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From The Socialist newspaper, 20 October 2021

Fighting the cuts at the ballot box in Liverpool

Socialist Party stall in Liverpool - campaigning for TUSC election candidates, 24.4.21, photo Mark Best

Socialist Party stall in Liverpool - campaigning for TUSC election candidates, 24.4.21, photo Mark Best   (Click to enlarge)

Roger Bannister, Liverpool Socialist Party

A by-election has been called in the Kirkdale ward of Liverpool following the resignation of right-wing Labour councillor Malcolm Kennedy. Kennedy moved to Spain in March 2020, but refused to resign his council seat. He continued to 'represent' this socially deprived, inner city ward from afar - attending meetings via Zoom! Under council rules Kennedy would have had to attend a council meeting in person during October. He refused. Another by-election has been called in Clubmoor.

Meanwhile, the Labour-led authority seems to be hell-bent on alienating the Liverpool electorate. Police are still conducting investigations into municipal affairs; the Tory government has sent commissioners to take over the council functions of regeneration, highways and improvement for three years; the former Labour mayor is waiting to see if he will face criminal charges; the current Labour mayor refused to take action to stop a highly unpopular arms fair in the city! The latest allegations that have emerged following a freedom of information request are that in 2014 nine acres of council-owned land were given to a local building company free of charge, and the company started to sell the land, already netting a profit of £115,000 on just two sales!

Against this background it would be criminal to sit idle and deny working-class voters in Kirkdale and Clubmoor the opportunity to register a socialist vote in opposition, and build a campaign to stop the £33 million cuts planned for the next financial year.

The Socialist Party supports standing candidates as part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition - pledging to vote against all cuts, and to fight for a needs budget for the city, backed up by a working-class-based campaign to remove the Tory commissioners, demand the funding needed from government, and end the transfer of council services and assets to the private sector.

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In The Socialist 20 October 2021:


News

Fight for a socialist recovery

Tories to blame for GP crisis

Container delay carnage makes the case for socialist planning

Socialist nationalisation not bailouts for the bosses


Workplace news

Unite union policy conference

University workers ballot for strike action

Unite and fight for 30,000 permanent DWP jobs

Gwent valleys Stagecoach bus drivers strike for fair pay

Reinstate Gary Evans! Llanelli postal workers strike

Napo AGM 2021: Union placed on war footing

Scunthorpe scaffs strike for pay


People's budgets

People's Budgets - a socialist answer to cruel cuts

Brighton bin workers' victory in sight

Fight to defend homelessness services

Ealing People's Budget - cuts can be resisted

Northampton People's Budget - cuts and privatisation is a failed strategy

Fighting the cuts at the ballot box in Liverpool


Fall of apartheid

The fall of Apartheid in South Africa


Climate change

COP26: Trade unions must fight for a socialist transition to renewables

Save the planet from capitalist climate catastrophe


International

Austria: Chancellor Kurz resigns amid allegations of corruption


Obituary

Obituary - Tony Davison: "I work for Militant, but Laing's pay my wages"


Campaigns

"Are you the socialist cabby?"

Housing crisis: Tories and Labour are not on our side

Liverpool arms fair: Hundreds of protesters defy police 'dispersal zone'

Hackney children's centres - more education cuts are devastating

Biggest protest yet to save Stratford Circus

Doncaster: Vigil condemns violence against women


Readers' opinion

I'm unemployed: For me vacancy crisis is a lie

TV review: Squid Game


 

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