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From The Socialist newspaper, 12 May 2000

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SOCIALIST PARTY members stood as candidates in the English local elections and the Greater London Assembly elections and received creditable votes, given the limited resources and lack of media coverage our party has. While the biggest success was undoubtedly winning another council seat in Coventry, all our candidates put in strong performances and increased their votes on previous occasions when we had stood. We outline the results below and give comparison with other votes, where the information has been received.

Northern

Newcastle Byker:

Bill Hopwood (Socialist Party *) 266 votes (16.6%)

Other votes: Labour 910, Liberal 166, Tory 162.

Carlisle Botcheby:

Paul Wilcox (Socialist Party) 305 (24.5%)

Other votes: Labour 484, Tory 456.

Yorkshire

Hull Southcotes: (two seats)

Keith Ellis (Socialist Party) 98 votes (4.2%)

Labour 767/669, Lib Dem 260/202, Tory 210

Doncaster Thorne and Moorends

Mary Jackson (Socialist Party) 147 votes (5%)

Rotherham Aston

Paul Marshall (Socialist Party) 172 votes (7.8%)

Labour 1,244, Tory 456, Lib Dem 326.

Sheffield Manor

Alistair Tice (Socialist Party) 106 votes (7.3%)

Labour 964, Lib Dem 243, Tory 143.

Sheffield Park

Terry Wykes (Socialist Party) 31 votes (1.2%)

Labour 1,030, Lib Dem 1,373, Tory 67.

Sheffield Castle

Rebecca Fryer (Socialist Party) 41 votes (2.4%)

Labour 1,130, Lib Dem 314, Tory 149.

Barnsley Wombwell North

Angie Waller (Socialist Party) 68 votes (2.9%)

Labour 1,079, Independent 384, Lib Dem 258, Tory 166.

Wakefield East Moor

Mick Griffiths (Socialist Party) 220 votes (8%)

Labour 1,503, Tory 716, Lib Dem 392.

Huddersfield Almondsbury

Jo Hayley (Socialist Party) 74 votes.

Bradford University

Sajjad Shah (Socialist Party) 98 votes (2%)

Leeds City and Holdbeck

Dave Jones (Socialist Party)

Merseyside

Sefton Netherton/Orrell

Pete Glover (Socialist Party) 416 ( 30%; compared to last election 218)

West Midlands

Tipton Green

Ian Barton (Socialist Party) 68 votes

Birmingham Erdington

Joe Foster (Socialist Party) 95 votes

Birmingham Longbridge

Clive Walder (Socialist Party) 89 votes

Coventry St Michael's

Rob Windsor (Socialist Party) 1.182 votes - elected

Labour 1,071

Coventry Willenhall

Becky Tustain (Socialist Party) 380 votes

Coventry Longford

Martin Reynolds (Socialist Party) 242 votes

Coventry Westwood

Ella Manley (Socialist Party) 292 votes

Coventry Waverly

Mark Power (Socialist Party) 262 votes

Coventry Upper Stoke

Sam Ashby (Socialist Party) 144 votes

Coventry Henley

Martha Young (Socialist Alliance) 438 votes

Stoke

Jim Cessford(Socialist Party) 112 votes (5%)

Tory 793, Labour 707, Labour 694 (Independents won nine seats in Stoke)

Eastern

Stevenage

Mark Pickersgill (Socialist Party) 32 (3%)

Basildon Langdon Hills

Dave Murray (Socialist Party) 37

In 1999 the governmentís electoral registration officer, backed up by a parliamentary committee, ruled that the Socialist Party could not use its own name in elections because of the existence of a smaller party of the same name that rarely stood in elections. After campaigning against the decision the Socialist Party reluctantly registered as Socialist Alternative for elections.

In Coventry the party registered as Socialist Alternative (Nellist). Despite the ban on us using our own name all our election literature goes out as Socialist Party material.

Greater London Assembly (GLA) elections.

In Greenwich and Lewisham, Socialist Party councillor Ian Page, standing for the Socialist Alliance got 3,981 votes (4.2%) the third highest vote of any London Socialist Alliance candidate.

In the constituency section of the GLA elections the London Socialist Alliance received 46,530 votes (3.14%). In the top-up vote for the party lists the LSA got 27,073 (1.63%). The Campaign against Tube Privatisation received 17,041 votes (1.02%).

If the there had been a joint list between the two campaigns (as the Socialist party argued inside the LSA) then they would have received at least over 3% and possibly more given that a joint campaign could have been more effective.

As things stood if all the votes of campaigns to the left of Labour were added together (excluding the Green) then that comes to 88,515 votes or 5.3%, enough to have got a member of the GLA elected.

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In The Socialist 12 May 2000:

Labour's Running Scared At Socialist Success

Elections 2000: Looking for an alternative to Labour

Socialist success panics Labour in Coventry

Left lessons in London elections

Putting socialists on the map in Carlisle

Election analysis 2000

Labour's meltdown is Left opportunity

Northern Ireland: Why the IRA shifted on arms

Will the unions break with Labour?


 

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