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From The Socialist newspaper, 23 May 2012
Building the electoral alternative in Brent
Just over a month ago I was thinking about how to campaign for the anti-cuts electoral alternative, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC). I decided to put my energy into making something happen in my borough, Brent, rather than travelling to where more was already happening.
Once I realised that one of the London TUSC list candidates and member of Fire Brigades Union (FBU) lived in my borough I knew where to start so arranged to meet and planned from there.
With support from Socialist Party members from neighbouring boroughs we quickly put together a TUSC organising meeting with local trade unionists and other left activists.
A plan of activity was drawn up and we gathered people as we organised a TUSC public meeting. 16 people turned up to hear our alternative to austerity, including six new activists who had gathered around the campaign. One sixth form student spoke about his excitement at hearing what was said and the "pins" he was feeling as he spoke. The meeting raised over £100 for the campaign, including £40 from the FBU.
At the election TUSC got 878 votes in Brent. I know for certain that the small impact we made was significant as many people we came across while campaigning did not know of TUSC but after discussion went out to vote for us. The best however may still be to come.
Socialist Party takes off in Brent
After the elections we organised a Socialist Party meeting to discuss recent elections throughout Europe. 12 people attended, six were new to the party, and we had a lively discussion about recent developments in France, Greece, building TUSC and the case for socialism.
One person agreed to join and another is thinking hard about joining while being understandably sceptical of "joining a party". All agreed to attend further meetings to build a left alternative to Labour in Brent.
The contact list is growing and we have the seeds of a a new Socailist Party branch in Brent which could radically change the local political scene which has seen a Labour council - yes, a Labour council - closing down six libraries and cutting many other public services.
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In The Socialist 23 May 2012:
Fighting the cuts
Hospital jobs scandal - Action now to save the NHS!
Con-Dems' hypocrisy over children's care
Our education under attack
Council workers in Cheshire strike against attacks on pay
Socialist Party news and analysis
We stand 100% with the Greek workers
Rochdale: far right attempts to exploit tragedy of abuse
Them & Us
International socialist news and analysis
Ireland: 31 May referendum
Eurovision hosts are top of the charts for repression
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Back to work? How the system fails the unemployed
Mullivaikal 2012 - Solidarity with the Tamil people
Lincolnshire academies in crisis
Profit hungry 'Big Oil' backs climate change deniers
The housing crisis - action needed now
Youth Fight for Jobs Northern Ireland launched in Belfast
Building the electoral alternative in Brent
Stockland Green march for jobs
More attacks on right to campaign
Socialist Party workplace news
Interview with RMT assistant general secretary candidate
AEI Cables: "Thrown out in disgraceful circumstances"
Leadership shows weakness at CWU conference
Workplace news in brief
National Shop Stewards Network
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