Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page:

From The Socialist newspaper, 21 November 2012

Rotherham TUSC election challenge - No snouts in the trough!

Alistair Tice
Rotherham TUSC candidate Ralph Dyson, second left, on the Rawmarsh school picket line, photo Yorkshire Socialist Party

Rotherham TUSC candidate Ralph Dyson, second left, on the Rawmarsh school picket line, photo Yorkshire Socialist Party   (Click to enlarge)

After Rotherham MP, Dennis 'MacShame' was caught with his fingers in the till, a byelection has been called for 29 November.

New Labour shot themselves in the foot by imposing a shortlist of two external candidates, to the exclusion of a local councillor.

This resulted in at least half the selection meeting walking out and the eventual candidate, who has only been a party member two years, being selected with the level of mandate you'd expect for a police commissioner!

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), which is standing local National Union of Teachers (NUT) rep Ralph Dyson, immediately issued an 'Open letter to angry Rotherham Labour Party members' appealing for their support (see below).

Ralph's daughter has a pet pig called Kez. A photo of Kez features on the TUSC election leaflet with the caption: "Sick of the Fat Cats with their snouts in the trough?"

TUSC is also campaigning against the 50 million of health service cuts being proposed by Rotherham NHS trust's chief executive that will result in a smaller hospital, fewer beds and 750 job losses. These cuts would turn our district general hospital into nothing more than a glorified cottage hospital.

Crossing the red line

We organised a protest against these cuts outside the hospital. First the security came and, pointing to a line that had been tarmaced over, said: "You've crossed the red line" which we took as a compliment but refused to move. Then 'Communications' came to ask us to respect that it is a "working hospital". "Not for much longer," we replied, "if these cuts go through".

By coincidence, a Guardian newspaper reporter was in town that day so we managed to get them to the hospital protest and interview Ralph.

The day before, the Guardian had carried a pro-Labour piece about the Manchester Central byelection. This reporter commented on how impressed she had been with TUSC candidate Alex at the hustings. I asked: "But who wrote that cringing article in yesterday's paper?"

She replied: "It was me!" How to win friends and influence people! Needless to say, TUSC didn't get any coverage the next day.

Our first week's campaigning, of town centre stalls, leafleting the hospital, 500 council workers and two mosques, plus Sunday canvasses, has already had an impact and won new supporters.

Open letter from the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

To angry Rotherham Labour Party members,

We in TUSC, including many ex-Labour Party members, welcome your angry reaction to the New Labour apparatus imposing another external candidate and possible MP on the town.

After the experience of Denis MacShane, who was also imposed on the local party from outside, you are justified in expressing your opposition to national party leadership diktat by walking out of the selection process.

This experience only further confirms the complete lack of democracy now in New Labour, and the inability for ordinary local party members to hold any real say in decision making and accountability.

In the view of TUSC, this lack of democracy is part of the process undertaken by Blair, Brown and now Miliband to shift the Labour Party away from its working-class roots and to make the party acceptable to the rich, big business and the millionaires.

That is why TUSC is standing a candidate in the forthcoming byelection, Ralph Dyson, a local teacher and trade union representative who led the strike last year at Rawmarsh community school against compulsory redundancies.

We believe it is vital to counter the inevitable disillusionment and alienation of Rotherham working-class people with a left wing and socialist alternative. Ralph is standing against corruption, against cuts and against racism and fascism, and to be a workers' MP on a worker's wage.

We appeal to you to come a help us in our campaign, to support a local, working class, trade union fighter and socialist, the very things that the Labour Party was founded for and most of you will have joined because of.

For more information about Ralph's and TUSC's campaign, look at:

Yours in solidarity,
Alistair Tice, Rotherham TUSC election agent

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.

In The Socialist 21 November 2012:


Home   |   The Socialist 21 November 2012   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   PDF  

Related links:


triangleRacist smears won't stop child sex abuse

triangle200-year miscarriage of justice exposing ruling class

triangleRotherham 12 declared not guilty

triangleSupport the Rotherham 12


triangleThe Socialist inbox

triangleTUSC plans to stand on Waltham Forest anti-monster block platform

triangleOutrageous sentence for TUSC agent in 'misleading electors' court case

triangleTUSC statement on sentencing of Derby TUSC agent


triangleItalian elections create huge political shake-up

triangleSocialist Party congress 2018

triangleMay's EU speech kicks the can down the road

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition:

triangleCampaigners continue to demand Chorley A&E is fully reopened

triangleWhole lotta shakin' goin' on in DOO dispute


triangleSalford Socialist Party: The history of the Labour movement in Ireland


triangleHands Off HRI campaign group meets Corbyn and Ashworth

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns



Refugee Rights campaigners on the 17.3.18 anti-racism demo - pics


Socialist Party

Socialist Party congress 2018



Strike continues: set dates for next national action


Socialist Party

Members dig deep into their pockets to support the party


North West

Campaigners continue to demand Chorley A&E is fully reopened



Swansea Labour council votes for cuts



Derby public meeting: Women's Lives Matter



Seeing-off the bigoted, billionaire toff!



Continuing the fighting tradition of working class women



Workplace news in brief



Leicester: Blairites block Labour Party democracy



Leaked pay deal: fight for a genuine pay rise



We feel that we will win - a striker speaks



Woolwich ferry workers win automation campaign



UCU strike: bosses on the run

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube



Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777


Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0191 421 6230

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551



Alphabetical listing

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018