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Hitting streets for Paul Foot campaign

by Caroline Conway, secretary Hackney Socialist Alliance
Issue No. 1821

CAMPAIGNING ACTIVITY for Socialist Alliance candidate Paul Foot to be the first directly elected mayor of Hackney stepped up another gear last week. By Sunday night our eight page election newspaper had been delivered to tens of thousands of households. Our open-top battlebus took to the streets on Saturday, and Paul has been enthusiastically greeted at meetings large and small throughout the borough. Socialist Alliance members and supporters showed solidarity with striking council workers on Tuesday 1 October, visiting picket lines and handing out a special 'Foot for mayor' leaflet.

Paul addressed their rally on the town hall steps, giving full support for the demand for £4,000 London weighting, and placing workers' rights at the centre of his campaign. He also spoke at the library workers' rally on Saturday, backing their year-long dispute for the restoration of Saturday pay.

From the London Cycling Campaign to the Day-Mer Turkish and Kurdish Community Centre, from the launch of Black History Month to Thursday's 'Unite!' hustings at the town hall, Paul's passionate socialist vision has inspired a new layer of people who are demanding to get involved.

Our postbag has never been busier and the invitations keep on rolling in. Postal ballots have now arrived. We have until 6pm on 17 October to win a substantial vote against war and privatisation, and for a mayor who will firmly place people before profit.

As film-maker Ken Loach says 'Paul Foot's vision and energy could transform politics in Hackney. What a breath of fresh air it would be for him to be elected mayor.'

If you want to get involved phone 020 8525 6616 or e-mail Come to the election rally on Monday 14 October at 7.30pm at the Bullion Room theatre (behind the Hackney Empire), with Mark Serwotka, Liz Davies, Cecilia Prosper, Mike Rosen, Mark Steel and other speakers.

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Sat 12 Oct 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1821
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