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Respect: by-elections a chance to humble Blair

Issue No. 1908

ON THURSDAY 15 July Tony Blair faces two key parliamentary by-elections—and the Respect coalition is coming to get him.

The by-elections, in Leicester South and Birmingham Hodge Hill, are a great chance to punish Blair for the war in Iraq, the endless waves of privatisation, the attacks on trade unionists and pensioners—and so much more.

Yvonne Ridley has been selected as the Respect candidate in Leicester. John Rees has been selected in Birmingham.

They are confident that Respect can build on the good results it has already achieved in these areas and step up the challenge to New Labour.

John Rees, a founder of the Stop the War Coalition, was the Respect West Midlands candidate for the Euro elections.

He says, “Respect has already won the support of many people in Hodge Hill at the Euro elections.

“The people of Hodge Hill deserve a better choice than a Labour Party which favours war and privatisation or a Liberal party that has gone into coalition with the Tories on Birmingham City Council.

“Respect is that better alternative, standing for welfare not warfare, for equality and social justice.”

Yvonne Ridley says, “I have seen what Blair’s wars do in Iraq and Afghanistan. I hope the voters here can send him on his way.”

Every Respect supporter can play their part in a campaign which can offer a radical alternative to Tony Blair and New Labour.

Get involved in the Respect campaign


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Sat 3 Jul 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1908
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