Respect groups across England are selecting candidates for the May council elections.
Respect candidate Jerry Hicks, who was sacked from Rolls Royce in Bristol last year after a long struggle, told Socialist Worker, “We have launched our Respect campaign in Lockleaze ward in the north of Bristol. We have already leafletted the ward once. Thirty people, including students, came out to distribute the leaflet.
“There was a very favourable response because of my association with the dispute at Rolls Royce and the political side of Respect. We want to get a second leaflet out this week.
“We have had two Respect meetings of over 40 people to discuss which ward to stand in and to select a candidate. I have also had good coverage in the local media.
“A number of struggles are coming together in Bristol. The NUJ journalists’ union is fighting aginst redundancies on the local Northcliffe papers. They went to the PCS civil service workers’ picket line last week.”
Student Respect will be standing in elections for the leadership of the National Union of Students (NUS) at this year’s conference.
The NUS is dominated by those in the Labour Party and “organised independents” who work with them. Student Respect is standing Suzie Wylie, a part time executive member, for national treasurer.
Hanif Leylabi, a student at Leeds University, will stand for the position of vice-president welfare and Matt Collins, a college student in Lewisham, will stand for vice-president further education.
Respect will also stand for the part time executive.
In addition Pav Akhtar and George Woods are standing for NUS president and vice-president education. Although not Respect members, both have a good record of anti-war and anti-racist campaigning, and Student Respect is urging support for them.
Respect supporters at institutions affiliated to NUS should push hard to get elected to the conference, which takes place on 28-30 March in Blackpool.
Around 40 people attended a meeting on Palestine on Wednesday of last week at the University of Kent. The meeting was hosted by the Respect and Islamic Societies.