Election campaigns

11 May 2016

Scotland: SNP wins but new openings for socialist alternative emerge

An increasing mood of disappointment in the actions of the SNP in power; their implementation of Tory austerity and the lack of a viable national left alternative has led to an increasing alienation in many working-class areas.

11 May 2016

TUSC election campaigns show opposition to cuts

Elections took place on 5 May for the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales, the Greater London Authority, and for 124 local authorities in England. The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition stood to show opposition to the cuts consensus.

11 May 2016

Northern Ireland elections: positive moves against sectarian politics

The Northern Ireland Assembly election was a dull and uneventful affair. The result has brought little change. Yet there were significant signs that the growing alienation from sectarianism, austerity and backward social policies is beginning to find a positive expression.

4 May 2016

Political censorship used against TUSC candidates

Bristol and Liverpool councils have carried out what can only be described as political censorship of socialists contesting mayoral elections on 5 May. The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) national steering committee has agreed to formally complain to the cities' returning officers.

27 April 2016

An anti-austerity alternative on the ballot paper

TUSC has candidates on 5 May for the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly, and 60 English councils

27 April 2016

TUSC protests at mayoral booklets censorship

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition national steering committee has agreed to formally complain to the Returning Officers of Bristol and Liverpool councils for what can only be described as political censorship of the TUSC candidates contesting the Mayoral elections

27 April 2016

London elections: fight for an anti-austerity GLA

Unfortunately, Jeremy Corbyn, in another retreat in the face of the right-wing Blairites that infest the Labour Party, has not insisted on the London elections being fought on the policies that swept him to the leadership.

27 April 2016

Scottish elections: strong mood for anti-cuts strategy continues

According to all opinion polls, the Scottish National Party looks certain to win another overall majority at Holyrood. No doubt the SNP leadership will claim the result as a confirmation of their policies. But that would not paint even half a picture of the real situation.

27 April 2016

Countering the growth of Ukip in south Wales

TUSC is standing widely across Wales in these elections to present working class people with a real alternative to austerity politics and in an attempt to stop Ukip from gaining in Wales with their false anti-establishment rhetoric.

27 April 2016

Welsh Assembly elections: A working class voice to say 'save our steel!'

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) challenge in the Welsh Assembly elections on 5 May has centred on the campaign to save Welsh steel. TUSC has campaigned for the immediate nationalisation of the industry, which is supported by a large majority.

27 April 2016

Anti-cuts stand wins support from students in Leeds

On a panel with the Green Party, Liberal Democrats, Ukip and Conservatives, TUSC was the only anti-cuts party. While the Greens often try to put themselves forward as being anti-austerity, their candidate wrongly stated councillors' "hands are tied" over cuts.

27 April 2016

Southampton Labour council faces crisis as cuts hit city

Despite growing anger at further cuts and continued austerity, Southampton Labour council's failure to mount any resistance to the cuts has put its majority in jeopardy.

27 April 2016

Why I'm standing: TUSC can make a real difference

I decided to stand as one of four TUSC candidates in this year's City of Lincoln council elections for a number of reasons. I had the fantastic experience of campaigning in Dublin alongside the Anti-Austerity Alliance during the Irish general election at the end of February.

27 April 2016

Warrington: Socialist councillor fighting cuts and hitting doorsteps

Councillor Kevin Bennett and the TUSC team have been out every day in Warrington discussing with Fairfield and Howley residents about the upcoming elections. We having been getting a tremendous response on the doors for Kevin and our other five candidates in the town.

20 April 2016

TUSC objects to Liverpool political censorship

Merseyside Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition is recording its opposition to a Liverpool City Council election office decision to veto a section in Roger Bannister's election address which refers to "Liverpool Labour".

20 April 2016

Increasing anger at cuts boosts Grimsby campaign

The 2016 local elections will be the fourth the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition has contested in Grimsby and we've gained experience from each one. It's clear that the mood is changing and anger at the government and local councillors doing the government's dirty work is increasing.

20 April 2016

Why I'm standing

Tom Baldwin for mayor of Bristol: Over 100 million has been cut from Bristol City Council by the independent mayor and his cross-party cabinet. Over 1,000 jobs have been threatened, with cuts to libraries, care services, parks and more.

13 April 2016

RMT branch calls for TUSC backing to continue

Members of the transport workers' union, the RMT, and particularly its late general secretary Bob Crow, have played a crucial role in the building of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) since its birth in 2010. TUSC was founded to take forward the fight to re-build independent working class political representation.

6 April 2016

Getting the anti-austerity struggle onto the ballot paper

TUSC has stood 'no-cuts' candidates since 2010. Will standing this May undermine Jeremy Corbyn's aim to change Labour?

9 March 2016

TUSC names first 2016 election challengers

The TUSC steering committee has approved the first batch of candidates for 5th May.


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