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Monday 23 January 2017

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Individual Members' rep elected to TUSC steering committee

Pete McLaren has been elected as an Individual Members' representative onto the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) national steering committee.

TUSC is a coalition with a national steering committee comprised of representatives from its constituent organisations alongside leading trade unionists, sitting in a personal capacity.

Other individual members of TUSC, who are not members of a constituent organisation, also have two places on the committee, elected by individual members at the TUSC conference.

As the only valid nomination received by the advertised deadline, Pete McLaren has been elected to fill one of those places. His 250-word candidate statement is published below.

A lunchtime meeting will take place at the TUSC conference on Saturday 28th January (see http://www.tusc.org.uk/events) of Individual Member credential holders to discuss any proposals to organise individual members within TUSC and, if the meeting wishes, to nominate a further representative to sit alongside Pete on the steering committee.


Candidate statement to represent independent socialists (individual members) on the TUSC steering committee from Pete McLaren

I have represented independent socialists on the TUSC national steering committee since independents were first elected to it through the Independent Socialist Network (ISN) in 2011. In those five years I have:

* Attended every steering committee meeting, and circulated reports on them to independents

* Remained on the steering committee after the ISN pulled out of TUSC last year, setting up an on-line group of independent TUSC supporters from lists of candidates and agents

I am fully committed to TUSC

* I helped set up Rugby TUSC, from our local anti-cuts group, and it soon became the first TUSC local branch

* I have been secretary and press officer ever since

* I am proud that Rugby TUSC has issued 150 media releases leading to 329 media articles or broadcasts featuring TUSC

* Nationally I am the TUSC Local Group Development Officer, and have used that role to develop local TUSC groups

* I was the Rugby TUSC general election candidate and have stood in numerous council elections

I believe in uniting the left as part of the process in building a new mass socialist party

* I am secretary of the Socialist Alliance, and have been almost continuously since 1996

* I am a National Council member of Left Unity

* I worked tirelessly for electoral co-operation between TUSC and Left Unity in the 2015 general election

If elected, I would

* Continue reporting back to independents

* Discuss forming a new independents group

* Continue to develop TUSC through membership and local branches