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

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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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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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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.