUSC will also be standing candidates in council elections.
Gary Kaye is the candidate for Horsforth in Leeds. He told Socialist Worker, “Three years ago I stood as a council candidate in the same ward for Labour.
“But I became very disillusioned working within the organisation.
“Labour has never apologised for the Iraq war. And even before the rise of Ukip, Labour was using the race card and blaming migrants.”
He added, “Some people have argued, what is the point of TUSC? It isn’t going to get into government.
“I’m not in politics simply for what might happen in a few years’ time.
“I want to build a left wing movement for the future, not the short term.
“I think people in society can only take so much and then they start to fight back.”