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Where you can vote for a left-wing candidate on May 5th

Posted: 30 April 2022

Linked below is a list of over 300 left-wing candidates standing in the local council elections taking place on Thursday May 5th (at https://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/471.pdf).

There are 273 candidates standing on behalf of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), comprising of 229 candidates contesting seats in 55 local authorities in England (plus three mayoral candidacies); 16 candidates standing as Scottish TUSC in nine authorities in Scotland; and 25 candidates in five authorities in Wales. The list of the TUSC council candidates for England is broken down into regions.

Also listed are the council and ward details of 42 other left of Labour candidates standing in May's elections that TUSC is aware of.

These are candidates from left-wing parties which TUSC had been in discussions with to avoid electoral clashes in May: the Breakthrough Party and the Northern Independence Party (part of the People's Alliance of the Left - PAL); the Communist Party of Britain; the Workers Party of Britain (which has now taken up observer status on the TUSC all-Britain steering committee); and the Scottish Socialist Party.

In addition there are some former left-wing Labour Party members who have also been in discussions with local constituent organisations of TUSC but who decided, on this occasion, to stand on the ballot paper as Independents.

The core policy pledges signed up to by every candidate appearing on the ballot paper as TUSC, the TUSC local elections policy platform, can be found at https://www.tusc.org.uk/17627/22-02-2022/tuscs-core-policy-platform-for-the-may-2022-local-elections. It should be noted that these are a minimum commitment, not a maximum, and the individual candidates and the organisations participating within TUSC that they may be members of, have the right to also campaign on additional policies and issues as they wish, which are published in their own election material.

The policies that the other left of Labour candidates and parties listed are standing on can be found on their respective websites, social media accounts or local campaign publications.

TUSC election candidates and results from 2011 to 2021*

Posted: 15 May 2021

TUSC election results May 2021

See https://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/446.pdf

TUSC local election results 2018

See http://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/424.pdf

TUSC local election results 2017

See http://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/400.pdf

TUSC election results May 2016

See http://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/380.pdf

TUSC election results May 2015

See http://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/338.pdf

TUSC election results May 2014

See http://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/307.pdf

TUSC election results 2013

See http://www.tusc.org.uk/pdfs/2013/2013TUSClocalelectionresults.pdf

TUSC election results May 2012

See http://www.tusc.org.uk/pdfs/2012/2012TUSClocalelectionresults.pdf

TUSC election results 2011

See http://www.tusc.org.uk/pdfs/2011/2011TUSClocalelectionresults.pdf

* TUSC recalibrated its electoral activity following Jeremy Corbyn's election as Labour leader, a development which it warmly welcomed.

Consequently TUSC did not contest either the 2017 or 2019 general elections and stood on a more limited basis in other elections, only against those Labour candidates who opposed Jeremy Corbyn and were carrying out austerity policies.

But with Keir Starmer's election as leader TUSC agreed to resume standing more widely again, starting in the May 2021 elections (see http://www.tusc.org.uk/17410/04-09-2020/back-at-work-tusc-to-stand-in-elections-again-against-pro-austerity-politicians).