After Tony Mulhearn's 'remarkable' result in the Liverpool mayoral election in May, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coaliton (TUSC) was in action again on Thursday 5 July.
Two city council byelections were held in the wards of Riverside and Allerton& Hunts Cross. The campaign centred around Riverside, where we stood local Socialist Party member Chris McDermott.
Despite a vastly reduced turnout TUSC was still able to increase its vote in actual and percentage terms, something which no other party could manage. This is another small step forwards for TUSC.
Finishing third with 6.2%, TUSC supporters will continue to build the fight in and outside of elections to stop the cuts and build a socialist alternative.
TUSC also contested the former Lib Dem stronghold of Allerton& Hunts Cross for the first time. We received 31 votes (1.2%), more than the 18 votes the Tories could manage in Tuebrook&Stoneycroft in May! TUSC will looks to contest any other byelections in Liverpool called before the next full council elections in 2014.