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From The Socialist newspaper, 4 May 2006

Socialist Party members’ election successes

Press statement from the Socialist Party


For immediate use: 5 May 2006

info@socialistparty.org.uk kensmith@socialistparty.org.uk

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Socialist Party members – standing as Socialist Alternative candidates and on behalf of Save Huddersfield’s NHS campaign - scored outstanding successes in the local elections.

The election Dr Jackie Grunsell, standing as a Save Huddersfield’s NHS candidate, represents the local government equivalent of the election of the Wyre Valley MP in 2001 who stood against hospital closures in Kidderminster.

Jackie received 2,176 votes, a majority of over 700, on a turnout of over 49%.

Jackie’s victory comes in the aftermath of months of campaigning in the Huddersfield and Kirklees area against threatened hospital cutbacks and closures, where two major demonstrations mobilised thousands on the streets.

The campaign also squeezed out the BNP vote in an area where they were otherwise making some headway.

As well as Jackie, three other Socialist Party members were elected as councilors – Ian Page and Chris Flood in Lewisham Telegraph Hill and Rob Windsor in Coventry St Michael’s.

The Socialist Party now has seven members who are councilors in London, Yorkshire and the West Midlands.

Additionally, many other Socialist Party candidates scored creditable improvements on previous results and saw a consolidation of the party’s support in Coventry and Lewisham.

Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe said today:

 “The election of Jackie Grunsell, along with other Socialist Party candidates – as well as other left-wing and independent campaigners on issues such as the NHS – is to be welcomed and shows the potential for a new mass workers’ party to begin to be established.

“And, I’m sure that the election of Jackie Grunsell, which has come at a crucial time in the battle to defend the NHS for working-class people, will greatly assist in developing national campaign on the NHS which links NHS trade unions and community campaigners in calling for a national strike and demonstration to defend the NHS.


Excellent results for the Socialist Party

THE SOCIALIST Party secured some excellent results in the local elections around the country.

Councillors Ian Page and Chris Flood were re-elected in Lewisham, south London with increased votes. Rob Windsor rejoined Socialist Party councillors Dave Nellist and Karen Mackay on Coventry City Council.

Standing for the first time in Lewisham Telegraph Hill, Jess Leech won 27.5% of the vote while Paul Sutton in Stoke Abbey Green and Josie Kenny in Henley, Coventry won 17%.

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Region Seat Candidate Results
London Lewisham Telegraph Hill Cllr Ian Page

Cllr Chris Flood

Jess Leech

1118 - 37% elected

929 - 31% elected

821 - 27.5% 

London Walthamstow High St Claire Buddle 245 -6.8%
London Southwark Cathedral Lois Austin 231 - 8.2%
North West Manchester Baguley Lynn Worthington 214 - 8.7%
North West Kendal Kirkland Andrew Billson-Page (NHS anti-cuts candidate) 100 - 5.7%
Merseyside Netherton and Orrell Bootle Pete Glover 338 - 16%
Northern Newcastle Byker Paul Owens 289 - 13%
Southern Southampton Bevois Nick Chaffey 157 - 8%
West Midlands Coventry St Michaels Rob Windsor 1191 - 40% elected
West Midlands Coventry Lower Stoke Dave Runnells 292 - 7.6%
West Midlands Coventry Henley Josie Kenny 572 - 17%
West Midlands Coventry Whoberley Ross Saunders 338 - 8.3%
West Midlands Coventry Sherbourne Jason Toynbee 357 - 10%
West Midlands Nuneaton and Bedworth Exhall Eileen Hunter 257 - 13.5%
West Midlands Stoke Abbey Green Cllr Paul Sutton 508 - 17%
Yorkshire Huddersfield Crosland Moor and Netherton Dr Jackie Grunsell (Save Huddersfield NHS) 2,176 - 35% elected
Yorkshire Sheffield Graves Park Calvin Payne 206 - 4.1%
Yorkshire Wakefield East Mick Griffiths 231 - 6.5%

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In The Socialist 4 May 2006:


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