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Paul Mason's EU referendum defeatism answered by TUSC in Guardian letter

Posted: 19 May 2016

The left-wing commentator Paul Mason had a very disappointing article in Tuesday's edition of The Guardian (There is a left-wing case for Brexit - but we can't let Boris Johnson turn Britain into a neo-liberal fantasy island, G2, 17 May).

It started so well. The EU, wrote Paul, "provides the most hospitable ecosystem in the developed world for rentier monopoly corporations, tax-dodging elites and organised crime.

"It has an executive so powerful it could crush the left-wing government of Greece; a legislature so weak that it cannot effectively determine laws or control its own civil service. A judiciary that, in the Laval and Viking judgments, subordinated workers' right to strike to an employer's right to do business freely". What trade unionist or socialist could disagree with that?

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TUSC slams whitewash of new MP expenses scam in RT interview

Posted: 13 May 2016

This week the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) reported that family members employed by MPs are paid an average of £5,600 a year more than other MPs staff. Once again, it seems, MPs are finding new ways to siphon off public funds into their own pockets but the IPSA won't investigate further because it would be 'too intrusive'.

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition's National Election Agent, Clive Heemskerk, was interviewed on RT News on May 11th (see below). The issue never made the BBC's broadcast news though, presumably because embarrassing the establishment six weeks before they ask us to give them a vote of confidence in the EU referendum isn't part of the BBC's 'independent remit'.

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Super-Thursday elections - the TUSC results

Posted: 10 May 2016

The final Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) results from Thursday's elections are in. In total 43,309 votes were cast for TUSC candidates, a good showing for a clear 100% anti-austerity message.

The highlight of the campaign was the performance of the UNISON national executive member Roger Bannister, standing on behalf of TUSC for the mayor of Liverpool, who came in fourth ahead of Britain's governing party, with 4,950 votes (a 5.1% share). For the second time, following Tony Mulhearn's result in the 2012 Liverpool mayoral election, TUSC has outpolled the Tories in Britain's eighth biggest city.

A draft report of the full results and analysis (see http://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/380.pdf) has now been produced by the TUSC national election agent, Clive Heemskerk, and will go to next week's meeting of the national steering committee, which will be reviewing the election intervention.

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Eighteen hundred votes for TUSC candidate in Bristol's mayoral election

Posted: 7 May 2016

The results of the Bristol mayoral election have been announced and TUSC candidate Tom Baldwin has scored a respectable 1,876 first preference votes, coming in behind the 'big five' parties and the sitting Bristol First mayor, George Ferguson.

This follows yesterday's Liverpool mayoral election results where the TUSC candidate, the Unison national executive member Roger Bannister, polled 4,950 votes (a 5.07% share), over 1,400 votes ahead of the Tories.

TUSC stood for the inaugural Bristol mayoral election in 2012, coming in then with 1,412 votes (in tenth position out of 15 candidates) behind a number of 'independents'. This time Tom comfortably outpolled all the independent candidates.

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Close call in Warrington rebel councillor re-election bid

Posted: 6 May 2016

Despite a fantastic campaign that showed the depths of local support which existed for TUSC's Kevin Bennett, the rebel Warrington councillor has lost by just 76 votes in his bid for re-election in Thursday's local council poll.

The right-wing dominated local Labour group threw everything they had into the campaign against the real opposition voice on the council. Never mind the Tories, TUSC were the enemy to beat!

Kevin duly hammered the Tory candidate in the Fairfield & Howley ward, who polled 332 votes, but his 921 votes - a 30% share - was tantalisingly short of the 997 votes of Labour candidate Peter Carey.

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

Posted: 6 May 2016

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.

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Vote TUSC on Thursday for a 100% anti-austerity alternative

Posted: 4 May 2016

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

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The Socialist Case Against the EU - first meeting dates of 20-city tour announced

Posted: 3 May 2016

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) has released the initial dates of a series of public meetings it is hosting in May and June under the heading 'The Socialist Case Against the EU'.

The EU debate has been reduced in the establishment media to a clash between different wings of the Tory party. It's Cameron vs Boris, they say - two old Etonians, with another ex-public schoolboy Nigel Farage in the ring too.

But what about if you're outside the 1% elite? Struggling to get by on low wages, a zero-hour contract maybe, or facing soaring rents and under-funded public services? What are our interests in the debate?

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TUSC appeals to media workers - 'help us get fair coverage in the EU referendum debate'

Posted: 28 April 2016

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), one of three EU exit organisations that applied for recognition from the Electoral Commission to be the official Leave campaign, today made an appeal to media workers for fair coverage of the socialist case against the EU in the run-up to the June referendum.

A press release was issued but also, in an attempt to speak directly to journalists and other workers, a number of media workplaces were leafletted by TUSC members.

Explaining the appeal, the ex-Labour MP Dave Nellist who is now the chair of TUSC, said: "What has happened in the couple of weeks since the Electoral Commission chose the reactionary Vote Leave organisation as the 'official' voice of Leave has shown that this Tory-dominated outfit is completely incapable of representing the millions of trade unionists, young people, and working class voters generally, who will vote against the EU on June 23rd.

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'No politics please, it's election time' - TUSC protests at Mayoral booklets censorship

Posted: 27 April 2016

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) national steering committee has agreed to formally complain to the Returning Officers of Bristol and Liverpool councils for what can only be described as political censorship of the TUSC candidates contesting the Mayoral elections in the two cities on May 5th.

Candidates in Mayoral contests are entitled to have an election address printed in a booklet distributed to every elector. There are rules about the content of the address, that it should not be used for commercial gain or that it must not contain "any material referring to any other candidate".

What the rules don't say, however, is that the candidate cannot refer to "the Tory government's demands for cuts" or state that "Liverpool Labour is slashing our public services"! But those were two of the deletions demanded by the Returning Officers in Bristol and Liverpool.

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Dave Nellist on Sky News - 'Jeremy Corbyn's EU stand doesn't convince'

Posted: 23 April 2016

A former backbench colleague of Jeremy Corbyn, the ex-Coventry MP Dave Nellist who is now the chair of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), appeared on Sky News on the day the Labour leader made his speech (14th April) supporting a Remain vote in June's EU referendum. Click below to see the full interview.

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TUSC calls off legal threat to Electoral Commission but will organise its own leave campaign

Posted: 21 April 2016

The national steering committee of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), one of three EU exit organisations that applied for recognition from the Electoral Commission to be the official Leave campaign, met yesterday to discuss its response to last week's decision by the Commission to give the Tory-dominated Vote Leave group official designation status.

Ex-Labour MP Dave Nellist, who is now the chair of TUSC, said:

"What has happened since the Electoral Commission designation decision has confirmed our argument that the reactionary Vote Leave organisation is completely incapable of representing the millions of trade unionists, young people, and working class voters generally, who will vote against the EU on June 23rd because they support basic socialist policies of workers' rights, public ownership and opposition to racism and austerity.

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'On every protest you see TUSC candidates' - election campaigns hit the local press

Posted: 15 April 2016

"Walk up to any picket line, demo or protest rally in Bristol and you are sure to bump into Tom Baldwin".

This is the opening line of a Bristol Post profile of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate, Tom Baldwin, standing for election as the mayor of Bristol on May 5th.

The favourable profile by the Post political editor, Ian Onions, goes on: "Tom is a committed socialist who deeply believes that power comes from the ground up and it is only by mobilising working people that we will see any real change towards a fairer society.

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TUSC on RT News - for a socialist campaign against the EU

Posted: 14 April 2016

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition's National Election Agent, Clive Heemskerk, is interviewed on RT News (13 April) about the Electoral Commission's decision to choose the Tory-dominated Vote Leave campaign as the official voice of exit in June's referendum.

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TUSC slams Electoral Commission's 'political decision' to choose Vote Leave as EU exit voice

Posted: 13 April 2016

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), one of three EU exit organisations that applied for recognition from the Electoral Commission to be the official Leave campaign, today accused the Commission of "bowing to political pressure" in giving the Tory-dominated Vote Leave group official designation status.

TUSC had submitted what the BBC called a 'surprise bid' to be the designated Leave campaign in June's EU referendum (see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-35941945) against the Tory and UKIP dominated exit campaigns, Vote Leave and Grassroots Out - but said it was "not surprised" that the Electoral Commission has gone along with the government's preference for a safe, pro-establishment Leave campaign.

Dave Nellist, the former Labour MP who is now the chair of TUSC, said:

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TUSC candidates in place for a 100% anti-austerity challenge in May's elections

Posted: 11 April 2016

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) has announced its candidates standing for elections to the Scottish parliament, the Welsh national assembly, and sixty English local councils on May 5th.

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 council chambers.

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RMT transport union sets out six key reasons why it backs a vote to leave the EU

Posted: 7 April 2016

The RMT transport workers' union today set out why it will be advising members to vote to leave the EU in the forthcoming referendum.

Announcing six core reasons for RMT members to vote to leave, the union's general secretary Mick Cash said:

"RMT is proud to stand up for the tradition of progressive and socialist opposition to the European Union, an organisation wedded to privatisation, austerity and attacking democracy.

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'Panama Papers' scandal shows why UKIP & Tory EU outers can't be the voice of Leave

Posted: 5 April 2016

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), one of three EU exit organisations vying for recognition from the Electoral Commission to be the official Leave campaign, today called on the Commission not to award official status to any group that has received funding from individuals or companies named in the 'Panama Papers'.

Last week TUSC submitted what the BBC called a 'surprise bid' to be the designated Leave campaign in June's EU referendum (see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-35941945) against the Tory and UKIP dominated exit campaigns, Vote Leave and Grassroots Out.

Dave Nellist, a former backbench colleague of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is now the chair of TUSC, said:

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TUSC challenge to UKIP & Tories: 'Let's debate who should be the voice of Leave'

Posted: 2 April 2016

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) has followed up what the BBC called a 'surprise bid' to be the official Leave campaign in June's EU referendum (see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-35941945) by challenging the Tory and UKIP dominated exit campaigns - Vote Leave and Grassroots Out - to a public debate on who should be the voice of Leave.

Dave Nellist, a former backbench colleague of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is now the chair of TUSC, said:

"We believe it is vital that working class voters who oppose the EU are not forced to line up behind the reactionary pro-austerity politicians who are being promoted in the mainstream media as the only exit voices.

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Dave Nellist calls for the nationalisation of the steel industry

Posted: 2 April 2016

Audio: Chair of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, Dave Nellist, speaking on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire radio 31 March 2016, called for the nationalisation of the steel industry after Tata Steel put the future of thousands of steelworkers' jobs in doubt in Port Talbot, Wales.

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