Archive article from The Socialist Issue 392
Coventry - the best campaign ever
SOME PEOPLE called this the 'no choice' election but it's more like the 'little change' election - at least on the surface. Many told us they hated New Labour but they still felt they had to vote Labour. This was mainly because of fear of the Tories winning.
However, it also reflected the relative economic stability for a section of workers over the last four or five years. Changes to that are looming on the horizon - the threat to jobs, low pay and the crisis in the NHS as well as the attacks on pensions.
We got 3,500 votes in Coventry, where there was a lot of attention given to the LibDems and a localised press blackout for us. Where we got our highest votes, the turnout was lowest. Generally the turnout in the cities was lower than in the more rural areas.
The Socialist Party increased our influence and membership in the election, which was not fully reflected in the number of votes we got.
We had the best four week's of campaigning we've ever had - we've sold record numbers of papers and raised huge amounts of fighting fund. Of the 60 people who have expressed an interest in joining, 8 have joined so far. And we have the beginnings of a new branch in Leamington. Even where they won't join the Party itself, more people have volunteered to help us in elections.
Coventry North East: Dave Nellist 1874 (5%)
Coventry South: Rob Windsor 1097 (2.7%)
Coventry North West: Nicky Downes 615 (1.4%)