Wide screen devices may view this page better by clicking here

Election campaigns :: TUSC



spotArguments for socialism




spotAround the UK

All keywords

All Campaigns subcategories:






Black and Asian



Corporate crime



* Election campaigns





Gender Recognition Act

Health and safety

Health and welfare


Human Rights

LGBT Pride

Local government

Local services

Low pay



New workers party



Post Office



Public Services




Stop the slaughter of Tamils


The state



Welfare rights


Workplace and TU campaigns



Highlight keywords  |Print this articlePrint this article
From: Socialist Party docs Perspectives for Britain 2017, 17 March 2017: Party document dated 17/03/2017

Search site for keywords: Socialist Party - Labour - TUSC - Cuts - Jeremy Corbyn

Socialist Party's role

44. It is our role to fight for every step forward for the workers' movement. The battle inside the Labour Party is one front in the struggle, but it is not the only or ultimately the most important one. The outcome of the fight against the Blairites inside the Labour Party is not only dependent on what takes place within the Labour Party's structures but also by the broader class struggle; battles which we are involved in to defend workers' living standards, prevent evictions - as in the magnificent struggle of the Butterfields tenants - and oppose council cuts.

45. Over recent years we have played an important role in the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) alongside the RMT and others in building electoral opposition to cuts. Clearly, the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader has changed the role of TUSC, but it has not - at this stage - made it less important. In the May 2016 local elections the TUSC steering committee agreed to authorise candidates only in seats where the Labour candidate had made clear that they did not support Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity stance and would carry out cuts at local level. After Corbyn's second landslide victory, in September 2016 the Socialist Party proposed to the TUSC steering committee that TUSC 'make no further preparations for contesting the May 2017 elections in England and Wales pending discussions with Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters on the new possibilities opening up following his re-election victory'. However, given the retreats by Corbyn since his re-election and the lack of a strategy within Labour to oppose what are huge local council cuts, it is important that TUSC gives a voice to anti-austerity candidates in the local elections, standing against clearly pro-cuts Labour councillors. To do so would win support from the most militant and determined of those that have joined Labour in order to help create a genuinely anti-austerity party.

46. Over the last year we have orientated skilfully towards the fresh layers of workers and young people who have been enthused by Jeremy Corbyn's victory. As a result we are extremely well-placed to take advantage of events that will develop in 2017. We may have opportunities to take dramatic qualitative and quantitative steps forward. If so we must grasp them wholeheartedly. Whatever happens it is clear that there are already increased opportunities to build the Socialist Party, particularly amongst young people. We need to turn with iron determination to transform our increased authority among growing layers of the working class into increased membership; driving to 2,500 members and beyond.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.

We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to click here to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation


Your message: 


Election campaigns keywords:

Candidates (87)

Council elections (55)

Councillors (420)

Election (1347)

Elections (554)

Elections 2015 (3)

General election (257)

No2EU (83)

TUSC (1100)

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (547)

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Article dated 17 March 2017

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party


Pay in Fighting Fund

Pay in paper and book sales


Bulk book orders

New member submission


triangle28 Feb Socialist Students conference

triangle2 Mar Bristol North Socialist Party: The National Question - Scotland, Wales & N Ireland

triangle2 Mar Caerphilly & RCT Socialist Party: How can peace be achieved in Israel/Palestine?


The Socialist, weekly newspaper of the Socialist Party


What we think


Lessons from history

Workplace news


Campaigns news

LGBT+ history month

International news

Readers' opinion

Subscribespacer|spacerebook / Kindlespacer|spacerPDF versionspacer|spacerText / Printspacer|spacer1122 onlinespacer|spacerBack issuesspacer|spacer Audio files

Leicester picket on the 21st strike day (22nd Feb) of around 7,000 British Gas engineers.  They are fighting against

Leicester picket on the 21st strike day (22nd Feb) of around 7,000 British Gas engineers. They are fighting against 'fire and rehire' - designed to worsen terms and conditions. Photo by Steve Score, Leicester Socialist Party

What We Stand For
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Platform setting: =

Desktop version