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Socialist Party members’ election successes
Press statement from the Socialist Party
For immediate use: 5 May 2006
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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%.
|London||Lewisham Telegraph Hill||Cllr Ian
Cllr Chris Flood
|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%|
In The Socialist 4 May 2006:
Socialist Party NHS campaign
Socialist Party workplace news
1926 General Strike
International socialist news and analysis