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From The Socialist newspaper, 30 April 2015

Anti-cuts councillor set to defend seat

Don Thomas

Don Thomas   (Click to enlarge)

Nick Chaffey

This election campaign has shown the rising tide of anti-austerity anger at Westminster politicians and the cuts agenda.

Protests in Southampton against library cuts and benefit sanctions have had large turnouts. Our street stalls have met enthusiastic support for campaigns to save Woodside Lodge care home and the Bitterne NHS walk-in centre.

Hustings give a glimpse of the battles to come. Under the pressure of an angry electorate, Tory and Labour candidates give false promises to provide 'milk and honey' to the NHS. Meanwhile, they are preparing a 30 billion slaughterhouse cuts programme.

Left

The electorate is way to the left of the austerity consensus. In Southampton, TUSC councillors Don Thomas (pictured above) and Keith Morrell have given a courageous lead: voting to oppose all cuts. By building a united campaign with council trade unions and the community, they fought successfully to save Oaklands swimming pool.

Keith was re-elected last year with 43% of the vote. This year, Don is standing for re-election on his record as an anti-cuts councillor. TUSC and Don support all those in the city who are fighting the cuts and maintaining a working class voice in the council chamber.

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Why the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition?

Why I'm standing

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Pop star and activist Jawad Ahmad backs TUSC

Why many class fighters won't vote Labour


Socialist Party workplace news

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Glasgow homelessness caseworkers' strike

MoD IT workers demand decent pay

Bromley workers escalate strikes

Bradford bus drivers strike against job losses

Wales: Hundreds protest cuts to adult education

Barking bin workers walkout over pay cuts


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