8 November 2012
TUSC to stand in Rotherham and Middlesbrough by-elections
THE TRADE Unionist and Socialist Coalition has announced its candidates for the Rotherham and Middlesbrough parliamentary by-elections that will take place on November 29.
The Middlesbrough seat, vacant following the death of sitting MP Stuart Bell, will be contested by John Malcolm, the secretary of the Tees, Esk & Wear Valley Health Unison branch. †Johnís candidacy, agreed at a constituency meeting on Monday, has already won the backing of Craig Johnston, the RMTís Regional Relief Organiser, Peter Pinkney, Middlesbrough RMT branch secretary, Fran Heathcote, the PCS civil service unionís DWP group president, Simon Elliot, PCS regional secretary, and Julie Young, PCS regional organiser (all in a personal capacity).
TUSCís candidate in the Rotherham by-election, caused by the resignation of Labourís Denis McShane for fraudulent parliamentary expenses claims, will be ex-Yorkshire miner Ralph Dyson. Ralph was the National Union of Teachers (NUT) rep who led strike action last year against redundancies at Rawmarsh Community School and is now the joint divisional secretary of Rotherham NUT.
TUSC is also standing in the Manchester Central by-election, and the contest for the Mayor of Bristol, that are taking place on November 15. †The candidate in Manchester is Alex Davidson, the vice-chair of the PCS North West Region and a former member (2011-12) of the PCS Public Sector Group Executive Committee.† His freepost election address is available by clicking here† TUSCís contender for the Mayor of Bristol is Unite member Tom Baldwin, a previous TUSC candidate in local and general elections, who is the youngest candidate in the field.† Click here to read Tomís insert in the Mayoral Election booklet distributed to Bristol electors
There are also three local council by-elections on November 15th with TUSC candidates in Liverpool Knotty Ash ward, Manchester Ardwick ward, and New Bilton ward in Rugby.
Funds needed to fight the campaigns!
JUST TO appear on the ballot paper in the three parliamentary by-elections and the Bristol Mayoral poll has cost TUSC £2,000, before the costs of a single leaflet have been met.† Can you make a donation to help the Bristol, Manchester, Middlesbrough and Rotherham campaigns?†
Thereís 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, letting us know which campaign (or shared by all) you want your donation to go to.† Letís make sure TUSC isnít held back from making the biggest possible impact in these elections!
Why not be a local council candidate?
IF THERE is a council by-election in your area why not stand and spread the TUSC anti-austerity message yourself? †Check regularly for an official ĎNotice of Vacancyí on your council website and, of course, in the local press to see when seats might come up.
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 for local council elections are required to endorse TUSCís Local Elections Ďcore policiesí platform, posted on the TUSC website at http://www.tusc.org.uk/policy.php, but with that provision are responsible for their own campaign.
An application form to stand as a TUSC candidate, so you can be issued with a Certificate of Authorisation from the TUSC National Nominating Officer to hand in with the nomination papers to the local council returning officer, is on the TUSC website at http://www.tusc.org.uk/candidates.php †Why not join the fightback?