Cameron humiliated, now let's have a general election, says left-wing exit group
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) today hailed the 'massive vote of no confidence' in the Tory government expressed by Thursday's EU vote and called for the labour and trade union movement to follow this up by demanding an immediate general election.
TUSC, which has been the sixth-biggest presence on ballot papers in elections for the last four years, campaigned for a leave vote in yesterday's poll.
Dave Nellist, the former Labour MP who is now the chair of TUSC, said: "TUSC opposes the EU as an 'Employers Union', implementing Thatcherism on a continental scale, and we welcome the decisive rejection of it in the referendum.
"This was a revolt against a system that is not delivering for the majority of working class people and many middle class people too.
"But Britain's political and economic establishment no more defends the interests of the majority than the EU does and the vote for change that was expressed in Thursday's poll will not be met by replacing one ex-Eton schoolboy with another.
"The labour and trade union movement must follow up this massive vote of no confidence in the Tory government and demand a general election now.
"We also support Jeremy Corbyn's renewed commitment to oppose a post-referendum emergency budget which includes any new austerity measures and call for the removal from the Labour benches of any so-called 'Labour MP' who votes otherwise".
1. TUSC was co-founded in 2010 by the late Bob Crow, the RMT transport workers' union leader who was well known for his opposition to the EU as an agency of anti-worker and pro-austerity policies. Along with the RMT it involves leading trade unionists from the PCS civil servants union, the National Union of Teachers, the Fire Brigades Union, and the Prison Officers Association, together with the Socialist Party, the Socialist Workers Party, and independent socialists.
TUSC stood over 300 council candidates in the local elections on May 5th, including two mayoral candidates. The TUSC mayoral candidate in Liverpool, the UNISON trade union national executive committee member Roger Bannister, came in fourth with nearly 5,000 votes, over 1,400 ahead of the Tories, Britain's governing party.
2. TUSC campaigned for a leave vote in the EU referendum but completely separately from reactionary leave campaigns led by Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage.
For information and video clips about TUSC see: www.tusc.org.uk
For interviews and any other information requests, please email: [email protected] or call Clive Heemskerk, the TUSC National Election Agent on 020-8988-8773.
The TUSC national chairperson, the former Labour MP Dave Nellist, can also be contacted on 07970-294237