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From The Socialist newspaper, 20 April 2011

Vote Against Cuts alliance launched in Leicester

Becci Heagney, TUSC candidate, Stoneygate, Leicester

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidates are standing as part of an alliance with candidates from Unity for Peace and Socialism in Leicester called 'Vote Against Cuts'.

All 13 candidates, plus one candidate who is standing for Leicester's first elected mayor, have signed a pledge to vote against all cuts.

A public meeting to launch the alliance was attended by over 40 people. The speakers spelt out the massive effects that the Con-Dem attacks will have on ordinary people and raised alternatives to the cuts, such as closing tax loop-holes.

In Leicester, we are faced with a Labour council which is passing on the Tory cuts to our city.

Vote Against Cuts wrote to every councillor before we decided to stand in the local elections, asking them the direct question: will you vote for cuts? Only two replied and both argued they had no choice but to vote for cuts.

The members of the public who came along to the meeting greatly supported our cause, giving generous donations to help with the cost of leaflets and offering to put posters in their windows and leaflet their streets.

Many are completely disillusioned with the three main parties and are desperately looking for a real alternative that will stand up for ordinary people.

TUSC candidates in Leicester, as part of Vote Against Cuts, can be that alternative.

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In The Socialist 20 April 2011:


Anti-cuts campaigning

How can the Con-Dem coalition be most effectively punished?

Kick big business out of health care

Fight cuts - vote socialist

Fighting anti-cuts programme needed in Scottish elections

Coventry: support for socialists increases

Enthusiasm for ten TUSC candidates across Kent

Vote Against Cuts alliance launched in Leicester

"Lambeth council know the cost of everything and the value of nothing"


Socialist Students

NUS conference fails to act


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Libya: Is humanitarian aid providing mission creep for western powers?

War - what is it good for? Arms sales!


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Construction workers lobby BP

"Staggering scale" of London Ambulance service cuts

Workplace news in brief

NUT teachers' conference

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