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

twitter @mastiniman

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

Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner – Wally Kennedy

I have been active in the local area for 38 years as a community activist, socialist, trade-unionist and elected councillor.  I have witnessed the carnage of Thatcher’s neo-liberalism and the destruction of vital industries, jobs and public services ever since – replaced by Finance Capital’s casino economy. The bankers are bailed out at our expense – and we’re told that it’s our fault. I am a former Labour councillor, expelled for the successful opposition to the hated and unjust Poll tax. Since 1998 I have continued to hold an advice session every Saturday  in a cafe in Northwood Hills – offering help, advice and representation.  I have seen enough homelessness, poverty and hardship of family and individual lives destroyed by an uncaring system run for and by the rich.   None of the main parties represent us anymore.  Even the “Labour” party is as much use to us as an ashtray on a motorbike. We need to build a new party – for real political representation – FOR us, of us and by us.  For real democratic public ownership to begin to sustainably plan for the needs of the millions and not the greed of the tax-dodging multi-millionaires. Vote TUSC against cuts on 7th May.

Flyer please Download and Share

Contact Twitter: @wally4tusc Facebook: Trade unionist and socialist coalition Hillingdon Phone: 07415 609012

Meetings and Events Hillingdon/Harrow TUSC fundraiser is Friday 10th April between 8pm and 12pm Greenwood hall, Pinner Road, Northwood Hills HA5 3TJ (nearest tube Northwood Hills)

Dulwich & West Norwood – Steve Nally

Steve Nally works in education and is a member of the GMB trade union.  Steve was national Secretary of the All Britain Anti-Poll Tax Federation and like 18 million others played a key part in defeating the tax and bringing down Margaret Thatcher.  Steve has lived in Lambeth all his life and has been an active socialist campaigner since the early 1980’s.  Steve says that he is standing because “Labour no longer fights for working class people. In Lambeth they are now managing the decline of vital services.  They claim to be a ‘Cooperative Council’ but all they are cooperating with is implementing ConDem cuts and non stop austerity.  TUSC provides a vision whereby the hopes and needs of the 99% come first”.  If elected Steve will only take an average wage with majority of his wages going towards local campaigns and struggles.
Contact  –  07985 900 753
Email – redspan59@gmail.com
Facebook  –  TUSC Lambeth
Twitter – @TUSCSteveNally