Vote TUSC on Thursday for a 100% anti-austerity alternative
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) has candidates standing in Thursday's elections to the Scottish parliament, the Welsh national assembly, and in sixty English local councils.
TUSC is also contesting two of the three Mayoral elections outside London taking place on May 5th, with Unison national executive member Roger Bannister standing in Liverpool and Tom Baldwin in Bristol.
All TUSC's local election candidates are standing on a policy platform headed, A councillors' revolt could stop the Tory cuts! (see http://tusc.org.uk/policy.php). A full list of the council candidates, broken down into regions, is available at http://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/375.pdf
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 in the Scottish parliament, the Welsh assembly or local councils.
'New Labour' leftovers
But the big majority of Labour's elected representatives, from parliament to the local council chamber, did not support Jeremy Corbyn for leader and still continue to implement cuts to jobs and services.
Many of these are involved in the now almost daily attempts to undermine Jeremy Corbyn, which has led to open speculation of a leadership challenge in the summer. Such politicians, leftovers from 'New Labour', cannot be surprised if they or their local supporters 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: the Glasgow Unison branch secretary Brian Smith in Glasgow Cathcart; Ian Leech (Glasgow Pollok); Jamie Cocozza (Glasgow Shettleston); Jim Halfpenny (Renfrewshire North & West); Leah Ganley (Dundee East) and Jim McFarlane (Dundee West).
For the Welsh Assembly elections TUSC is standing in three of the five regional list seats, with the candidates headed in South Wales West by the former RMT national executive member Owen Herbert, Ross Saunders in South Wales Central, and Jaime Davies in South Wales East.
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.
All the TUSC results will be published on this website. Some councils are counting the Police and Crime Commissioner elections first - and cutting back on overtime for election count staff - so not all results will be available until the weekend but we will be posting regular updates from Friday lunchtime.