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24 March 2021

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Why I am standing for TUSC

Working-class people need a voice in the council chamber

Birmingham bin workers on strike, supported by the Socialist newspaper, photo Corinthia Ward

Birmingham bin workers on strike, supported by the Socialist newspaper, photo Corinthia Ward   (Click to enlarge)

Eamonn Flynn, Birmingham South East Socialist Party

Working-class people need a voice in the council chamber. When the Labour Party was formed a hundred years ago, it did that job. It pulled together workers and fighting trade unionists, and gave them a voice. Not only a candidate to vote for at election time, but a movement to fight in their interests all year around.

For far too long now, the Labour Party and its candidates in council and parliamentary elections have failed to do this. In Birmingham, I have listened to councillors telling the public that there is nothing they can do to oppose cuts in council services and jobs. I would just like to see them try, as Labour councillors in the past did in Liverpool and Poplar.

If our existing councillors are not prepared to defend communities, they must step down and make way for someone that will. I think that if councillors took a stand and built a campaign to demand the funding required from the government to meet the needs of their communities, workers would stand with them in that fight, and that fight could be won.

That is why I will be standing as a TUSC candidate in May.

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In The Socialist 24 March 2021:


Protest

Protesting is not a crime

Defying the anti-protest restrictions

Police attempt to silence mothers

Police invade student homes


NHS

NHS pay: 15% now

Fighting NHS privatisation

Haringey: Hands off our GP practices


Elections

Battle for a fighting, anti-austerity Liverpool mayor

Why I am standing for TUSC

Help fund the Socialist Party's stand as part of TUSC


Fighting Sexual Harassment

Fighting sexual harassment and gender violence on campus

Justice for Blessing Olusegun

Film Review: Moxie


Paris Commune 150 Years

150th anniversary of the Paris Commune


2011 Pensions Strike

Lessons of the 2011 pensions strike: when workers showed their power


Workplace News

PCS elections: increased support for Broad Left Network

Engineering workers strike against 'fire and rehire' in Leicester

'Sleep-ins' ruling must lead to a huge campaign for social care workers' rights

Shrewsbury Pickets win: Convictions overturned

Sparks continue protests against deskilling

Beal High school strike as management refuse to negotiate over fair sick pay scheme

Preparing to organise workers in Enfield

Support victimised bus driver reps and Socialist Party members Declan and Moe

Goodlord workers continue all-out strike


Campaigns

Save John Carroll - fight is far from over!

Stop evictions and drop the debts

Online meeting - Ending violence against women, the socialist approach

Socialist Party regional conferences meet online


Readers' Opinion

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Related links:

TUSC:

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triangleWaltham Forest byelections: Council homes not unaffordable flats

triangleTUSC is back

triangleScotland: Pro-independence majority in highly polarised election

triangleWelsh Labour holds on to government but new crises loom

Working-class:

triangleCapitalist sleaze and cronyism

triangleNo trust in billionaire owners - kick them out and reclaim the game

triangle1920s-30s Britain: A working-class movement fighting unemployment and capitalism

triangleTUSC: Launching a working-class electoral alternative in London

Council:

triangleBirmingham Clean Air Zone a tax on the poor

triangleNorth London Socialist Party: How can a party for the working class be built?

triangleRight lose control in national executive council election

Councillors:

triangleCouncillors have a choice - don't vote for cuts

triangleSave John Carroll - fight is far from over!

Labour:

triangleUnite general secretary contest: Vote for Sharon Graham

Birmingham:

triangleDea-John Reid murder: Jobs, homes and services, not racism

Election:

triangleLeft candidate needed for Unite general secretary election

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