Socialist Worker

TUSC looks beyond 7 May general election to build the fightback

by Nick Clark
Issue No. 2451

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) parliamentary candidates are making a final push before next week’s general election.

Their campaigns are drawing in people who want to see an end to austerity.

Ayesha Saleem, TUSC candidate for Edinburgh East, told Socialist Worker, “I spoke at a hustings to 200 people. The Ukip candidate got booed and called a racist. 

“The Tory candidate got booed, and Labour and Lib Dem candidates got heckled.

“There was definitely an anti-austerity mood.”

TUSC candidates want to continue building a left alternative after the election.

Carlo Morelli, TUSC candidate for Dundee East told Socialist Worker, “We’ve created a debate. A leading activist from the Greens recently had a long discussion with us and agreed we need a more united left after the election.”

Maxine Bowler, TUSC candidate for Brightside and Hillsborough in Sheffield, told Socialist Worker, “Some people are breaking from Labour, but many will vote for it because they can’t bear to see the Tories in.”

She added, “We need to talk about how to build an alternative in this area.”

In Tottenham, north London, TUSC candidate Jenny Sutton told Socialist Worker, “There’s a real buzz around the campaign.

“We’ve consolidated a network of people who know that whoever wins, there’ll be cuts to come—and a fight to come too.”

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