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Respect’s challenge to New Labour

The coalition's election campaign will target key seats

Issue No. 1944

Respect had a huge presence on Saturday’s anti-war protest in London (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Respect had a huge presence on Saturday’s anti-war protest in London (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Left to Tony Blair and Michael Howard we have six weeks of rancid reaction ahead.

Every bigoted outburst from the Tories in what is now the election campaign is met with cries of “me too” from New Labour.

But many people are desperate for someone to hit New Labour from the left in May’s expected election. Like the 150,000 who marched in London last Saturday, they want Blair held to account for the Iraq war.

That’s why it is so vital that Respect, the political coalition that emerged out of the anti-war movement, is standing candidates.

For the first time in two generations a left of Labour force has the chance to win seats at a general election in England. Respect is standing in about 30 seats to make that breakthrough, concentrating on areas such as east London and Birmingham where it has a real possibility of winning.

Wherever you are, you can back that campaign by giving money, travelling to the nearest constituency Respect is standing in, and encouraging others to do the same.

If George Galloway or any other Respect candidate wins it will have an impact way beyond their seat. It will shatter the deadening notion that the only choice is between Labour and the Tories, with the Liberal Democrats opportunistically looking out for a cabinet post.

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Sat 26 Mar 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1944
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