TUSC to stand in Manchester Central by-election and for Bristol mayor
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) will be standing candidates in the parliamentary by-election in Manchester Central and the contest for the mayor of Bristol taking place on November 15. This was the decision taken at the latest meeting of the TUSC national steering committee, held on September 5, which also discussed the other November parliamentary by-elections in Corby and the Cardiff South & Penarth seat.
Applications to be the TUSC candidate in the Manchester and Bristol contests had been received and were discussed at the steering committee meeting. But with the developments around the resignation of Kate Hudson as the prospective Respect Party candidate for Manchester Central, it was agreed that more time should be given for other possible candidates to come forward and seek the TUSC nomination. Applications to be a TUSC candidate in the November contests will therefore remain open until the week after the TUSC conference on September 22.
TUSC had previously written to Respect to discuss possible electoral collaboration (see TUSC-Respect correspondence) and remains committed to achieving the widest-possible anti-austerity electoral challenge.
This consideration was also to the fore in the committee’s discussions on the Corby and Cardiff by-elections. An activist from Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) has indicated that he wishes to contest the Corby seat and it was agreed that TUSC would approach him to discuss his campaign. In Cardiff South & Penarth there are already two socialist candidates who have declared – from the Socialist Labour Party (SLP) and the Communist Party of Britain (CPB) – and it was agreed that TUSC would write to the SLP and continue its ongoing dialogue with the CPB.
TUSC was initially established precisely to enable trade unionists, community campaigners and socialists to resist electorally the pro-austerity consensus of the establishment parties as part of a national coalition and that remains its key function today. Candidates wishing to stand under the TUSC banner 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 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
Help fund TUSC’s election challenge!
JUST TO appear on the ballot paper in the Manchester and Bristol elections will cost TUSC £1,000, and a further £750 for two pages in the manifestos booklet that will be distributed to every household in Bristol for the mayoral contest. So that’s £1,750 before a single leaflet has been printed.
Can you make a donation to TUSC’s national election fund? 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 in these elections!
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 on the door £5 waged/£2 unwaged, with a pooled fare for waged attendees capped at £10 (ie, if your travel costs are less than £10 you will be asked to pay the difference into the pooled fare).