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Posted on 24 March 2020 at 11:17 GMT

Coventry Socialist Party campaigners, photo by Coventry SP

Coventry Socialist Party campaigners, photo by Coventry SP   (Click to enlarge)

Coventry socialist candidate wins votes against austerity

Coventry Socialist Party member Jane Nellist received 101 votes in Thursday's Upper Stoke byelection, in what was clearly extremely difficult circumstances. She received over 8% of the vote, a strong base to build further the resistance to austerity carried on by the Labour council in Coventry.

As expected the Labour Party retained the seat. However for socialists that is not the end of campaigning, we will continue to fight in any way we can in the interests of ordinary working people and for a socialist change of society.

We say that the Labour council simply can't carry on as it has been doing. 2,000-plus council jobs have been lost since 2010. The city is meant to be next year's city of culture yet is more like a city of homelessness, high rents and dodgy landlords, with most Sure-start, libraries and youth clubs wound down or closed.

The coronavirus pandemic is now dominating many people's thoughts and it reveals the capitalist system in crisis and its complete inability to protect ordinary people across the globe.

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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

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