All Around the UK subcategories:
UK Towns and cities keywords:
South West Wales
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
An anti-austerity alternative on the ballot paper
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is standing candidates for elections to the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly, and sixty English local councils on 5 May.
TUSC has been fielding candidates on a 100% anti-austerity platform since its formation in 2010, co-founded by the late general secretary of the RMT transport workers' union, Bob Crow.
Obviously the political situation has changed since then, with Jeremy Corbyn's election last autumn as Labour leader. TUSC has been clear that it would not stand candidates against Labour politicians who have resisted austerity.
But the big majority of Labour members of the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and local councillors did not support Jeremy Corbyn for leader and still continue to implement cuts to jobs and services. They cannot be surprised if they now face a challenge from a trade unionist and socialist anti-austerity candidate at the ballot box.
There are six Scottish TUSC candidates standing for constituency seats in the Scottish parliament. One is the branch secretary of Glasgow Unison, Brian Smith, who is standing in Glasgow Cathcart. For the Welsh Assembly elections TUSC is standing in three of the five regional list seats. In South West Wales the list is headed by former RMT national executive member Owen Herbert.
In the English council elections there will be 302 TUSC candidates contesting seats in 52 of the 124 local authorities with scheduled elections in May. In addition there are five TUSC candidates standing in by-elections in councils without full elections this year and three TUSC candidates contesting parish council seats.
Lastly, TUSC is standing in two of the three Mayoral contests outside London taking place on 5 May, with Unison national executive member Roger Bannister standing in Liverpool and Socialist Party member Tom Baldwin in Bristol.
- Welsh Assembly elections: A working class voice to say 'save our steel!'
- Scottish elections: strong mood for anti-cuts strategy continues
- London elections: fight for an anti-austerity GLA
- Warrington: Socialist councillor fighting cuts and hitting doorsteps
And other articles on our elections page:
- Also see www.tusc.org.uk
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: 020 8988 8786
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