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From The Socialist newspaper, 4 April 2003

Local election campaign: Anti-War? Anti-Privatisation? Vote Socialist Alternative!

The first of May, or May Day, is international workers' day. This year it will be a day of mass anti-war protests worldwide. Here in England and Wales, it is also the date of the local council and Welsh Assembly elections. In most seats, this will mean a Hobson's choice of the three major parties.

It is not apathy that means only a minority will vote in these elections, it is the lack of anyone worthwhile to vote for. All of the big three parties have been responsible for endless cuts and privatisation of public services wherever they have been in power at local level.

They are also all in favour of this brutal war - enthusiastically in the Tories' and New Labour's case - more regretfully in the case of the Liberal Democrats. Nonetheless, Charles Kennedy has made it absolutely clear that, now troops are on the ground, he supports the onslaught on Iraq.

By contrast, Socialist Party members, standing as Socialist Alternative, are demanding immediate withdrawal of the troops - the best way of supporting 'our boys' is to bring them home. New Labour has just found an extra 1.75 billion for the war - a 70% increase in their war spending - whilst they continue to refuse any significant pay increases for public sector workers. Our candidates will campaign on a socialist programme that includes:

We are standing candidates in Newcastle upon Tyne, Stockton on Tees, Sheffield, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Pontefract, Leeds, Barnsley, Merseyside, Worcester, Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, Stevenage, Swindon and Bristol. We are also standing two candidates for the Welsh Assembly - Dave Bartlett for Cardiff South and Penarth and Rob Williams for Aberavon.

If you would like more information about our campaigns contact Hannah Sell (020 8988 8767.)

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In The Socialist 4 April 2003:

The Bloody Price Of War

Reject Agenda For Change

UNISON elections

School Students Put Blair On Trial

Opposing Imperialist War...

International reports

Building The Anti-War Movement

Iraq Invasion - Igniting Arab Opinion

Kurds - A History Of Western Betrayals

After the horror and destruction: Rebuilding Iraq In Uncle Sam's Image?

Powell's speech deepens capitalist splits

Local election campaign: Anti-War? Anti-Privatisation? Vote Socialist Alternative!


 

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