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The Socialist 5 April 2017

Resist cruel NHS cuts

The Socialist issue 943

Communities and health workers unite to...resist cruel NHS cuts

NHS SOS round-up


Fight for a socialist Brexit


Fight Tories' callous cuts pushing 200,000 more kids into poverty

Labour group to discipline councillors for resisting Haringey gentrification scheme

Gagged Jobstown defendants defiantly expose the Irish state

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Them & Us


Horrific attack on Croydon asylum seeker

Far right humiliated in London - but trade unions must organise against racism and austerity


What would a socialist food industry look like?


TUSC to challenge for the Merseyside 'metro-mayor'

NHS worker to stand for mayor of Doncaster


Walkout on three rail networks against driver-only operated trains

Ferrybridge workers protest against 'race to bottom'

Solid Picturehouse picket and protest

Bromley library workers strike against privatisation

Hackney children's inclusion unit forced to strike

Support Len McCluskey and United Left candidates before ballot closes

PCS payday protests


Homeless due to the housing crisis

Rents up 40% - can't pay, will stay!

Name and shame the worst behaviour by housing associations


Turkey: Erdogan seeks sweeping dictatorial powers in referendum

Fukushima nuclear disaster - a terrifying legacy

Justice for Yemen workers


Financial hardship facing millions of cancer sufferers

The Socialist Inbox

Courageous Ebola nurse Salomé Karwah dies

 
 
 
 
 

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TUSC to challenge for the Merseyside 'metro-mayor'

TUSC mayoral candidate Roger Bannister, photo Senan

TUSC mayoral candidate Roger Bannister, photo Senan   (Click to enlarge)

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is on the ballot paper for the inaugural election of the Liverpool City Region directly-elected mayor (the 'metro-mayor').

Roger Bannister, a member of the Unison national executive council from the formation of the public services' union in 1993 until his retirement this February, will represent TUSC's anti-austerity socialist message in the 4 May contest.

Roger was a Labour Party member from 1970 until his expulsion in 1986 for his role in the struggle of the Liverpool Labour council against Margaret Thatcher's government. He stood as the TUSC candidate for the mayor of Liverpool council in May 2016, polling 4,950 votes (5.1%), coming in ahead of the Tories.

The councils within the area the seat will cover are all solidly Labour-controlled authorities. The election will be conducted on a preference vote basis, with electors able to vote for a first and second choice candidate.

This system makes it easier for TUSC candidates to be supportive of Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity message while making sure that the Tories do not make electoral headway.

One of the most important election issues is the dispute with Merseyrail over the plan to get rid of guards on trains and introduce driver-only operation (DOO) on the new stock that will come into service during the metro-mayor's first term of office.

The Merseyrail franchise is under the control of the Merseytravel committee of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority which, as stated, is completely controlled by Labour councillors.

They could stop the introduction of DOO on Merseyrail now, striking a blow against the Tories' dangerous plans for safety on the railways, not just in Merseyside but across Britain. But, instead, the right-wing Labour councillors are pushing it through and local Labour MPs are making no protest.

Stand up

Unfortunately that includes the Labour metro-mayor candidate Steve Rotheram, MP for Liverpool Walton, despite repeated efforts by TUSC to get him to come out against DOO.

If he won't stand up to the Tories - and right-wing Labour - on such a clear question of putting public safety ahead of private profit, on what issue would he stand up to them?

Steve Rotheram voted for Andy Burnham in the 2015 leadership election although, like Burnham (but unlike others in the parliamentary Labour Party), he did not join the campaign to undermine Jeremy Corbyn, serving as his parliamentary private secretary.

That is why TUSC in Merseyside has consistently tried to open a dialogue with Steve since his selection as the metro-mayor candidate, but without success.

And then there is the issue of the cuts. The six Labour councils in the Liverpool City Region have this year agreed further budget cuts of over £90 million between them - without a word of opposition from the region's Labour MPs.

Fighting austerity and cuts - not just in words but in practice - will be central to the TUSC metro-mayor campaign.

  • Come to the pre-election public meeting on 2 May, 7.30pm, at the Liverpool Pub, 14 James Street, Liverpool L2 7PQ
  • For more information contact rogerformayor@gmail.com or check out the Facebook page at facebook.com/rogerbannisterformayor

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is an anti-austerity electoral alliance including the transport union RMT, the Socialist Party, leading members of other trade unions and non-affiliated socialists and community campaigners.


In this issue


NHS SOS

Communities and health workers unite to...resist cruel NHS cuts

NHS SOS round-up


What we think

Fight for a socialist Brexit


Socialist Party news and analysis

Fight Tories' callous cuts pushing 200,000 more kids into poverty

Labour group to discipline councillors for resisting Haringey gentrification scheme

Gagged Jobstown defendants defiantly expose the Irish state

Help fund your paper!

Them & Us


Anti-racism

Horrific attack on Croydon asylum seeker

Far right humiliated in London - but trade unions must organise against racism and austerity


Food

What would a socialist food industry look like?


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

TUSC to challenge for the Merseyside 'metro-mayor'

NHS worker to stand for mayor of Doncaster


Socialist Party workplace news

Walkout on three rail networks against driver-only operated trains

Ferrybridge workers protest against 'race to bottom'

Solid Picturehouse picket and protest

Bromley library workers strike against privatisation

Hackney children's inclusion unit forced to strike

Support Len McCluskey and United Left candidates before ballot closes

PCS payday protests


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Homeless due to the housing crisis

Rents up 40% - can't pay, will stay!

Name and shame the worst behaviour by housing associations


International socialist news and analysis

Turkey: Erdogan seeks sweeping dictatorial powers in referendum

Fukushima nuclear disaster - a terrifying legacy

Justice for Yemen workers


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Financial hardship facing millions of cancer sufferers

The Socialist Inbox

Courageous Ebola nurse Salomé Karwah dies


 

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