Parliamentary by-elections: candidate applications
THE RESIGNATION of the Tory backbencher Louise Mensch as the MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire brings to three the number of parliamentary by-elections that will be contested on November 15, alongside the election for the Mayor of Bristol and the inaugural elections for police commissioners. The other parliamentary by-elections in November will be for the Cardiff South and Penarth seat and for Manchester Central, both seats becoming vacant as their Labour incumbents are resigning to stand as police commissioners.
The TUSC national steering committee will be meeting on September 5 to discuss the November contests. TUSC was initially established precisely with the aim of enabling trade unionists, community campaigners and socialists to resist electorally as part of a national coalition the pro-austerity consensus of the establishment parties. Candidates are required to endorse the founding core policies of our coalition, posted on the TUSC website at http://www.tusc.org.uk/policy.php, but with that provision are responsible for their own campaign.
Prospective candidates to stand as a Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidate in the November elections should submit their application to the steering committee as soon as possible. An application form is available on the TUSC website at http://www.tusc.org.uk/candidates.php
TUSC conference, Saturday 22 September
11am-5pm, Room B34, Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London WC1E. The agenda comprises of three sessions: an opening session on building working class political representation against the austerity consensus; a session on TUSC local election policy, including preparations for the 2013 elections; and a final session on ‘Reviewing TUSC’s structures’. All welcome. Registration £5 waged/£2 unwaged.