Archive article from The Socialist Issue 438
Socialist Party members’ election successes
Press statement from the Socialist Party
For immediate use: 5 May 2006
Further information contact Ken Smith on 020 8988 8778
Socialist Party members – standing as Socialist Alternative candidates and on behalf of Save Huddersfield’s NHS campaign - scored outstanding successes in the local elections.
The election Dr Jackie Grunsell, standing as a Save Huddersfield’s NHS candidate, represents the local government equivalent of the election of the Wyre Valley MP in 2001 who stood against hospital closures in Kidderminster.
Jackie received 2,176 votes, a majority of over 700, on a turnout of over 49%.
Jackie’s victory comes in the aftermath of months of campaigning in the Huddersfield and Kirklees area against threatened hospital cutbacks and closures, where two major demonstrations mobilised thousands on the streets.
The campaign also squeezed out the BNP vote in an area where they were otherwise making some headway.
As well as Jackie, three other Socialist Party members were elected as councilors – Ian Page and Chris Flood in Lewisham Telegraph Hill and Rob Windsor in Coventry St Michael’s.
The Socialist Party now has seven members who are councilors in London, Yorkshire and the West Midlands.
Additionally, many other Socialist Party candidates scored creditable improvements on previous results and saw a consolidation of the party’s support in Coventry and Lewisham.
Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe said today:
Excellent results for the Socialist Party
THE SOCIALIST Party secured some excellent results in the local elections around the country.
Councillors Ian Page and Chris Flood were re-elected in Lewisham, south London with increased votes. Rob Windsor rejoined Socialist Party councillors Dave Nellist and Karen Mackay on Coventry City Council.
Standing for the first time in Lewisham Telegraph Hill, Jess Leech won 27.5% of the vote while Paul Sutton in Stoke Abbey Green and Josie Kenny in Henley, Coventry won 17%.
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