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24 February 2021

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Liverpool Unite branch supports 'no cuts' budget strategy

Roger Bannister, photo Senan

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Members of Unite Liverpool 0538 branch

On Friday 19 February, the branch meeting of Liverpool Unite union voted to refuse to endorse any of Labour's prospective Liverpool mayoral candidates. We pointed out that all the candidates - Anna Rothery, Wendy Simon, and Ann O'Byrne - have long histories of obediently implementing Tory cuts on Liverpool City Council.

The branch's decision will now be reiterated in a letter to Unite's national leadership. This letter will also note branch members' dissatisfaction with the decision of the union's national leadership to endorse the Liverpool Labour mayoral candidature of serial voter for Tory cuts, Anna Rothery, without first consulting our branch.

At the meeting we also moved a motion calling on Unite to support an alternative, legal, 'no cuts' budget for Liverpool City Council. In the subsequent debate, we defended the Socialist Party's ideas regarding the need for - and feasibility of - legally balanced 'no cuts' budgets. These ideas and arguments are so strong that even the sitting and prospective Labour councillors present chose to abstain, rather than vote against.

Despite the strength of our arguments, Labour's prospective candidates for Liverpool mayor and city councillors will almost certainly not endorse the fighting strategy laid out in our legal no-cuts budget proposal.

But there is one candidate who already has endorsed the fighting strategy - the Socialist Party's Roger Bannister - who will be standing for mayor as part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition. Unlike Labour's candidates, Roger is a determined class fighter who will do whatever is necessary to stop cuts.

Below are some key points from our legal no-cuts budget proposal for Liverpool City Council:

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