Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page:

From The Socialist newspaper, 4 May 2006

Socialist Party members’ election successes

Press statement from the Socialist Party

For immediate use: 5 May 2006

Further information contact Ken Smith on 020 8988 8778

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%.

Click here for more on the election results

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%

Donate to the Socialist Party

Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation £


Your message: 


In The Socialist 4 May 2006:

Socialist Party NHS campaign

NHS workers demand action

Swansea ballot shows depth of support for NHS


Liberals withdraw Cardiff schools closure plans...

Press release

Socialist Party members’ election successes

Socialist Party workplace news

Defending jobs and services

LSC staff say "enough is enough"

1926 General Strike

Nine days that shook Britain

International socialist news and analysis

USA - immigrant workers strike to demand equal rights

US students say 'education not war'

Germany: WASG national congress - shift to the right

End of Berlusconi era - clean break needed with neo-liberal policies


Home   |   The Socialist 4 May 2006   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  

Related links:


triangleSabotage - the inner workings of Labour's political machine exposed

triangleLabour leadership election: Starmer wins but the fight for socialism goes on

triangleEnd of the Corbyn era - Organise to fight for socialist policies

triangleEnd of the Corbyn era

triangleCouncil cuts could cost Labour another general election

Socialist Party:

triangleMick Cotter 21-9-57 to 20-5-20

triangleSocialism the Podcast: 2020 episodes

triangleSocialism the Podcast: 2018 episodes

triangleHackney, Waltham Forest & East London Socialist Party branches: Johnson's 'back to school' plan is not safe


triangleCommunities condemn Tory handling of crisis - with safe protests

triangleBirmingham Socialist Party: Israel-Palestine - recent developments & the future

triangleWest London Socialist Party: Lessons of the 1973 military coup in Chile


triangleKirklees: Labour and Green councillors refuse to fight the cuts

triangleLaunch of Huddersfield Women's Lives Matter


triangleContract tracer speaks out: Tories' plan is outsourced chaos


triangleCoventry socialist candidate wins votes against austerity


triangleISS workers' pay victory

Chris Flood:

triangleGaining momentum in Lewisham

Jackie Grunsell:

triangleTories' NHS cash insult - mass action can save our NHS

Dave Nellist:

triangleWakefield Socialist Party: After Starmer's victory - how to continue the struggle for socialism

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns



Mick Cotter 21-9-57 to 20-5-20


Rolls Royce

Strong union response needed against job cuts



Organising to fight for workplace safety



Postal workers' action results in double victory for union



Posties walk out in Peterborough after manager tests positive



Johnson claims workplaces safe but HSE cancels inspections



Safe protests against Tory corona chaos continue



Trades council debates workers' political representation



Communities condemn Tory handling of crisis - with safe protests



Contract tracer speaks out: Tories' plan is outsourced chaos



Parents - Organise against 'back to school' plans that threaten everyone's safety


West Midlands

West Midlands trade union activists discuss the battle for safety on the front line



Transport union RMT tells members: refuse to work in unsafe conditions


Boris Johnson

Johnson's plan terrifies me - readers react to lifting lockdown



Starmer in full retreat over C-19 rents crisis

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube



Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777


Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 07748 534 891

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041



Alphabetical listing

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020