Stoke-on-Trent by-election to have a real anti-cuts candidate
Unite member Liat Norris is standing as the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) anti-cuts candidate in the Stoke-on-Trent council by-election taking place on 14 November in the Baddeley, Milton and Norton ward of the city.
Liat was chosen following a public meeting that took place in the ward at Norton Working Mens Club after thousands of leaflets had previously been given out across the ward advertising the event. In order to ensure that the best possible anti-cuts candidate was selected the TUSC leaflets stated: "We already have people with an excellent record of campaigning against cuts locally who want to stand as the TUSC candidate on 14 November. But we want to ensure we have the best possible anti-cuts candidate to represent people who live across the ward.
"So if you are a local trade unionist, socialist or community campaigner and would like to be considered as the TUSC anti-cuts candidate in this by election then please call or text 07845-893607".
Importantly, as well as Liat being chosen as the best possible TUSC anti-cuts candidate to fight this by-election, at the public meeting two other local campaigners also declared that they would stand as TUSC candidates at local elections in 2015. This means that TUSC will provide a real anti-cuts alternative in the 14 November by-election and is also a step closer to achieving its aim to stand across the city in 2015.
Despite there being ten candidates contesting the by-election, Liat will be the only candidate who is prepared to make a stand against all cuts and has a fighting programme to stop them.
The Labour-run city council has already carried out ¬£77 million worth of cuts which has decimated much needed jobs and local services in Baddeley Green, Milton, Norton and across the city. Council leader Mohammed Pervez has now announced further eye watering cuts of ¬£100 million over the next four years. What will remain of the local services we have paid for if this organised carnage continues?
It's not surprising therefore that locally there is a seething anger against the plans to carry out these further savage cuts while at the same time blowing a minimum of ¬£50 million on a new and unnecessary council HQ!
No wonder more and more people locally and nationally are supporting the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition and pledging to stand as TUSC anti-cuts candidates.
Working class people had to fight together for the vote, NHS, pensions, local services, decent pay and conditions at work and much more. Now we have to fight to stop this cuts juggernaut. Why should we pay for an economic crisis created by top bankers, big business and successive governments!
TUSC's Liat Norris says:
- Make the rich pay instead!
- Scrap Bedroom Tax - no evictions!
- No to zero-hour contracts
- No to another new council HQ - save our jobs and services instead
- Set a needs budget to stop cuts
Can you help?
TUSC supporters will work hard to campaign for the TUSC anti-cuts candidate Liat Norris but we will also need the help of other anti-cuts campaigners old and new.
From now up to the day of the by-election on the 14 November we will need as many people as possible to help with leafleting, campaign stalls, knocking on doors etc. This can be done at any time of the day or evening to suit your own schedule or together with others. Can you find an hour or two sometime over the next five weeks to help?
If you are a trade union member could you get your local branch to invite a TUSC campaigner to a meeting to explain about TUSC's anti-cuts campaign? Anyone involved with a local residents' association or other community groups could do the same.
We have TUSC stickers and posters that you could use to publicise TUSC's anti-cuts campaign.
If you can help with any of the above, if you have other campaigning ideas or if you just want to find out more about TUSC, please text or call Andy on 07845-893607.
We don't have the millions of pounds donated to the establishment parties. We rely on the donations made by working class people. A financial donation from you or your trade union branch would greatly help us to pay for leaflets and other campaigning materials we so desperately need.
Please make cheques payable to TUSC and send them to the TUSC national office address, TUSC, 17 Colebert House, Colebert Avenue, London E1 4JP, with a note saying this is a donation to the Baddeley, Milton and Norton by-election campaign. Alternatively, you can make an online donation through the TUSC website, at http://www.tusc.org.uk/donate.php again indicating that this is for Liat's campaign.