Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/532/4069

From The Socialist newspaper, 7 May 2008

Coventry: Socialist election success shows the way forward

Dave Nellist, Coventry Socialist Pary councillor, photo Paul Mattsson

Dave Nellist, Coventry Socialist Pary councillor, photo Paul Mattsson

ESTABLISHMENT POLITICIANS are so unpopular that in last week's council elections every party tried to pose as the opposition whether they ran the council or not!

Dave Griffiths, Coventry Socialist Party

No wonder many voters around the country are confused. Election eve saw Labour defending the mega-profits of oil monopolies and the Tories saying they'll help the poor and the wealth gap is too extreme!

Many voters switch off, as they see politicians saying one thing and doing another. Implementing cuts and calling them 'reforms', sacking people and calling it 'an opportunity'...

While all the main parties support the capitalist profit system, the lack of a party to fight for working people's interests has meant that many are disinterested and disillusioned in politics.

However, here in Coventry there is strong support for the Socialist Party. Our candidate Dave Nellist retained his seat in St Michael's ward with an increased majority, beating Labour and the Tories.

This result has been earned from years of campaigning work. Many support us out of political principle, many because of the work we've done. Many because they knew Dave would make the interests of all workers his priority and give people representation.

Labour and Tories cut services and increase charges, while socialists oppose them and stand up for working people. Workers are tired of Labour, Lib Dems and the Tories saying one thing but doing another. If there was a significant party prepared to stand up for ordinary people nationally, it would be gathering much support, and socialists will rededicate their efforts to help bring such a party about.

Result: 2008 election, St Michael's Ward, Coventry
Socialist Alternative (Nellist) 1,643 (elected)
Lab 1,336
Tory 399

Socialist fighter re-elected

MY PHONE rang all day as local people tried to find out if Dave Nellist had held his council seat. (Because of delays in counting the postal votes, the results didn't appear in the next day's newspapers).

The independent socialist voice of two Socialist Party councillors in the city council was alive and would continue to be there for the working people of Coventry.

The council elections saw Tory gains across England and Wales. This has already happened in Coventry which had long been a test-bed for New Labour policies.

Ten years ago Labour held 51 seats to the Tories three. In 1998, socialists won a seat in St Michael's Ward. Tired of being taken for granted, workers there gave Labour the boot and returned Dave Nellist. To the surprise of many, we went on to win all three seats in the ward. We were able to expose New Labour's school closure programme and their 'single status' pay cutting measures.

As Labour's position declined, the Tories gained support. They now run the council with Labour in opposition. Labour say one thing yet do another. They claim to oppose post office closures locally while voting for them in parliament. They want workers' votes but raise taxes for the lower paid.

Lacking political support, Labour sought to rebuild their vote in St Michael's by exerting huge pressure on Bangladeshi and Muslim voters to support the Bangladeshi Labour candidate.

Many Bangladeshi voters were furious about New Labour's tactics saying: "We don't agree with voting on the basis of religion" and "Dave Nellist is principled, he opposed the war in Iraq, not like Labour".

Their tactic did increase their vote, but it didn't work. Instead, a marvellous response from working people from all backgrounds, to defend a socialist who stood up for all, saw the Socialist Party increase its vote by over 500.

The tremendous energy our teams of campaigners showed on election day was a triumph of human effort against the political establishment machine. Above all, the response of local voters shows that a socialist alternative can be built.

Dave Griffiths

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


In The Socialist 7 May 2008:

Coventry: Socialist election success shows the way forward

Meltdown for Brown - but he won't change course

Elections round-up and results

Election victories for class fighters

Racist BNP have no solutions!


Socialist Party news and analysis

Grangemouth refinery: Oil strike wins concessions

May Day marches

Defend abortion rights

TUC attacks Labour on working poverty

Bangor Socialist Students fight tuition fees

Obituary: Ray Apps

Album review: The Bright Lights of America


Socialist Party Marxist analysis

France 1968: Capitalism brought to its knees

How workers and youth are building a Left alternative in France

Sri Lanka: 25 years of war and conflict


May Day Greetings

May Day Greetings 2008 in The Socialist (p4)

May Day Greetings 2008, The Socialist (p6)

May Day Greetings 2008, The Socialist (p7)

May Day Greetings 2008, The Socialist (p9)

May Day Greetings 2008, The Socialist (p10)

May Day Greetings 2008, The Socialist (p11)

May Day Greetings 2008, The Socialist (p15)


Socialist Party workplace news

Unison witch-hunt: Defend the four, come to the lobby!

Mark Thomas condemns witch-hunt

'Raising the roof' at Usdaw conference

Support Shelter workers

National Shop Stewards Network second conference

Come to the 2008 Campaign for a New Workers' Party conference


 

Home   |   The Socialist 7 May 2008   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Coventry:

triangleCoventry TUSC: Council cuts - how can we fight back?

triangleCoventry solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza

triangleContinuing the fighting tradition of working class women

triangleJapan - toxic legacy of the Fukushima disaster

triangleCoventry shows solidarity with the Syrian people

Socialist:

triangle'Vote Leave' fined: For a workers' Brexit

triangle250,000-strong human tide sweeps London against visit of bigoted billionaire Donald Trump

triangleCardiff Central Socialist Party: Is China capitalist?

triangleCaerphilly Socialist Party: Is human nature greedy?

Election:

triangleTory crisis deepens - demand a general election now!

triangleCardiff West Socialist Party: Tories in Crisis - Force a General Election!

triangleTories fractured... election possibility... give us the resources!

Socialist Alternative:

triangleUS: "We've had to build a huge culture of resistance"

triangleSeattle council repeals Amazon Tax

Labour:

triangleUnite conference sees union go in a fighting, socialist direction

Dave Nellist:

triangleSocialists defend Lush ad campaign against spy cops

Socialist Party:

triangleCardiff Central Socialist Party: Why capitalism cannot be reformed into something 'nicer'

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

17/7/18

Swansea

Victory for Swansea postal workers against management victimisation

16/7/18

Far-right

Confronting the FLA pro-Trump demo - build a workers movement to defeat the far-right

13/7/18

Socialist Students

School students protest and walk out against Trump

11/7/18

National Shop Stewards Network

NSSN conference 2018: Mood for fighting action and coordination

11/7/18

Donald Trump

Hit the streets against Trump and capitalism

11/7/18

The Socialist

Issue 1000 drive shows sales potential

11/7/18

Fighting Fund

Tories fractured... election possibility... give us the resources!

11/7/18

NHS

Yes to NHS - No to PFI!

11/7/18

Leeds

NHS Leeds: Campaigners halt outsourcing... for now

11/7/18

Domestic violence

Women's Lives Matter launched in Leeds to fight domestic violence service cuts

11/7/18

Unite

Unite conference sees union go in a fighting, socialist direction

11/7/18

Tyneside

Tyneside shopfitting plant lays off 61 workers

11/7/18

Huddersfield

Summer of discontent on the cards in Huddersfield bin workers' dispute

11/7/18

Hackney

Hackney traffic wardens strike for better pay and protection at work

11/7/18

PCS

Campaign in full flow to squeeze out every last Yes vote in pay ballot

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

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

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: 0784 114 4890

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

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999