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From The Socialist newspaper, 22 April 2015

Elections 2015: Why I'm standing

A record of standing up for workers

Chris Fernandez, TUSC parliamentary candidate in Derby South

I'm angry. As a support worker in the health sector for people with complex needs I'm angry with what is happening to people due to cuts, when there is no need for cuts.

All the main parties want to reduce the government deficit with cuts. However, over 120 billion is lost to tax evasion and avoidance each year. You can cut the deficit without cutting people. I'm also angry about those MPs who talk a lot but will do nothing for ordinary people.

I'm a Unison workplace rep. In 2013 I led a strike against wage cuts and restructuring and I'm now campaigning for union recognition in my workplace.

In south Derby I was involved in the campaign to keep the Moorways swimming pool open which the Labour council wanted to close. We managed to save the pool for another year.

I have campaigned against the building of the incinerator waste plant in Sinfin ward. When Rolls Royce - whose factories in Sinfin employ thousands of workers - announced job cuts, I called for the renationalisation of the company.

On all of these issues, the sitting Labour MP, Dame Margaret Beckett, has not said a word. She was one of many Labour MPs who voted on 13 January with the Tories and Liberals for another 30 billion worth of cuts for the next parliament!

The people of Derby South deserve better. They need an MP who not only speaks out against these cuts and votes against them, but will campaign against them.

In contrast to an MP's bloated salary of 67,000 a year, I am pledging that I will only take the average wage of a worker in Derby South - 24,000 - so I don't become divorced from the lives of ordinary people. I will put the surplus into a solidarity fund to support workers in struggle.

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In The Socialist 22 April 2015:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Stop NHS cuts!

Election: Distorted effect of anger against austerity

Labour is facing electoral oblivion in Scotland

Fleeing refugees drown in 'Mediterranean cemetery'

Beyond the Pale - capitalism and the environment

Tories reassure tax avoiders

Them & Us


Socialist history

30 years ago: 250,000 school students walked out.


Elections 2015

TUSC's election broadcast - "at last - a left wing alternative"

TUSC v broadcasters and banksters

York Central: 'A breath of fresh air'

Standing up for workers in Derby South

Election appeal update


Socialist Party workplace news

Usdaw conference

Pay issues dominate at Unison Health conference

Kone engineers

CWU conference: We need a fighting trade union


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

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Housing crisis: We demand rent controls!

NUS women's conference


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Janner scandal: ruling class closes ranks


 

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