TUSC Individual Members' representative elected to steering committee
The long-standing independent socialist Pete McLaren has been elected as the Individual Members' representative onto the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) All-Britain Steering Committee for 2021.
TUSC is a coalition with an all-Britain steering committee comprised of representatives from its constituent organisations alongside leading trade unionists, sitting in a personal capacity. The current constituent organisations are the RMT transport workers' union, represented on the steering committee since 2012; the Socialist Party, a co-founder of TUSC in 2010; and the Resistance Movement, established in 2019 by, amongst others, the ex-Labour MP Chris Williamson.
Other individual members of TUSC who are not members of a constituent organisation also have a place on the committee selected, where there is a contest, by individual members at the TUSC conference.
The deadline for nominations was February 1st and, as the only valid nomination received by then, Pete McLaren has been elected to the position. His 250-word candidate statement is published below.
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 Steering Committee since independents were elected to it in 2011, initially through the Independent Socialist Network (ISN). In that time I have:
- Attended every steering committee meeting, circulating reports to independents
- Remained on the steering committee after the ISN left, 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 anti-cuts group - the first TUSC local branch
- I have been secretary and press officer ever since
- I am proud Rugby TUSC has issued 194 media releases leading to 498 media articles/broadcasts featuring TUSC
- Nationally I am the TUSC Local Group Development Officer, using that role to develop TUSC at local level
- I was the 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 now Labour is ditching Corbyn's socialism: TUSC is a vital part of that process.
- I have been secretary of the Socialist Alliance almost continuously since 1996
- I am a National Council member of Left Unity
- I have worked tirelessly for electoral co-operation on the left
If elected, I would:
- Continue reporting back to independents
- Discuss forming a new independents group
- Work to develop TUSC through individual membership, local branches and wider representation on the steering committee".