Lewisham Deptford – Chris Flood

I was a Lewisham Socialist Party councillor for Telegraph Hill for 7.5 years up until May 2010. During this time I fought consistently with the other Socialist Councillor Ian Page to oppose cuts in services and job losses. We always voted against cuts in the council chamber unlike all the other political parties.

We successfully campaigned from spring 2008, against the South East London proposals to ‘reorganise’ hospital services in the borough, allegedly driven only by ‘clinical needs’. In reality the plans were about cutting public spending and getting the NHS ready for private companies to profit from our health services. Socialist Party councillors launched a petition opposing the ‘options’, with the aim to build public pressure to push the council to use its legal powers to ensure that the hospitals had sufficient funds.

I presented a motion to the council’s Healthier Communities Select Committee to ‘refer back’ the plans to the government, which councils are allowed to do. Although New Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors opposed this call, in the end, public pressure won.

In 2009, the proposal to reduce Lewisham Hospital’s A&E opening hours or cut emergency surgery services was overturned. This shows the power of public campaigning – and the benefit of having Socialist politicians to put the case for public services. As a Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition MP I would continue to campaign in this way with other Trade Unions and the community to defend public services against cuts and privatisation, whether those services are local authority run housing, education and care services or services in the NHS

Email chris.flood@icloud.com

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Hackney South & Shoreditch – Brian Debus

I am the Chair of Hackney council Unison, representing 2,900 trade union members, and President of Hackney Trades Council that has over 7,000 affiliated members. I’ve helped lead several strikes and campaigns amongst Unison members in the last 20 years, most recently over pay and pensions. I’m a longstanding member of the Socialist Party and its predecessor Militant with decades of experience in the trade union and socialist movement; from playing a leading role in the 1990s Anti-Poll Tax struggle in Hackney, to campaigning against the deportation of asylum seekers.
THE GOVERNMENT AND COUNCILS SHOULD:
  • Immediately stop implementing the bedroom tax.
  • Stop all housing privatisation and council house sales.
  • Renovate homes instead of handing them over to the private sector.
  • Register private landlords to enforce rent controls to reduce rents, and decent standards, and deal with overcrowding.
  • Use compulsory purchase orders to buy empty properties – there are a million empty homes in the UK.
  • Nationalise the banks and house-building companies and introduce a programme of building hundreds of thousands of new council homes each year.
I WILL:
  • Oppose all cuts and privatisation in the NHS.
  • Fight the pernicious racism of UKIP and those in the main political parties who attempt to scapegoat immigrants as causing the ills of a failed capitalist system.

Contact

07428 778 286

@TUSC_Hackney

Scrap Trident

TUSC is completely opposed to the renewal of Trident I believe the existing Trident system should be scrapped.

Nuclear arms are unable to protect workers and the poor of the world from aggression. At the same time the threat is used against workers not to protest against terrible conditions.

Let’s spend the £76 billion earmarked for Trident on defending public services, jobs, wages, health and education, and relegate the nuclear arms industry to where it belongs, the scrapyard of history.

Radioactive material from warheads should be permanently disposed of as safely as possible

Workers employed in nuclear weapons production, together with scientists and engineers, should be redeployed on projects of real benefit to society, without job losses or loss of pay. Lucas Aerospace workers developed a plan in 1976 to produce a life support system, transport and alternative energy supplies instead of arms; workers should be looking at similar alternatives now.

The £76 billion planned for the new nuclear weapons should be spent on defending public services, jobs and a future for our young people.

The eradication of nuclear weapons needs a change in the social system. A new and democratic society based on public ownership of industry and workers’ control and management would form the basis of a socialist planned economy.

One of its first tasks would be to end the wasteful expenditure on arms proliferation.

Student Fees ? We say student Grants not fees!

TUSC’s manifesto calls clearly for “student grants not fees” and, if elected, our representatives would use their positions to help organise campaigns and actions to help make that demand a reality.

The fact that the Labour Party hopes that students and their families will be content with a pledge to reduce tuition fees to £6,000 a year shows how far removed they are from the pressures facing most young people.

They, and all the main parties, have abandoned the idea of free education. Of course, it was a Labour government who first brought in tuition fees for higher education in the first place.

Reducing student fees by a third will still leave many students from working class backgrounds feeling that university is something that they cannot afford. For those students who do go on to higher education, then they will still leave with a mountain of debt to go with their degree certificate.

It also appears that the shortfall to universities from a cut in tuition fees  would not be funded by the prospective Labour government. This will mean more cuts in courses and facilities. Students will still be paying huge fees for an underfunded university education.

Of course, students don’t just have to borrow to fund their tuition fees. Rents and other living costs continue to rise as well. That’s why TUSC also stands for the return of grants – a system that helped fund today’s MPs when they were at university but which they now wish to deny to a new generation of students.

All the main parties will say that TUSC’s demands are ‘unaffordable’. TUSC disagrees. We do not accept their ‘austerity’ agenda. We know that their is plenty of wealth in our society but that is in the hands of a tiny few who are using the ‘austerity’ agenda to steal back the gains of the past, like free education, from the rest of us.

TUSC candidates in, for example, Manchester include students standing as council candidates for TUSC to help campaign for our demand for “grants, not fees”. I would call on students who support what TUSC are saying to get in touch and help build TUSC’s campaign up to the General Election on May 7.

Ealing North – David Hofman

I have been active in the labour movement for over 30 years, during which time I have been a member of the Socialist Party

I was Constituency Agent for Dave Nellist, Labour MP for Coventry South East, who is now National Chair of TUSC.  During his period as MP from 1984 to 1992, along with Terry Fields and Pat Wall, he created the template of a ‘Workers MP on a Workers Wage’.

He took as salary no more than the average wage of his constituents.   The rest was donated to community organisations and labour movement campaigns. This ensured that he remained in touch with the living conditions and problems of the people he represented.  What a contrast to the greedy careerists who populate Parliament today!

I am proud to follow Dave’s example, and make the same pledge to live on the average (median) salary of Ealing workers if elected.

Labour has become just another pro-capitalist party, implementing cuts and privatisation.

This is why was TUSC was set up, and why we are standing in over 100 seats in the General Election.   TUSC is your only vote if you are opposed to austerity and support policies in favour of the 99% , not the millionaires.

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Contact ealingtusc@gmail.com

T: 07961 114918