The TUSC directory of future elections
Posted: 4 June 2021
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) directory of the elections taking place in May 2022 has now been published, available as a PDF at https://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/448.pdf.
This directory was an annual production, referenced once as a resource by the House of Commons Library in 2016, until the TUSC All-Britain Steering Committee decided to suspend its electoral activity under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of the Labour Party in late 2018.
But after the relaunch of TUSC in September last year in response to Keir Starmer's revival of Tony Blair-style New Labourism (see https://www.tusc.org.uk/17410/04-09-2020/back-at-work-tusc-to-stand-in-elections-again-against-pro-austerity-politicians) publication has been resumed.
The directory 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 next May.
TUSC election leaflet
Posted: 28 April 2021
A TUSC leaflet for the local elections is available to order. Headed, 'Fight Back Against Covid Austerity At The Ballot Box - You can't trust the Tories or Starmer's Labour', it states 'New Labour won't resist Covid austerity and privatisation, we need socialist councillors who will' (see PDF at https://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/445.pdf). Printed on one-side only.
£5 for 500 copies
£10 for 1,500 copies
You can order using the PayPal donation facility on the TUSC website - at http://www.tusc.org.uk/donate - and send an e-mail with delivery details to the TUSC national election agent at, [email protected]
A Guide for TUSC Candidates and Agents
Posted: 8 December 2020
TUSC has produced a summary guide for candidates and election agents looking to contest the local council elections taking place in 2021 on Thursday May 6th. This is available as a downloadable PDF at https://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/432.pdf and prospective candidates and agents are encouraged to read it before submitting an application form.
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 Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition national steering committee on how to become a TUSC candidate.
TUSC annual report on Labour councils - 'How Much Reserves Have They Got?'
Posted: 31 October 2018
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) has published its third annual report on the level of reserves held by Labour-led councils across Britain.
Presenting a statistical profile of all the 125 Labour-led councils in England, Scotland and Wales, the report reveals "the substantial resources of the local state under the control of the Labour Party" - which, the introduction argues, would make them "a potential counter-power to the Tory government" if councillors were prepared to fight.
The TUSC report, entitled How much reserves have they got?, is available as a downloadable PDF by clicking https://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/427.pdf
For more information on how councils' reserves and borrowing powers could be used to produce an arguably legally-compliant no cuts budgets see the TUSC briefing document, Preparing a No Cuts People's Budget, at https://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/355.pdf
Campaigning against council cuts - resources for TUSC groups
Posted: 26 November 2016
The November meeting of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) national steering committee agreed the text of a new model letter to local government union branches, following up the letter to Labour councillors agreed last month (see http://www.tusc.org.uk/17319/20-10-2016/tusc-agrees-new-appeal-to-labour-councillors-to-join-the-fightback).
The letter to council workers is available as a Word document (at http://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/388.doc) so it can be adapted by local groups.
Printed supplies of the letter to Labour councillors, with some space for local details to be overprinted, can be posted out - 300 copies for Â£3 - to local groups. These can be used on stalls, but particularly to give out at local council 'consultation' meetings, anti-cuts protests, or Labour Party meetings.
The TUSC briefing document, Preparing a No Cuts People's Budget, is also available online at http://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/355.pdf
Posted: 12 January 2016
What can councils do in the face of government cuts to funding for local public services? Actually, they could do a lot to throw back the Tories' austerity agenda - if councillors had the determination to fight.
A new briefing pack has been produced by the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) drawing together notes, documents, transcripts of speeches, etc of four cases where rebel councillors showed how it would be possible for councils to fight back and not implement the Tory cuts.
Under the title, Preparing a No Cuts People's Budget, the 43-page pack is available as a downloadable PDF at http://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/355.pdf