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Letter of complaint sent today by TUSC to the BBC News producer

To: The Producer, BBC News


26th April 2012


Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing as the national election agent of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) to complain about the unfairness of your coverage of TUSC in your news broadcasts on Wednesday 25 April.

You broadcast an item dealing with the prospect of smaller, ‘fringe’ parties gaining support at the forthcoming local elections. You covered Respect, the BNP and the English Democrats. But you did not mention or feature at all the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition despite the fact that it is standing more council candidates on 3 May than any of the three mentioned parties.

TUSC is standing 133 candidates in 39 councils in England and Wales and 38 candidates in nine councils in Scotland. The English Democrats are contesting 91 seats in May’s elections, and Respect, as your report admitted, just 15.

TUSC is fielding a list of candidates for the London assembly, including the president of the RMT transport union, four union national executive committee members and other prominent trade union activists.

It is backed by three trade union general secretaries – the RMT’s Bob Crow, Matt Wrack of the Fire Brigades Union, and Steve Gillan of the Prison Officers Association – and other individuals such as Ken Loach, Michael Mansfield, Imran Khan (the Stephen Lawrence solicitor) and Michael Rosen.

Tony Mulhearn, the former ‘Militant’ Liverpool Labour councillor (1984-87) and president of the Liverpool Labour Party (1980-86), is standing as the TUSC candidate in the mayoral election in Liverpool.  The national chairperson of TUSC is the former Labour MP, Dave Nellist, who this May is standing for re-election to his Coventry council seat.

In this light I would appreciate an explanation of how you decided to give less coverage to TUSC on your broadcast than the other parties you chose to include.

Yours faithfully,


Clive Heemskerk,

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition National Agent

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