We are part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) which was set-up in 2010 to enable trade unionists, community campaigners and socialists to stand candidates against the pro-austerity establishment parties.
TUSC is a coalition with a national steering committee which includes leading trade unionists from the RMT transport workers’ union, the PCS civil servants union, the National Union of Teachers, the Fire Brigade Union, and the Prison Officers Association (see below).
The RMT’s 2012 annual general meeting agreed that the union should be officially represented. The Socialist Party, the Socialist Workers Party and the TUSC Independent Socialist Network, representing individuals not members of an affiliated organisation, also have committee places.
Since 2010 hundreds of candidates have stood under the TUSC umbrella. A few have won council seats – while the TUSC candidate for Liverpool mayor in 2012 polled 4,792 votes, ahead of the Tories and double the UKIP vote.
TUSC candidates’ average vote in the 2012 local elections was 6.2%, despite a media blackout.
Local community groups, trade unionists and anti-cuts candidates who want to stand under the TUSC banner have autonomy to run their own campaigns.
Under Britain’s election laws candidates can only appear on the ballot paper as an ‘Independent’ if they are not endorsed by a registered political party.
That doesn’t allow trade unionists or local anti-cuts campaigners to distinguish themselves as standing for something different to the mainstream. But using the TUSC name does.
This website is intended to profile the London TUSC candidates for the 2015 election