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Brixton Hill: Opposing Labour's 'cuts cooperative'
Building a working class political voice
Steve Nally, Brixton Hill TUSC candidate
It may be freezing in Brixton Hill ward but our fighting message has been warmly received on the doorsteps and streets.
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) campaign for the 17 January byelection has challenged the bankruptcy of the three main political parties. Lambeth Labour's 'cooperative' council has bent over backwards in cooperating with the Con-Dems' cuts!
There have been £30 million of cuts since 2010 with a further £89 million to cut by 2016. Child poverty, overcrowding and unemployment are endemic in the south London borough, but Labour cuts the youth service, gets rid of its housing stock and makes redundancies.
Labour no longer fights for working class communities. TUSC is building a serious, fighting alternative to all the careerists and suits that use the working class as a stepping stone to better things.
TUSC has exposed the scandal of 670 Lambeth families facing eviction due to housing benefit cuts, the 13% of households that are overcrowded and the decimation of a much needed youth service.
From the top of Brixton Hill you can see the City of London and Canary Wharf offices of the big businesses stashing £800 billion away as they can't find any profitable outlet for it.
Working class people made that money and we now have to build a movement and political representation that will get that money back and to reclaim our future.
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) was set up in 2010 to enable trade unionists, anti-cuts campaigners and socialists to stand candidates against all the main parties.
It is supported by the RMT, leading members of trade unions such as the FBU, PCS, POA and NUT, and socialists including the Socialist Party.
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