‘What’s the point of another Labour councillor in Waltham Forest?’, is the message heading the election leaflet of Nancy Taaffe, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate in a forthcoming by-election in the Higham Hill ward in the east London borough.
The Tories only have 13 out of the 60 councillors in Waltham Forest, with Keir Starmer’s Labour holding an overwhelming majority in the council chamber with 45. So why vote for one more “to go along to meetings and put their hand up to cut our services and jobs”, as the TUSC leaflet says.
Instead, it goes on, “why not vote for a socialist fighter who has campaigned to save libraries and youth services, who campaigns for council homes instead of blocks of expensive flats, and who isn’t afraid to stand alongside workers striking for a pay rise?” That’s the TUSC candidate in the 26 October by-election, Nancy Taaffe. (The full text of Nancy’s leaflet can be viewed at https://www.tusc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/Higham-Hill-TUSC-leaflet.pdf).
Nancy, and other TUSC supporters in Waltham Forest and elsewhere, don’t just turn up at election time but are out there, week in, week out, supporting strikers – or striking themselves! – and campaigning on every issue affecting working class communities. But we are also prepared to challenge the establishment politicians at the ballot box too. Why not join us? Go to https://www.tusc.org.uk/join/ or https://www.tusc.org.uk/donate-to-tusc/ to make a donation to our work.