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TUSC (Trade Union and Socialist coalition) stands prospective council and parliamentary candidates in Manchester as part of the biggest left of labour challenge in 50 years.
The Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) will be launching its election campaign across Manchester on Tuesday 24th Feb, with a press launch 5-6pm in the Methodist Central Hall, on Oldham street in the city centre followed by a public meeting of supporters 6-8pm same venue.
In the coming general and council elections, TUSC intends to stand nationally over 100 MP candidates and 1000 council candidates in the biggest left of Labour challenge for 50 years. In Manchester, prospective parliamentary candidates will be making a challenge for both the Manchester Central and Gorton parliamentary seats, as well as contesting council seats in every ward in the city and many more across greater Manchester.
Prospective parliamentary candidate for Manchester Central constituency, trade unionist Alex Davidson who works in the city centre stated that:
‘I will be running for TUSC this May to oppose the attacks on the people of Manchester made by this council and this government. The bankers who caused this crisis continue to get away scot-free as we see at HSBC – we say austerity must stop, and make the bankers pay for their crisis!’
TUSC represents a real and direct challenge to the politics of the establishment parties; we refuse to recognise austerity and cuts as part-and-parcel of life in modern Britain, and do not accept the scapegoating used by the establishment to place the blame onto the sections of British society that suffer the most from their attacks.
Bridget Russell prospective council candidate for the Central Manchester ward and student at MMU had this to say on why she is standing for TUSC:
‘For too long this government and many before it have attacked the most vulnerable in society: the disabled, women, minorities and those on benefits; blaming them for the problems in British society. I say to them: we did not cause this crisis, and we will not pay for it’.
Manchester City Council has carried out equally as many cuts to public services as the most committed of Tory-led councils, and if re-elected it plans to continue with austerity for years to come: in Manchester a vote for labour is no different to a vote for the Tories.
TUSC opposes all cuts to public services and is disgusted at labour’s callous attitude towards the wholesale impoverishment of entire communities. We need a party for the millions, not for the millionaires
TUSC is putting out a call to all trade unionists, activists and everyone who is dissatisfied with establishment politics, cuts and attacks on working people to support them in the up-coming general and council elections by joining us in launching our campaign.
Notes to editors
1. TUSC will be holding its Election campaign launch on Tuesday 24th Feb with a press conference 5-6pm in the Lounge room of the Methodist Central Hall, Oldham Street. (M1 1JQ) and a public meeting of supporters 6-8pm same venue.
3. John Neill local TUSC prospective candidate for Ardwick ward and TUSC organiser can be contacted to arrange interviews with prospective candidates at firstname.lastname@example.org