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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 May 2012

Election results: How did TUSC do?

Clive Heemskerk, TUSC national nominating officer
TUSC on the NUT London strike demonstration on 28 March 2012, photo Socialist Party

TUSC on the NUT London strike demonstration on 28 March 2012, photo Socialist Party   (Click to enlarge)

This year's elections were the second set of local polls contested by the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) since it was formed in early 2010. How did TUSC do?

It is hard to draw broad conclusions from a small sample. Elections took place in 128 councils in England, to fill 2,407 seats. TUSC stood 120 candidates, 5% of the seats, in 36 councils (28%). In Wales there were 14 TUSC candidates (out of the 1,224 seats vacant) in four of the 22 councils with elections.

But the results say something. The BBC, followed by the other media, headlined 'growing support for Ukip' on the basis that it "gained 13% of the vote in the seats where they stood". Ukip stood in more seats (19%) but still TUSC council candidates averaged 6.2% 'where they stood' - but was this reported? Or the victory of two TUSC-backed candidates, Michael Lavalette in Preston and Peter Smith in Walsall?

The BBC has form. It broadcast a television national news item on April 25 on the prospect for smaller, 'fringe' parties in the local elections but completely excluded TUSC. It featured the English Democrats, who stood in 91 seats, and Respect - but did not explain how there could be a surge to George Galloway's party when it was contesting just 15 seats across four councils.

One thing is clear - TUSC got a higher share of the vote than its share of media coverage! The official letter of complaint from TUSC to the BBC has still not been answered.

The total vote for all TUSC candidates was 43,671. This includes the votes in the Liverpool mayoral contest, and the more disappointing results in the London Assembly list elections (see separate reports: 4,792 mayoral vote for Liverpool 47 candidate and London elections - TUSC: A marker for future struggles).

In the council elections the TUSC candidates' 6.2% average vote was up from last year's 5.2%. But in 74 wards it is possible to make a more direct comparison with last year as TUSC stood there in 2011. In these 'comparator wards' TUSC's share of the vote rose, from 5.4% in 2011 to 6.8% this year.

Improvement

In the council contests, the ratio of Labour voters to TUSC voters was nine. In other words, for every person who voted for TUSC (21,124), there were nine people who voted Labour (187,015). Last year the ratio was ten Labour voters to every one TUSC supporter.

TUSC candidates contested 98 wards against Liberal Democrats. In the others - one quarter of the wards we stood in - one of the 'parties of government' was unable to field a candidate!

Where there was a clash, TUSC outpolled a Liberal Democrat candidate in one in five wards (22). Not a broad sample - but not insignificant. Last year the Lib Dems outpolled TUSC in seven out of eight contests.

Not every area saw increased electoral support. Our average vote slipped from 3.3% to 3% in Southampton, while still polling 1,227 votes city-wide.

Southampton was a national Labour target - with two visits from party leader Ed Miliband - where Labour-affiliated unions poured in resources to defeat the Tory council.

A newsletter to Southampton Unison members carried an article headed 'Why Unison does not support the Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts', stressing that "despite the name of the coalition it is not endorsed in any way by Unison".

But this attack shows the significance of TUSC. The Greens also stood ten candidates in Southampton. Where was the Unison material attacking them?

But the Greens are not seen as part of the labour movement and, with their acceptance that councils can do nothing but implement government cuts, are not a serious challenge to Labour-supporting trade union leaders.

The importance of TUSC's election campaigns lie, above all, in their potential to act as a catalyst in the trade unions for the idea of independent working class political representation, given Labour's transformation into another party of capitalism.

With the support gained from militant trade unionists, and in the modest advances in the votes achieved, May's elections were another step forward in that task.

A full breakdown of the results is available on the TUSC website at www.tusc.org.uk

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In The Socialist 9 May 2012:


Socialist Party election analysis

Legitimacy of Cameron and Clegg further shattered

Election results: How did TUSC do?

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Labour's best Wales result in 21 years will not stop cuts

London elections - TUSC: A marker for future struggles

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4,792 mayoral vote for Liverpool 47 candidate

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition local election reports

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