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Election appeal 2015
Donate to fight the 'grand coalition'
"Good luck to all TUSC candidates, on to a better future" said Marcus Edwards from Llanelli, posting £50 to the Socialist Party Election Appeal. What a contrast with Gisela Stuart, Labour MP for Edgbaston, who instead of straining every nerve to stop the Tories, has floated the idea of Labour joining a 'grand coalition' with them after the election.
Increasingly people are asking: 'What's the point of Labour?' Set up to be the political voice for the working class and trade unions, Labour has lost touch with ordinary people. The reason that the idea of a 'grand coalition' can even be raised is that the main parties all fundamentally fight for the same thing - making us pay for the bankers' crisis with our jobs and services. Increasingly Labour councillors who want to stand up against the cuts are being forced out of the party. Some have joined TUSC.
Just like the founders of the Labour Party, who stood up to the Liberals and declared the need for a working class force, we need to found a new workers' party that sees its job as representing the 99%, not governing to make Britain safe for the banks.
The TUSC election challenge this May is the best answer to all the Gisela Stuarts - Labour won't represent us, so we will build our own alternative.
Thanks to all who have donated so far, including Ron Phillips, who has paid the first instalment of his £250 pledge, Trevor Palmer towards his pledge of £300, Mark Andrews towards his pledge of £75, Claire Wren towards her pledge of £50 and a Coventry Unison member who has finished paying a pledge of £110. Also Ronnie and Claire Job (£100), Bill Murray (£100), Bryan and Barbara from Hatfield (£700), and Judy Griffiths (£100).
You can donate on www.socialistparty.org.uk/donate, phone 020 8988 8777 to make a card payment, or post a cheque made out to "Socialist Party" to PO Box 24697, London E11 1YD. Please mark your donation "election appeal 2015".
In The Socialist 4 March 2015:
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