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2 May elections
Vote Socialist: For A Fighting Voice On The Council
TONY BLAIR'S New Labour are in power nationally. They also run the county council here in Lancashire as well as being the biggest party on the local borough council.
So why has the average council-tax payer in Preston faced a staggering increase of 43% on their bill since Blair came to power in 1997?
Mike Calderbank, Preston Socialist Party.
Well at least services will improve, right? Wrong! New Labour has wielded the axe across the borough's most important public services, hitting some of the most vulnerable people in society.
Care homes for the elderly have been axed. Local nurseries and playgroups, so critical for working mothers, have been axed. Council houses are in a dire state of disrepair.
Hundreds of jobs are lost every month across the (newly designated) city. Drugs and crime continue to blight our most deprived estates. Clearly Blair and his cronies in big business are not only failing Preston's voters but savagely attacking our quality of life.
That's why the Socialist Party are fighting back. In the 2 May local elections we will be fighting to have Councillor Paul Malliband re-elected - this time in the Brookfield ward, which has been particularly hammered by New Labour.
Electors in Brookfield will have three choices. They could vote for New Labour and give the green light for even higher taxes and more cuts and sell-offs to vital public services. Or they could vote for the Tories, the people who introduced the hated poll-tax which meant that working-class families had to pay as much as the Duke of Westminster.
The Tories haven't changed, and it's clear that they offer nothing to disillusioned voters. Both these parties have the same agenda: to make ordinary people pay the price for a failing capitalist economy.
The Socialist Party is offering the only genuine alternative to voters in Brookfield and all the other seats where we are standing in these elections. Only a vote for a socialist candidate offers the chance to get a real fighting voice on the council, someone who will put the concerns of ordinary people before the profits of big business for a change.
Vote for us, better still join us in fighting back against Blair's attacks on our communities and help to build an alternative to their system!
In The Socialist 19 April 2002: