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21 February 2013

TUSC council by-elections campaigns in London, Yorkshire and Merseyside


IN ADDITION to standing a candidate in the Eastleigh parliamentary contest, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is fighting council by-elections in seats in London, Yorkshire and Merseyside in the coming weeks.

The TUSC candidate for the March 14 by-election in the Gospel Oak ward on Londonís Camden council is John Reid, the secretary of the London Transport Regional Council of the Rail, Maritime and Transport workers union (RMT).  John is also the chair of his local tenantsí association in the Gospel Oak ward.

TUSC candidate Joe RobinsonThe vacancy for the North ward on Maltby Town Council is being contested for TUSC by a 20-year plater/welder Joe Robinson (pictured), who was part of the TUSC campaign team in last yearís Rotherham parliamentary by-election.  Campaigning is well underway for the election on March 7, with much of the ward leafleted.  See Maltby election leafletJoe has given support to a community group aimed at a new play area for children around the New Estate as part of his campaign pledge to save the bowling greens and tennis courts in Maltby and improve the conditions of parks and greenspaces in the town.

Finally, TUSC is standing Steve Whatham for the forthcoming by-election for Prescot East ward on Knowsley council.  Steve stood for TUSC last May in a neighbouring ward, polling ahead of the Tories with a 9.8% share of the vote.