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From The Socialist newspaper, 20 August 2014
TUSC byelection reports
For the second time in eleven months, TUSC has polled a strong third position for Rossall ward of Fleetwood town council in Lancashire, winning 19% of the vote. TUSC also contested a second seat for the first time, gaining 8%.
Rossall candidate Ray Smith said: "I shall endeavour to continue my fight against the cuts, fighting for people's rights, the downtrodden, the workers, pensioners, disabled. Most of all I will continue to fight for jobs and investment in our local community."
TUSC will mount a massive challenge at next year's elections for the whole town council. As Ray says, "I'll be back in May next year!"
Mental health worker and Unite steward Mark Dunne will be standing for TUSC in the Beckton ward byelection in Newham, East London.
All council seats in Newham are held by Labour. But, like all other Labour-run local authorities, the council has ploughed through cuts on behalf of the Con-Dems.
Mark is standing to give voters the opportunity to vote for a real no-cuts alternative. That includes building council housing, using the borough's compulsory landlord registration to introduce rent controls, scrapping the bedroom tax and restoring council tax benefits.
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is an electoral alliance that stands candidates against all cuts and privatisation. It involves the RMT transport workers' union, leading members of other trade unions including the PCS, NUT and POA, and socialist groups including the Socialist Party. In May 2014 TUSC stood 554 candidates, the largest left-of-Labour local election challenge for over 60 years.
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In The Socialist 20 August 2014:
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We can't live on poverty pay!
Protests, strikes, equality: Women in World War One
Socialist policies needed to answer Project Fear
Scandal of underfunded mental health services
Government's economic mirage as election approaches
Them & Us
The Socialist readers' comments
Welsh councils have a choice
Why I joined the Socialists
International socialist news and analysis
Iraq: Only united action can stop sectarian war
USA: Ferguson erupts over police killing
Jess Spear election success
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Capitalism means war: Join the Socialists!
Join the Fast Food Rights day of action on 28 August
Youth services: jobs and centres slashed
Campaign steps up on New Era estate
Re-house Charlie Wort!
Protest camp brings NHS activists together
The People's March for the NHS
Liverpool anger at library closures
Campaigning for genuine equality at Leeds Pride
TUSC byelection reports
Socialist Party workplace news
Care UK workers to strike for three weeks
North West Fire Service call centre cuts catastrophe
BT pay cuts: we need less surveys, more action!
Surrey council workers look to strike on pay
Royal Mail workers stage unofficial walkout
Support London Taxi drivers' fight against deregulation
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