8 February 2013
RMT executive member Darren Procter to stand in Eastleigh by-election
THE Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition announced today its candidate for the Eastleigh by-election, to be held on February 28.
Darren Procter, secretary of the Southampton Shipping branch of the Rail, Maritime and Transport workers union (RMT) and a member of the union’s national executive committee, will contest the seat made vacant following the resignation of the disgraced Lib-Dem MP, Chris Huhne.
Darren’s candidacy was immediately welcomed by Tim Cutter, the secretary of the Hampshire County Council branch of the public sector workers’ union, Unison, which includes the Eastleigh constituency, as a chance to challenge the pro-austerity consensus of the establishment parties. While the RMT’s Assistant General Secretary Steve Hedley appealed for all trade unionists “to get behind this outstanding candidate”.
Donate to the campaign
JUST TO appear on the ballot paper in a parliamentary by-election, and print a leaflet for Freepost distribution by the Post Office, will cost TUSC around £2,000. Can you make a donation to help the Eastleigh campaign?
There’s a PayPal facility on the TUSC website (at http://www.tusc.org.uk/donate.php) or you can send cheques, made payable to the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, to TUSC, 17 Colebert House, Colebert Avenue, London, E1 4JP. Let’s make sure TUSC isn’t held back from making the biggest possible impact.