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Socialists' city-wide challenge
IN THIS election, for the first time, Coventry Socialist Party will contest all three of the city's seats. Coventry produced some of the Left's best results at the 2001 general election.
So in 2005 Socialist Party councillor Dave Nellist will again contest Coventry North East, former councillor Rob Windsor will again fight Coventry South and city primary school teacher Nicky Downes will stand in Coventry North West.
Dave Nellist said:
"This election could have the lowest turnout ever. I predict that on 5 May, less than 50% of Coventry's population will vote - not because people are apathetic, but because for so many there's no one they want to vote for.
Even with very limited resources the Socialist Party hopes now to give a socialist alternative to people in every area of the city."
Rob Windsor added:
"This election is too important to be left to the three establishment parties alone.
The Tory Party, who started our hospitals' decline by cuts and privatisation especially in ancillary services, now say they want to clean up hospitals!
"New Labour, who created the biggest-ever gap between the rich and the rest, now say they stand for an equal society. The Liberals claim opposition to the war on Iraq. But when it comes to votes, such as against the war in Coventry's council chamber, they were missing in action!"
Nicky Downes said:
"New Labour will probably win the election, though perhaps with a lower majority. No one wants to go back to the days of the Tories, but a change of government in 1997 didn't give us a real change in policies. Voting for one of the three big establishment parties won't change anything this time, either.
"The best way to send that message is by voting for an anti-establishment candidate from the Socialist Party."
Former MP Dave Nellist promised that a Socialist MP would be radically different from Coventry's current three Labour MPs.
"We need a socialist voice for Coventry - someone who'd be a thorn in the government's side, mobilising opposition to cuts and redundancies outside Parliament as well as being a genuine voice for working people and their families in Parliament.
"If any of our candidates were elected as MP they'd take only the wage of a skilled worker out of the MP's salary. They'd make it a priority to campaign alongside trade unionists, socialists and people from the communities for a new mass party as an alternative to the three establishment 'Tory' parties."
In The Socialist 14 April 2005: