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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am a teacher and active campaigner in Lewisham, South London. I am also one of three members of my union’s executive standing as parliamentary candidates for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) – which is more than for any other party.
Currently I am heavily involved in a big campaign of teachers, parents and school students against academies in Lewisham – see my facebook for details about that.
I have been living – and campaigning – in Lewisham West and Penge for over 25 years. In the early 1990s, I was the main organiser of the Penge Anti-Poll Tax Union, part of the victorious campaign that defeated Margaret Thatcher.
I moved to Sydenham and was elected Secretary of the Lewisham branch of NUT, the teacher’s union. I have since played a key role in many local campaigns against cuts, opposing racist attacks, and supporting and leading trade union action to defend schools, jobs and services. I have taught locally – in both Bromley and Lewisham schools – and my children have also all attended local schools.
To make clear that I am different from the distrusted and despised career politicians, I have also pledged that, if elected as MP, I would continue to take only my existing classroom teacher’s take-home pay, donating the extra salary towards building trade union, socialist and community campaigns.
I am secretary of Greenwich & Bexley TUC, and all my adult life I have been an active socialist and trade unionist . Particularly in UCU strikes and campaigns against education cuts most notably the closure of RNIB Redhill College, which was supported by the late Tony Benn. I am a teacher in further education
In 2010 I received the UCU Distinguished Service Award.
TUSC Council Candidate, May 2014, Glyndon Ward, Plumstead, Receiving the highest percentage vote in London.
I helped initiate the formation of the Greenwich & Bexley TUC in 2010. Re-elected secretary every year since. At the forefront of organizing support for all local strikers with financial collections, public meetings and benefit concerts: Unite bus strikes, NHS, Firefighters, EDF strikers, NUT, PCS, GMB, CWU
Recent campaigns include:
Building solidarity for UCU strikes in Lambeth and Greenwich Community College
London Living Wage
Defend Council Housing
Ritzy Bectu strikers,
ISS GMB workers at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
In the wake of Lee Rigby’s murder in Woolwich we organized local street stalls and meetings against the EDL. We also campaigned against the deaths in police custody of Paul Coker and Nur Saeed.
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.
I am standing as a TUSC candidate in the Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency in the General Election. I am a Train Operator on London Underground and RMT Representative. It is vital that there is a Socialist alternative to the pro big business policies of all the other main parties including UKIP. Ordinary working people are disillusioned with Politicians who they see as self-serving and corrupt. That is why I pledge to take home no more than the average of a skilled worker if elected. I will be standing against Boris Johnson the London mayor who before he was elected pledged to keep underground ticket offices open but when elected reneged on this pledge, a decision that will lead to the loss of one thousand jobs . This election is not just about my role on the London Underground or our battles with Boris Johnson, it is about what sort of society we want to live in . TUSC stands for a society that is run by the people for the people for the interests of the 99% not the corrupt 1% . Get involved get active and lets build the socialist alternative!