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Monday 29 January 2018

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Representative for TUSC Individual Members elected to steering committee

Pete McLaren has been elected as an Individual Members' representative onto the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) national steering committee for 2018.

TUSC is a coalition with a national steering committee comprised of representatives from its constituent organisations alongside leading trade unionists, sitting in a personal capacity.

Other individual members of TUSC, who are not members of a constituent organisation, also have two places on the committee, elected by individual members at the TUSC conference.

The deadline for nominations was set for this year as January 22nd and, as the only valid nomination received by then, Pete McLaren has been elected to fill one of those places. His 250-word candidate statement is published below.

However, a lunchtime meeting will take place at the TUSC conference on Saturday 10th February (see http://www.tusc.org.uk/events) of Individual Member credential holders to provide another opportunity for individual members of TUSC to agree a further representative to sit alongside Pete on the steering committee.

Nomination statement for election as an Individual Members' representative on the TUSC steering committee from Pete McLaren

I have represented independent socialists on the TUSC national Steering Committee since independents were first elected to it in 2011, initially through the Independent Socialist Network (ISN). In those six years I have:

  • Attended every Steering Committee meeting, circulating reports on them to independents
  • Remained on the Steering Committee after the ISN left TUSC, setting up an on-line group of independent TUSC supporters from lists of candidates/agents

I am fully committed to TUSC

  • I helped set up Rugby TUSC from our local anti-cuts group - the first TUSC local branch
  • I have been Secretary and Press Officer ever since
  • I am proud Rugby TUSC has issued 165 media releases leading to 389 media articles or broadcasts featuring TUSC
  • Nationally I am the TUSC Local Group Development Officer, using that role to develop local TUSC groups
  • I was 2015 Rugby TUSC General Election candidate and have stood in numerous council elections

I believe in uniting the left as part of the process in building a new mass socialist party, especially if/when Labour doesn't fully implement Corbyn's socialism.

  • I am secretary of the Socialist Alliance, and have been almost continuously since 1996
  • I am a National Council member of Left Unity
  • I have worked tirelessly for electoral co-operation between TUSC and Left Unity

If elected, I would

  • Continue reporting back to independents
  • Discuss forming a new independents group
  • Continue to develop TUSC through membership and local branches