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Sunday 14 February 2021

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Over 500 at launch conference of TUSC's 2021 election campaign

Over 500 people zoomed in to the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 2021 local elections conference on Sunday 7th February.

The conference, convened under the heading, 'Fighting back against the Tories and Starmer's New Labour - including at the ballot box!', heard speakers from all the constituent components of the TUSC coalition. The opening platform speeches are now available on YouTube at https://youtu.be/71MV7OttXFg

The conference also discussed the draft TUSC core policy platform for the May 2021 local elections proposed by the TUSC steering committee, For a working class, socialist voice in the council chambers to resist Covid austerity, and the amendments that had been received (see https://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/435.pdf).

The steering committee is meeting on February 24th to finalise the platform in the light of the conference debate and feedback from the constituent organisations.

Could you be an anti-austerity candidate in the May elections?

TUSC was established to stand candidates under a common anti-austerity and socialist banner. You can read our core policies here http://tusc.org.uk/policy.php and our rules here http://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/384.pdf

If you would like to be a candidate in May you need to apply to the national steering committee using this form http://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/431.doc. For candidate applications to be processed this month, we need to receive that form by Sunday, February 21st, sent to the TUSC national election agent Clive Heemskerk at [email protected]

There will be a further opportunity to apply in March.

TUSC has also produced a guide for candidates and election agents looking to contest the local council elections at http://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/432.pdf. Prospective candidates and agents are encouraged to read that guide before applying although bear in mind that an updated version will appear on the TUSC website when the details are published of the government's recently announced amendments to some electoral procedures in the light of Covid, for example, reducing the number of electors who need to sign a nomination paper from ten to two.

Next local meetings

If you are thinking of standing in the May elections you will need to get organised locally. TUSC candidates represent local groups of trade unionists, community campaigners and socialist organisations. You can find the next local meetings that are taking place here https://www.tusc.org.uk/events. If you don't see your area mentioned, contact us and we can put you in touch with other local TUSC supporters.

Finally, don't forget that to run a successful campaign in the weeks ahead TUSC will need help. We don't have any corporations or rich individuals making donations, we rely solely on the pounds and pennies of ordinary people.

If you can help with a one-off donation, or three months of donations to cover the run-up to the elections, please make your donation here https://www.tusc.org.uk/donate. All donations - £1, £10 or £100 - will be warmly appreciated.