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Posted on 23 May 2014 at 15:07 GMT

Keith Morrell re-wins in Coxford, 22.5.14, photo by N Chaffey

Keith Morrell re-wins in Coxford, 22.5.14, photo by N Chaffey   (Click to enlarge)

Great TUSC victory in Southampton

Keith Morrell has re-won his council seat Coxford, standing as part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC). Keith was previously kicked out of the Labour Party for fighting against cuts.

He has been decisively re-elected with 1,654 votes, 43%. This is a great result and vindication for his stand, alongside fellow rebel councillor Don Thomas, in opposing all cuts.

Ukip came second with 796 votes, Labour third with 724 votes, the Tories fourth with 500 votes, and Lib Dems last with 168.

The result has lit up the idea that fighting councillors can help build support for a real alternative to austerity. It is in sharp contrast to the close shave for Labour council leader Simon Letts who nearly lost his seat to Ukip after two years of implementing Tory cuts.

Election day campaigning in Southampton, 22.5.14, photo by N Chaffey

Election day campaigning in Southampton, 22.5.14, photo by N Chaffey   (Click to enlarge)

Keith said:
"This result is a victory for the people of Coxford who fought to save local services and won an important victory to re-open our local swimming pool. It shows what is possible.

"Other significant results across the city for TUSC Against Cuts candidates shows the potential that exists for a new party. A party that stands up for working people, campaigns for jobs and housing and tackles the growing poverty that affects so many families in the city".

Thanks to all TUSC supporters for their campaigning work and solidarity which ensured the message was heard loud and clear across Coxford and beyond. Councillors have a choice, this one won't vote for cuts and we need many more who will join his stand.

Nick Chaffey
Election day campaigning in Southampton, 22.5.14, photo by N Chaffey

Election day campaigning in Southampton, 22.5.14, photo by N Chaffey   (Click to enlarge)

Report from the TUSC website, 27th May 2014:

Local elections 2014: TUSC now on 65,000 votes, with two councils to publish

The vote tally for TUSC candidates in last Thursday's local council elections has now passed the 65,000 mark, with just two councils yet to publish their official results (in London and the West Midlands).

In 21 councils TUSC has polled over 1,000 votes. In ten of these, it has been over 2,000. A powerful anti-austerity message has been sent in all these areas.

In previous years we have presented a 'league table' of ward results (see the previous election results links on the Candidates page on the TUSC website, at http://www.tusc.org.uk/candidate ).

But this year's challenge has been of a different scale. There are 77 council wards, for example, where TUSC has polled over 5% of the vote.

And are wards the best comparators? There were 31 councils where TUSC stood in over 30% of the seats up for election this year.

The mean average share of the vote in the wards contested in these authorities is probably a better measure of support.

In five of these councils TUSC's average ward vote is over 5% - topped by Salford (9.9%), Haringey (6.9%), Barnsley (6.4%), Southampton (5.7%) and Newham (5.5%).

These are closely followed by Enfield (4.8%), Doncaster (4.6%), Waltham Forest (4.5%), Hackney (4.5%), Stevenage (3.8%), Coventry (3.7%) and Wakefield (3.4%).

The TUSC national steering committee is meeting on Wednesday to discuss the results and plans for next year - the general election but also the 2015 local council elections, being fought in more seats (excluding London) than were contested this year.

A full election report will be ready for the meeting. In the meantime, the regional results reports that are complete are:

Eastern
E Midlands
Northern
Southern
Yorkshire
North West

TUSC website


Posting on 23rd May:

Election success for anti-cuts candidates

Not all the results are known yet, but TUSC has made a number of other important steps forward.
Placard in Leeds, 22.5.14, photo Tanis Belsham-Wray

Placard in Leeds, 22.5.14, photo Tanis Belsham-Wray   (Click to enlarge)

The mainstream media's reporting of the local elections has concentrated almost exclusively on the increase in Ukip's vote.

Ukip gained votes by posing as an anti-establishment party when, in reality, it has received wall-to-wall coverage in the mainstream media, and is a party led by bankers and millionaires which is to the right of the Tory Party.

Ukip stands for 77 billion 'extra' cuts on top of the misery the government is already imposing on us.

The media has largely refused to cover the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) despite it standing 560 candidates, the biggest left-of-Labour challenge in 60 years. This was the beginning of building an alternative to the parties of austerity.

TUSC candidates were anti-cuts activists, community campaigners and trade unionists. TUSC was co-founded by the late Bob Crow, and is backed by the transport workers' union - the RMT, along with other leading trade unionists and socialists.

Its candidates stood on simple demands such as:
Campaigning on Sunday 18 May  in Derby for Zbigniew Wojick, TUSC candidate for Sinfin, photo Elaine Evans

Campaigning on Sunday 18 May in Derby for Zbigniew Wojick, TUSC candidate for Sinfin, photo Elaine Evans   (Click to enlarge)

In  Leeds, photo by Tanis Belsham-Wray

In Leeds, photo by Tanis Belsham-Wray   (Click to enlarge)

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Elephant & Castle tube station, London, 22.5.14, photo by Gary Kandinsky

Elephant & Castle tube station, London, 22.5.14, photo by Gary Kandinsky   (Click to enlarge)

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