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I am attending the TUSC local elections conference to support the decision to once again stand candidates under the TUSC banner. Since the Labour Party has come under the leadership and influence of Starmer and his ilk, it has moved further and further away from socialist ideas, supporting trade unions, and being a party that will fight for the working class.
I believe we need an alternative to the established political parties, but especially to the current Labour Party. We need a working-class socialist alternative, with its roots in the local communities, to get behind and campaign for. I believe TUSC is the best vehicle for this at this time, and will do whatever I can to help to get as many TUSC councillors elected locally.
I am interested in standing in the election as a TUSC candidate because we are in desperate need of change. The mainstream parties are not interested in the working class, and we need an alternative, a party that stands for the workers and is united in its plans for change.
We must make people see that the only solution is to listen to the working class, and unite behind a common goal for better pay and living conditions. The other parties have had their chance and failed miserably. We need change and we need it now.
I'm excited about the TUSC conference. I want to be part of building the sincere voice for workers that Labour has failed to be.
Corbyn showed that socialist ideas are popular. But he was constantly undermined by the likes of Coventry's Labour council, which passed disgraceful cuts and closures with no attempt at opposition.
And now, Starmer's Labour won't even commit to a 40-hour working week. So many workers, including some Napo members, exhaust themselves working well over 40 hours. Starmer's gang shows them utter disrespect and contempt by ripping apart the policies that would improve so many lives, and suspending anyone on the left who speaks out.
Workers deserve a real platform for anti-austerity and socialist politics; on Sunday 7 February, TUSC will help build that platform.
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Article dated 3 February 2021
The Socialist, weekly newspaper of the Socialist Party
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