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"I'll be voting for the trade unionists"
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) supporters in Lewisham held a weekend of election campaigning on 11-12 January.
Chris Flood is seeking re-election to the seat that he held on Lewisham council until 2010.
The weekend started with a car cavalcade which noisily announced our intention to stand widely at this year's elections.
Cars went through the borough decked out in TUSC posters stating our opposition to the cuts. Loudspeakers and loudhailers said that TUSC was the only option if you wanted anti-cuts councillors elected.
On Sunday we held our first mass canvass of Telegraph Hill ward where Chris and another Socialist Party member Ian Page were previously councillors.
Around 20 TUSC supporters came from around London to participate. Before we got onto the streets we saw signs of support for our election campaign.
A woman sitting in the café near where we were preparing for the canvass said: "I'll be voting for the trade unionists, I heard them going round in cars yesterday saying they were against cuts."
We received a very friendly response from people on the doorstep. Many constituents remembered the work that our councillors had done in the ward. Lewisham TUSC has started 2014 with a bang!
Councillors can make a difference...
but only if they are prepared to fight
Come to the TUSC 2014 Local Elections conference
Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London, WIT 6AQ
Nearest tube Warren Street, Saturday 1 February, 11am to 4.30pm. Conference registration fee: £10 waged /£2 low/unwaged
In The Socialist 15 January 2014:
Socialist Party news and analysis
International socialist news and analysis
Socialist Party workplace news
Socialist Party youth and students
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Socialist Party review