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.
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.