Socialist Worker

Debating where next for TUSC after Corbyn’s win

by Tomáš Tengely-Evans
Issue No. 2473

Around 200 people joined the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition’s (TUSC) annual conference in central London last Saturday.

Delegates debated the impact of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership victory and the local elections next May.

Charlie Kimber from the Socialist Workers Party said, “Jeremy Corbyn has transformed the political situation. We need to continue to put forward the socialist alternative. 

“While we do not rule out standing in elections, we have to be careful about where it’s appropriate to stand.”

Pull 

Other speakers included the Socialist Party’s Peter Taaffe, RMT union president Peter Pinkney and the Independent Socialist Network’s Will McMahon.  

There’s a pull for some unions to reaffiliate to the Labour Party.

Some RMT members are pushing for a special conference. 

But RMT president Peter Pinkney said, “TUSC is not dead and we’re not reaffiliating to the Labour Party.”

He said, “What if Jeremy’s ousted in six months and the right wingers are back in charge?

“We’ll continue to support TUSC—and wait and see on the Labour Party.”


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