Election planning: the TUSC directory of elections in 2023
Posted: 8 June 2022
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) directory of the elections taking place in May 2023 has now been published.
This directory, an annual production of TUSC, provides a breakdown of the councils with statutory elections scheduled for the year ahead, the number of councillors up for election, and the current political control in each council listed - a tool for forward planning in the battle to get a socialist, anti-austerity alternative onto the ballot paper. The directory is available as a PDF, by clicking https://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/473.pdf
There are 229 councils with elections on Thursday May 4th 2023, with over 7,900 councillors to be elected, a bigger battleground in terms of seats to be contested than in either 2021 or 2022. At the end of the directory there is a brief outline of how you can become a TUSC candidate.
Election rules guide for TUSC candidates and agents
Posted: 26 October 2021
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition's All-Britain Steering Committee has produced a summary guide for candidates and election agents looking to contest the local council elections taking place in 2022 on Thursday May 5th. This is available as a downloadable PDF at https://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/455.pdf
The guide contains information on the official regulations governing the elections, based on publications produced by the Electoral Commission, along with some tips and pointers drawn from the previous experience of TUSC election campaigners.
It also includes information on the procedures agreed by the steering committee on how to become a TUSC candidate.
Organising for a People's Budget: the TUSC Campaign Pack
Posted: 13 September 2021
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) All-Britain Steering Committee is asking all TUSC groups, individual members, and affiliated organisations to organise campaigns for a local People's Budget for their council area.
As society moves on from a Covid-crisis footing, a local People's Budget campaign could play an important role in bringing together trade union branches, campaign groups and community organisations to fight at a council level for what communities will need in the 'new normal' - not the cuts to public services that Tory policies will inevitably demand.
The Organising for a People's Budget Campaign Pack provides model material, letters of invitation and campaign tips to allow every local group or even just an individual TUSC member to get cracking.
It is available both as a PDF at https://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/451.pdf and in Word format (at https://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/452.doc) to allow adaptations to be made to fit the requirements of local campaigns.
Posted: 13 September 2021
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) All-Britain Steering Committee has republished the Preparing a No Cuts People's Budget briefing document we first produced in January 2016.
The new briefing document is available as a PDF at https://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/450.pdf.
Now Sir Keir Starmer has revived Tony Blair's New Labour, once again working class voters face being effectively disenfranchised. But the crisis of local public services has not gone away and the need for a fighting alternative is even greater. The re-published TUSC briefing, new and updated, is a contribution to building that alternative.