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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 May 2018
The Tusc results
TUSC May 2018 campaigning (Click to enlarge)
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) stood 111 council candidates in 33 authorities in the local elections, contesting 101 wards.
This was the most selective local election stand that TUSC has taken in its eight-year history, following the general re-calibration of its electoral policy after Jeremy Corbyn's welcome victory as Labour leader in September 2015.
There was not a single TUSC candidate on 3 May standing in a direct head-to-head contest with a Labour candidate who had been a consistent public supporter of Jeremy Corbyn and his anti-austerity policies.
The stand-out result was the victory of TUSC national steering committee member Keith Morrell, one of the three Putting People First group of anti-cuts councillors that sits on Southampton council.
The next best score was recorded in Kirklees council's Crosland Moor & Netherton ward, with TUSC wining 701 votes for a 14.2% share.
The best performance in a single council was achieved in Waltham Forest, with TUSC polling 2,841 votes across the 12 out of 20 wards contested there.
In just under one fifth of the wards it contested TUSC polled five percent or more of the vote. The mean average vote for TUSC council candidates overall was 3.7%.
- A full results report is available on the TUSC website at tusc.org.uk
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In The Socialist 9 May 2018:
Local elections 2018
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