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

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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

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.

Bethnal Green and Bow – Glyn Robbins

I’ve lived, worked and campaigned in the East End for many years and I’m proud of our political tradition.  The foundations of the labour movement and council housing were laid here and we’ve opposed racism from Mosley’s blackshirts to the EDL.

But I’m worried about the future of Tower Hamlets.  I see the gap between rich and poor getting wider while our public services are under constant attack.  I have a four year old granddaughter.  I’m standing for TUSC because I want to see a better East End future for her.

I’ve been involved in many campaigns including Save York Hall, Save Bethnal Green Library, Defend Council Housing and the Stop the War Coalition.  I formed United East End, an alliance of local people that stopped the English Defence League (EDL) coming to Tower Hamlets.

I’ve worked in housing for over 20 years and believe only a national programme of council house building can provide the homes we need.

Campaign meeting leaflet, download and share.

Contact

Facebook – Glyn4BGB

Email glynrobbins@aol.com

Twitter @robbins_glyn

Tel. 07411 557097

Public meetings scheduled

24th March Cranbrook Community Centre

16th April – Property Developers and the Theft of the East End, St Hildas Community Centre E2

22nd April – Tower Hamlets TUSC public meeting on housing

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.

Campaign FLYER – please download and share.

Contact ealingtusc@gmail.com

T: 07961 114918

Sutton & Cheam Pauline Gorman

I am a retired teacher – I taught for 35 years in Special and Comprehensive schools in London and Birmingham. I was elected Union rep in several schools, onto NUT Associations’ Committees and as delegate to Trades Councils and NUT National Conference. Over the years I have been active in many campaigns including: those to preserve Trade Union rights, against public spending cuts, and to stop the Vietnam and Iraq wars. I have been enormously enthused by the creation of TUSC as a major campaigning organisation against the vicious cuts perpetrated by the current (and previous) corrupt and self-serving governments. I am currently campaigning against the introduction of TTIP and to save the NHS and our local Hospital – St Helier. I am a life-long socialist and believe that democratic ownership of the means of production is the only way to ensure equality for all and to preserve human life on the planet.

Flyer please download and share

See campaign Window Poster

Contact

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

Email pfgorman44@gmail.com

Meetings
1. Sutton Guardian (local newspaper) final debate (hustings) is scheduled for Nonsuch High School, Cheam, on March 12, with the lead topic education.

Fantastic animation worth looking at and sharing:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyG1KPeCAT0

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)

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.

Campaign FLYER, download and share.

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

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

Uxbridge & South Ruislip – Gary Harbord

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!

Gary Harbord leaflet to download and share.

Contact

Facebook 

Mobile 07804 280034

Email gazharbord@yahoo.co.uk

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)