Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/624/9518

From The Socialist newspaper, 12 May 2010

Coventry elections: strong socialist support

On 6 May, 2,653 Coventry people voted socialist in the general election and over 4,400 in the council elections. Coming just as the three establishment parties plan to raise our taxes and assault our wages, pensions and services, this represents a solid platform from which socialist support can advance.

Dave Griffiths, West Midlands Socialist Party secretary

Many people in St Michaels ward in Coventry were shocked to hear that they had lost Rob Windsor as a councillor. Socialists fought a vigorous campaign but, despite increasing Rob's vote by 580 to our highest ever in St Michaels, our vote was drowned by the wave of Coventry voters wanting to keep out a Tory government.

Margaret Thatcher's Tories ripped the industrial heartland out of Coventry. Tens of thousands of jobs went and left a sense of decline. While many have become disillusioned with Labour, they dislike the Tories even more, fearing the damage they might unleash again. That is why, even when canvassing during the MPs' expenses scandal, many told us: "I agree with you lot more and more, but I may not vote for you yet".

The media election coverage had a very 'presidential' flavour. In fact Socialist Party members have reported five conversations with people who complained they went to their polling station and found they couldn't vote for Brown or Clegg! In St Michaels we saw most people's (especially less regular voters') general election choice carry straight over to the council election. In Coventry that was predominantly Labour.

The Tory vote in St Michaels rose from 400 to 1,400 and Labour's from 1,100 to 2,900. Had people had a third ballot paper with the Labour candidate's description as 'Murder your mother', many may still have put an 'X' by it if that meant keeping the Tory wolves from the door! Labour is not popular, but the Tories are less popular in Coventry.

Labour now runs Coventry council and plans to cut 10 million of services this year and will announce more cuts at the end of the year. When the scale of the attacks becomes clear, it will provoke a reaction from working people.

Labour will make cuts

Any disappointment at losing such an excellent councillor as Rob Windsor will be nothing compared to the disappointment that will be felt by those in St Michaels and elsewhere who see 'potholes', not just in the roads, but appearing across housing, transport, education, health, welfare and social services as the common cuts agenda of the big three parties is rolled out.

We largely held our vote. More and more people listen to and many agree with what we are saying. We can turn this into stronger support and a stronger party in the future. Labour only has a St Michaels seat 'on rent' for a year and we can win it back and advance in other parts of the city.

The Socialist Party will go forward with confidence. We enjoyed more trade union support than ever before. This year's socialist voters will be joined by many more. If you gave us support in the polling booth, don't leave it at that, but get involved, do what you can or better still join the Socialist Party.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 12 May 2010:

MPs and party leaders haggling over their jobs... preparing to cut ours!


British Airways strike

Support the British Airways strikers


International socialist news and analysis

Greece: the struggle must continue and intensify

Fight the repression of workers in Kazakhstan


Socialist Party election campaign

General election 2010: TUSC results and the need for working class representation

Coventry elections: Strong socialist support

Lewisham elections: socialists will be at forefront of struggle

Huddersfield elections: Forging a socialist campaigning tradition

Anti-Tory mood dominated in Stoke during 2010 election

Spelthorne campaign during the 2010 general election

Swansea: Potential new members

Scotland: Meetings show enthusiasm for socialism

Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition (TUSC) general election results


Socialist Party Marxist analysis

Election deadlock


Obituary

Obituary - Peter Hadden, 1950 - 2010


Environment and socialism

Gulf of Mexico disaster: nationalise the oil giants


Workplace news and analysis

Defend the public sector

PCS courts victory

Vote Roger Bannister

Ex-Jarvis workers protest in Leeds

Gateshead housing protest

Lecturers' union strike demo

National Shop Stewards Network conference


 

Home   |   The Socialist 12 May 2010   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Coventry:

triangleCoventry Socialist sales hit 1,000

triangleConference on state spies: who's watching who?

triangleWho's watching who?: The fight for justice, trade union and democratic rights

triangleCoventry: march following racist police killing

triangleHousing safety campaign kicks off in Coventry

Socialist:

triangleBirmingham Central Socialist Party: The rise of Militant - lessons from our history

triangle110 years ago: massacre at Santa Maria school in Chile - commemorate 21 December 1907

triangleThe Socialist's 2017 quiz

triangleTwo in five 'right to buy' homes now for let

Elections:

triangleA world in crisis, ripe for revolution

triangleLabour 'purge' furore really just democracy

triangleTUSC conference to debate 2018 elections

Labour:

triangleArriva bus drivers' action wins pay rise

triangleBlairite council 'all ears' to rich property developers

Socialist Party:

triangleStop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

Election:

triangleBlairite horror and Labour's divisions graphically exposed

Rob Windsor:

triangle800 celebrate life of Rob Windsor, a socialist champion of Coventry's people

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

16/12/17

Haringey

Blairite council 'all ears' to rich property developers

16/12/17

North West

Arriva bus drivers' action wins pay rise

14/12/17

Waltham Forest

Stop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

13/12/17

London

Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

13/12/17

Fracking

Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

13/12/17

Devon

Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

13/12/17

Miners

Tory plan to hold dinner at coal mining museum defeated

13/12/17

Bradford

Bradford campaign to save children's services launched

13/12/17

South London

South London health bosses' cover-up

13/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite day of action against blacklisting

13/12/17

Brighton

Brighton victory

13/12/17

Newham

Newham anti-academies strikes

13/12/17

Tamil Solidarity

Tamil Solidarity and Refugee Rights activists meeting

12/12/17

Woolwich

Support the Crossrail Woolwich walkout

7/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite protest against blacklisting

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle16 Dec Blairite council 'all ears' to rich property developers

triangle16 Dec Arriva bus drivers' action wins pay rise

triangle14 Dec Stop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

triangle13 Dec Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

triangle13 Dec Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

triangle13 Dec Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

triangle13 Dec Trump's incendiary Jerusalem statement reignites Israeli-Palestinian...

More ...

triangle18 Dec Leeds Socialist Party: Religion and Socialism

triangle19 Dec Bristol North Socialist Party: Christmas social

triangle21 Dec Wakefield Socialist Party: Socialists and the National Question

triangle6 Jan Socialist Party national women's meeting

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2