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Friday 6 May 2016

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Fourth place for TUSC mayoral candidate in Britain's eight biggest city

The first results announced of the four Mayoral elections that took place yesterday was for Liverpool - and the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate came in fourth ahead of Britain's governing party!

The TUSC candidate, the Unison national executive member Roger Bannister, polled a very respectable 4,950 votes (a 5.07% share), over 1,400 votes ahead of the Tory party candidate. Roger had already beaten UKIP - despite an almost daily presence in the establishment media to boost them, they were unable to find a candidate for the mayor in Britain's eighth biggest city.

TUSC also stood candidates in 17 of the city's 30 wards, with some very good results achieved. In Belle Vale ward TUSC polled 10.7% and the TUSC candidates in Kirkdale and Norris Green wards won 10.1% and 7.8% respectively.

Other early results include those from Coventry, where TUSC polled 3,108 votes across the city, a 5.1% city-wide share. The best results were in St Michaels ward, 19.8%, Radford ward, 11%, and Lower Stoke. This was the ward where TUSC had sat out a recent by-election in an attempt to open up a dialogue with the Labour Party on fighting austerity (see http://www.tusc.org.uk/17165/21-01-2016/dave-nellists-by-election-appeal-to-corbyn-lets-discuss-how-to-fight-the-cuts) but stood this time and came third, with 8.5% of the vote.

Congratulations are also due to Tammy Thomas, standing in the Coxford ward held by the Southampton rebel councillors Don Thomas and the TUSC steering committee member Keith Morrell. Tammy, standing as an independent anti-cuts candidate - one of four across the city who were backed by TUSC - won the seat from Labour with 1,317 votes (38.6%).

Other TUSC results are coming in, although a number of 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 and a full report on Monday at the latest.

The full Liverpool mayoral election results:

Labour 51,332; Liberal Democrat 20,598; Green 10,609; TUSC 4,950 (5.1%); Independent 3,964; Conservative 3,533; English Democrats 2,590