Election campaigns

11 May 2016

Fourth place for TUSC in Liverpool

The TUSC candidate for the mayor of Liverpool, Unison national executive member Roger Bannister, polled 4,950 votes, a 5.1% share, over 1,400 votes ahead of the Tories.

11 May 2016

TUSC increases vote in Coventry by 25%

In Coventry TUSC won 3,108 votes across the city increasing the vote by 25% from the last set of comparable local elections in 2014. The highest vote was for TUSC national chair Dave Nellist in St Michaels ward where TUSC received almost 20%.

11 May 2016

Third anti-cuts councillor elected in Southampton

Southampton anti-cuts candidate Tammy Thomas was elected with 45% of the vote and Labour nearly 500 votes behind. All three seats are now held by anti-austerity councillors against the Blairite cutters.

11 May 2016

Over 1,800 votes for TUSC candidate in Bristol

Bristol's mayoral election saw the TUSC vote rise by over 450 from 2012 to 1,876 first preference votes.

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.

11 May 2016

Wales: no change and all change

On the surface there has not been a huge change in the political complexion of the Welsh government - Welsh Labour lost just one seat and will be able to hold on as a minority government. But under the surface the election showed how much things have changed in Welsh politics.

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.

10 May 2016

Over 1,700 votes for TUSC in Warrington

Following a tremendous campaign, TUSC councillor Kevin Bennett missed out on re-election in by a narrow margin

9 May 2016

Thursday's elections showed fragmentation and anger

photo Salford TUSC

Running up to the May elections the Labour Party right wing set out to damage their own party's chances in order to achieve what is, for them, a greater goal: undermining Jeremy Corbyn

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

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition: TUSC is standing candidates for elections to the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly, and sixty English local councils on 5 May.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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".


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