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From The Socialist newspaper, 13 March 2014

Labour can't even offer an alternative candidate

Second Maltby councillor for TUSC

Almost a year to the day after the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate Joe Robinson won a town council seat in the ex-mining town of Maltby, in South Yorkshire, TUSC has won a second seat, this time in Maltby East.

Joe won his seat with 60% of the vote against his only other opponent, an 'independent' without description on the ballot paper, but in reality the Labour candidate.

This time, TUSC candidate Shaun Barratt, a member of the Usdaw shopworkers' union, was the only person to hand in nomination papers by the deadline, and was therefore elected unopposed.

This was in a ward where previously Labour had held four out of the five seats. Other than a different version of the Con-Dems' austerity agenda, Labour has nothing to offer workers - this time, not even a candidate!

There is another byelection soon, for Maltby South ward, which will be contested by TUSC candidate and Unison member Gavin Roberts.


TUSC

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is an electoral alliance that stands candidates against all cuts and privatisation.

It involves the RMT transport union, leading members of other unions and socialists including the Socialist Party.

This May TUSC plans to stand hundreds of no-cuts candidates in the council elections against all the austerity parties voting through the destruction of jobs and services. Could you be a candidate?

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