spotInternational figures

spotLabour Party figures

spotLefts

spotMiscellaneous

spotNationalists

spotOther UK politicans

spotSocialist Party and CWI public figures

spotTory figures

spotTrade union figures

spotTransport

spotWriters and artists


All keywords


Writers and artists keywords:

Arundhati Roy (3)

Bob Marley (1)

Boris Pilnyak (2)

Charles Dickens (4)

Fela Kuti (1)

George Orwell (4)

Gore Vidal (2)

Isaac Babel (2)

Jack Shepherd (1)

Ken Loach (22)

Mark Steel (5)

Marlon Brando (1)

Michael Moore (10)

Paul Robeson (2)

Piketty (2)

Richard Dawkins (3)

Robert Tressell (6)

Rory Bremner (3)

Russell Brand (14)

Thomas Paine (1)

Upton Sinclair (3)

Woody Guthrie (1)

Zola (2)

Writers and artists


Highlight keywords  |Print this articlePrint this article
From: The Socialist issue 624, 12 May 2010: MPs and party leaders haggle over their jobs... preparing to cut ours!

Search site for keywords: Stoke - Labour - BNP - Council - Ken Loach

Anti-Tory mood dominated in Stoke

"Tonight I thought I was coming to an academic debate about the miners' strike. I didn't realise the burning hatred that is still felt in this area for what Thatcher and the Tories did". These were the words of film director Ken Loach, speaking at a recent public debate in Stoke-on-Trent.

Andy Bentley, Stoke Socialist Party

This 'burning hatred' led to the re-election of all three Labour MPs across the city, albeit with reduced majorities. Labour also regained 17 seats on the city council and is the largest party once again. This was even after a Blairite New Labour parliamentary candidate was effectively imposed, causing an even further fracturing of the Labour Party.

The far-right racist British National Party (BNP) stood candidates in all three parliamentary seats. However, the mobilisation of the anti-Tory vote (benefitting Labour), supplemented by anti-BNP votes going to Labour, was sufficient on this occasion to see off the challenge of their deputy leader Simon Darby and others.

The BNP also lost two council seats. However, they received significant votes where they stood (a total of 4,770 in just six seats), showing that, unless an effective political alternative is built, there is the possibility of the far right regaining lost ground in the future.

Despite our modest result of 133 votes for TUSC, where we had the opportunity to explain our ideas, on campaigning stalls, at a series of public events and on the doorstep, we had a very good response.

Axiom Rail workers, civil servants, postal workers, staff at Regent College and others gave out our leaflets in their workplaces. More than 3,500 people signed our "workers' MPs on a worker's wage" petition.

One comment on a local website said: "He [TUSC candidate Matt Wright] would have my support if I lived there. The fact is that he has established himself as by far the most pro-worker candidate in the seat... all my friends and family in the area will be voting for you. You should get someone to stand against Whalley [Joan Whalley, Stoke North] so the workers can have a choice at this end."







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: 0191 421 6230

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


February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999