Croydon Central – April Ashley

I have been a trade unionist in local government
for 20 years fighting for better terms and conditions for union members  and against the constant attacks on our living standards. The Tories  onslaught of austerity has been the worst attack on members that I can
remember with everyone in fear of losing their jobs and those in work  relying on benefits and payday loans just to get by. No one can live on  zero-hours contracts. They are barely surviving. The most vulnerable in  society are being ground in the dirt with welfare cuts, the bedroom tax  and benefit sanctions.

Working people have had enough of austerity.  Austerity means as we get poorer and local services are cut the Tories  ensure their friends the ‘1%’ get richer.

I am standing to show there  is an alternative to austerity. Unfortunately, Labour is just  ‘austerity-lite’ and we will still be facing terrible attacks to public  services under a Labour government. Their priority is paying down the  deficit which will mean us paying the deficit instead of the banks,  rich tax evaders and the PFI swindlers.

The millionaire backed UKIP  are scapegoating immigrants for the economic problems, which seems an  easy answer, instead of blaming the real culprits – the banks.

I  represent black members on UNISON’s National Executive Committee  (personal capacity) and I am fighting against the increased racism and  Islamaphobia in society. This is an attempt to divide and rule working  people while the rich laugh all the way to the bank.

The only people  that have benefitted under austerity are the millionaires. Food banks  have trebled. I am really pleased to be standing as a TUSC candidate to  campaign for an alternative to austerity.
I have been a trade unionist  in local government for 20 years fighting for better terms and  conditions for union members and against the constant attacks on our  living standards.

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Contact
SuttonCroydonTUSC@gmail.com
Tel 07732 638 728
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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

Chingford – Len Hockey

My name is Len Hockey and I am 53 years old, a hospital porter and a trade union activist of over 30 years standing. I am currently a branch secretary for the UNITE trade union and a Socialist Party member.

I have worked at Whipps Cross hospital in east London for 26 years during which time I have led numerous campaigns including building trade union organisation, against victimisation and against down grading of pay. Also an historic battle to end the two tier workforce which, following successful strike action, secured increased pay and conditions for a privatised, low paid, mainly migrant workforce.

In Chingford ConDem policies have meant vicious attacks including a library closure, the cut of a fire engine and denigration of this service through attacks on workers’ pensions. Also, the slashing of vital children’s and young people’s services, social work services to baby clinics and career services to the youth offending team.

I am proud to be taking part in the biggest left-of-Labour electoral challenge for 60 years: in a coalition of dedicated campaigners fighting for permanent, properly paid jobs, trade union rights, affordable housing, decent public services and benefits, and against the establishment parties policy of austerity, ie.  planned poverty for the millions while the super-rich get richer.

Contact

Tel 07746 414536

Email len4tusc@gmail.com

Twitter @TUSCWF

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/walthamforesttusc

Website http://www.walthamforesttusc.com/

Harrow East – Nana Asante

I am a TUSC Candidate for Harrow East because TUSC is anti- austerity and anti-cuts. TUSC represents Working People. I know Harrow East well having lived in Harrow East for over 20 years. My children attended Stanburn School, Salvatorian College, Park High School and St Dominic’s 6th Form College. A passionate Community Activist, I was a Harrow Councillor from 2002 – 2014 and Mayor of Harrow from 2013 – 2014. I chair Harrow Fairtrade Campaign and under my leadership Harrow achieved Fairtrade Borough status in 2014. I have 4 children and 1 grandchild.

A Fellowship Group Leader, Chaplain of First Stanmore Girls Brigade, Campaign Officer of Independent Labour Group, Committee Member of Harrow ABF and trustee of Kilombo UK, if elected, I have the experience to serve the community of Harrow, one of the most religiously diverse boroughs of England and Wales. As a person of Faith, I understand the importance of Faith in the life of a person. I also understand politics & negotiation. I have the skills to speak up in Parliament for the complex needs of Harrow. If elected, I will be bold in advocating for Harrow, with or without the support of the other 2 MPs.

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Contact

Email: nanaasantefortusc@gmail.com

Mobile: 07930 326 967

Social Media

Facebook Nana Asante

Twitter @Nana4TUSC

Website under construction: Nanaasante4tusc.com

Meetings

14th March  – Street Stall in Harrow Town Centre – 11:00AM – 1:00PM

15th March  – Hustings @ Husaini Islamic Centre, Wood Lane, Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 4LQ, 4:00PM

21st March  – Community Meeting with Tamil Solidarity 2:00PM – 6:00PM @ 87 Abercorn Road, Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 2PH – closest tube Canons Park

22nd March  – Film & Discussion to mark the UN Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 2:00PM – 6:00PM @ The Bridge, Christchurch Avenue, Harrow, Wealdstone, HA3 5BD – closest tube Harrow & Wealdstone

10th April  – Fundraising Event with Northwood, Ruislip, Pinner and Uxbridge, 8:00PM – Midnight @ Greenwood Hall, Pinner Road, Pinner, Middlesex, HA5 3TJ. Food, Music, Dance, Raffle. Tickets £10 only

Standing up to the cuts!

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In May 2015 a third of the seats in London will be challenged by candidates standing for the Trade Union & Socialist Coalition. Across the country, hundreds of ordinary people, trade unionists, community campaigners and socialists, are building the biggest left-of-Labour challenge in over 60 years. A hundred general election candidates and hundreds more council candidates. All the main parties offer austerity. We don’t accept that ordinary working class people should be losing jobs, pay, benefits and homes, while the rich are getting richer. We are making history. Join us and volunteer to be a TUSC campaigner and help to build a viable alternative to austerity and cuts.

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Pink above is where we are standing.

Click here to find our London candidate list and the full list of candidates beyond London can be found on this pdf -> parliamentary candidates.

What do we stand for?

THE Con-Dem government has inflicted five years of savage austerity on working class people. Unfortunately there is no prospect of this changing beyond the general election, as the leadership of the Labour Party has made it clear that a Labour government would not mean an end to austerity.

THE Con-Dem government has inflicted five years of savage austerity on working class people. Unfortunately there is no prospect of this changing beyond the general election, as the leadership of the Labour Party has made it clear that a Labour government would not mean an end to austerity.

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) argues that working class people should not pay for a crisis that we did not cause. That was why TUSC was set up in 2010, co-founded by the late Bob Crow, to show that there is a clear left-wing alternative to policies of public sector cuts, privatisation, militarism and environmental degradation.

TUSC has accepted from its start that there will be some Labour candidates who share our socialist aspirations and will be prepared to support measures that challenge the austerity consensus of the establishment politicians. But it is also committed to standing candidates or supporting others if that is the only way a working class anti-austerity socialist alternative can be articulated at election time.

Our coalition, of trade unionists, community campaigners and socialists, is united on the need for mass resistance to the ruling class offensive, and for an alternative programme of left-wing policies to help inspire and direct such resistance:

PUBLIC OWNERSHIP, NOT PRIVATE PROFIT

  • Stop all privatisation, including the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and Public-Private Partnerships (PPP). Bring privatised public services and utilities back into public ownership under democratic control.

NO CUTS – FOR QUALITY PUBLIC SERVICES

  • Re-nationalise all rail, bus and ferry services to build an integrated, low-pollution public transport system. Take Royal Mail back into public ownership to guarantee our postal services. Bring prisons, probation, and all other parts of the justice system back into the public sector.
  • For a high-quality, free National Health Service under democratic public ownership and control.
  • Stop council estate sell-offs and build high-standard, eco-friendly, affordable council housing.
  • No to academies and ‘free schools’. Good, free education for all, under democratic local authority control; student grants not fees.

JOBS, NOT HANDOUTS TO THE BANKERS AND BILLIONAIRES

  • Bring banks and finance institutions into genuine public ownership under democratic control, instead of giving huge handouts to the very capitalists who caused the crisis.
  • Tax the rich. For progressive tax on rich corporations and individuals and an end to tax avoidance.
  • For massive investment in environmental projects.

EMPLOYMENT AND TRADE UNION RIGHTS

  • Repeal the anti-trade union laws.
  • Support the TUC’s demand to increase the minimum wage to £10 an hour, and for it then to rise in line with inflation or wages, whichever is higher.
  • Scrap zero hour contracts. Guaranteed hours and full employment rights for all.
  • Invest to create and protect jobs, including for young people.
  • Solidarity with workers taking action to defend jobs, conditions, pensions, public services and trade unions. Reinstate full trade union rights to prison officers.

PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT – STOP GLOBAL WARMING

  • Deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions – otherwise climate change, caused by capitalism, will destroy us.
  • Invest in publicly-owned and controlled renewable energy.
  • Move to sustainable, low-pollution industry and farming – stop the pollution that is destroying our environment.
  • Produce for need, not profit, and design goods for reuse and recycling.

DECENT PENSIONS AND BENEFITS

  • Abolish the bedroom tax.
  • Reverse cuts to benefits; for living benefits; end child poverty.
  • Restore the pre-Thatcher real value of pensions. Reinstate the link with average earnings.

STOP THE ATTACKS ON DISABLED PEOPLE

  • Promote inclusive policies to enable disabled people to participate in, and have equal access to, education, employment, housing, transport and welfare provision.
  • Support measures to ensure disabled people receive a level of income according to needs. Equal pay for equal work.

DEMOCRACY, DIVERSITY AND JUSTICE

  • Welcome diversity and oppose racism, fascism and discrimination. Defend the right to asylum, repeal the 2014 Immigration Act and all racist immigration controls.
  • Ensure women have genuinely equal rights and pay.
  • Full equality for LGBT people.
  • Defend our liberties and make police and security democratically accountable.
  • For the right to vote at 16.

SOLIDARITY NOT WAR

  • No to imperialist wars and occupations!
  • Justice for the Palestinians, lift the siege of Gaza.
  • No more spending on a new generation of nuclear weapons, huge aircraft carriers or irrelevant eurofighters – convert arms spending into socially useful products and services.
  • An independent foreign policy, based on international solidarity – no more being a US poodle, no moves towards a capitalist, militarist United States of Europe. No to austerity and anti-working class policies, whether from the EU or Britain.

SOCIALISM

For a democratic socialist society run in the interests of people not millionaires. For bringing into democratic public ownership the major companies and banks that dominate the economy, so that production and services can be planned to meet the needs of all and to protect the environment.