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From The Socialist newspaper, 30 April 2015
Anti-cuts councillor set to defend seat
Don Thomas (Click to enlarge)
This election campaign has shown the rising tide of anti-austerity anger at Westminster politicians and the cuts agenda.
Protests in Southampton against library cuts and benefit sanctions have had large turnouts. Our street stalls have met enthusiastic support for campaigns to save Woodside Lodge care home and the Bitterne NHS walk-in centre.
Hustings give a glimpse of the battles to come. Under the pressure of an angry electorate, Tory and Labour candidates give false promises to provide 'milk and honey' to the NHS. Meanwhile, they are preparing a £30 billion slaughterhouse cuts programme.
The electorate is way to the left of the austerity consensus. In Southampton, TUSC councillors Don Thomas (pictured above) and Keith Morrell have given a courageous lead: voting to oppose all cuts. By building a united campaign with council trade unions and the community, they fought successfully to save Oaklands swimming pool.
Keith was re-elected last year with 43% of the vote. This year, Don is standing for re-election on his record as an anti-cuts councillor. TUSC and Don support all those in the city who are fighting the cuts and maintaining a working class voice in the council chamber.
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In The Socialist 30 April 2015:
Socialist Party news and analysis
NHS in crisis
After the election: prepare for the battles to come
Establishment witch-hunt in Tower Hamlets
Rent controls? Another Labour fudge
And the rich just get richer!
Them & Us
The Socialist election schedule
International socialist news and analysis
125 years of May Day: Learn lessons of past struggles
Ireland: crucial stage for water charges
Greece: gold mining meeting
Socialist plan or capitalist chaos
Why you should join the socialists
Why the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition?
Why I'm standing
Key working class fighters rally to TUSC
Anti-cuts councillor set to defend seat
Pop star and activist Jawad Ahmad backs TUSC
Why many class fighters won't vote Labour
Socialist Party workplace news
Labour Party link dominates conference discussion
Dundee porters force NHS bosses to retreat
Glasgow homelessness caseworkers' strike
MoD IT workers demand decent pay
Bromley workers escalate strikes
Bradford bus drivers strike against job losses
Wales: Hundreds protest cuts to adult education
Barking bin workers walkout over pay cuts
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