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From The Socialist newspaper, 15 January 2014
"I'll be voting for the trade unionists"
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) supporters in Lewisham held a weekend of election campaigning on 11-12 January.
Chris Flood is seeking re-election to the seat that he held on Lewisham council until 2010.
The weekend started with a car cavalcade which noisily announced our intention to stand widely at this year's elections.
Cars went through the borough decked out in TUSC posters stating our opposition to the cuts. Loudspeakers and loudhailers said that TUSC was the only option if you wanted anti-cuts councillors elected.
On Sunday we held our first mass canvass of Telegraph Hill ward where Chris and another Socialist Party member Ian Page were previously councillors.
Around 20 TUSC supporters came from around London to participate. Before we got onto the streets we saw signs of support for our election campaign.
A woman sitting in the café near where we were preparing for the canvass said: "I'll be voting for the trade unionists, I heard them going round in cars yesterday saying they were against cuts."
We received a very friendly response from people on the doorstep. Many constituents remembered the work that our councillors had done in the ward. Lewisham TUSC has started 2014 with a bang!
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Nearest tube Warren Street, Saturday 1 February, 11am to 4.30pm. Conference registration fee: £10 waged /£2 low/unwaged
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In The Socialist 15 January 2014:
Socialist Party news and analysis
Evict the Con-Dems!
Huge anger at inquest verdict on killing of Mark Duggan
Pensioners are not economic 'joy riders'
Gove wages war on history teachers
Them & Us
International socialist news and analysis
Ariel Sharon: a brutal architect of monstrous crimes
Seattle: '15 Now' minimum wage campaign launched
Socialist Party workplace news
RMT v Johnson: Union prepares to defend London Underground
Teachers need a strategy to win
The underbelly of prison privatisation
Unison: National anti-cuts battle needed
Support Glasgow care workers fighting attacks
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party youth and students
Organising fast food workers
Pupils chase hated Gove around their school
More attacks on further education funding
University bosses' snouts in the trough
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Exploratory drillers told to "Frack Off"
"I'll be voting for the trade unionists"
Building the Socialist Party
Obituary: Jimmy Parry, Liverpool 47 socialist councillor
Socialist Party review
Film review: 12 Years a Slave
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