Anti-Cuts candidates in Portsmouth, Southampton and Winchester have come together as part of the largest electoral challenge against the government’s austerity agenda to date. The 22 candidates, from a range of trade unions and community anti-cuts groups, will be standing under the banner of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC).
TUSC is a broad coalition of trade unionists, socialists and anti-cuts campaigners who recognise that the Labour Party no longer represents working people, and are actively building an alternative which will fight for working families, students and pensioners.
In Portsmouth candidates include Mick Tosh, President of the city’s Trades Council, who is standing in Copnor, as well as John Pickett and Frances Pilling who are building upon their 2011 campaigns by standing in Fratton and Central Southsea.
Billy Perry, a criminology student at Portsmouth University standing in St Thomas ward said: “I am standing to give people a choice to oppose the cuts which all three major parties support. I believe that young people in Portsmouth are not properly represented, despite being heavily impacted by the current economic situation, tuition fee rises and cuts being imposed.”
In Southampton candidates include former Labour councillor Perry McMillan in Bitterne and Nick Chaffey in Bitterne Park.
“In Southampton Labour’s council budget shows they are no alternative to the Tories as they seek to carry out £34 million cuts of their own,” said Nick Chaffey.
All TUSC candidates pledge to:
• Oppose all cuts to council jobs, services, pay and conditions
• Reject increases in council tax, rent and service charges to compensate for government cuts.
• Vote against the privatisation of council jobs and services,
• Campaign for councils facing government cuts to use their reserves in the short term, while setting a budget that meets the needs of the local community. This would include job creation projects and the reinstatement of the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)
For more information on the campaigns contact Ben Norman at Ben.email@example.com or 07889 022 879
Full List of Candidates:
COPNOR – Mick Tosh (RMT)
FRATTON – John Pickett (CWU)
CENTRAL SOUTHSEA – Frances Pilling
EASTNEY AND CRANSEWATER – Ben Norman (UNITE)
CHARLES DICKENS – Aron Fielder (PCS)
ST JUDE – Andy Waterman (RMT)
ST THOMAS – Billy Perry (Portsmouth Students’ Union)
COSHAM – Simon Wade
ST JOHNS – Adele Guntrip
BASSETT – Neil Kelly
BARGATE – Sharon Cutler
BEVOIS – Andrew Howe
BITTERNE – Perry McMillan
BITTERNE PARK – Nick Chaffey
COXFORD – Tim Cutter
HAREFIELD – Graham O’Reilly
PEARTREE – Josh Asker
PORTSWOOD – David Rawlinson
REDBRIDGE – Pete Wyatt
SHIRLEY – Mike King
SWAYTHLING – Kev Hayes
WOOLSTON – Gavin Marsh
Formed in 2010 the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition brings together trade union members, anti-cuts activists and socialists looking to build the movement against austerity and create a new party for working people. TUSC is backed by the Railway and Maritime union (RMT) as well as prominent union leaders, representatives and members ranging from the Fire Brigade Union (FBU) to the Prison Officers Association (POA).
While TUSC candidates will be standing across the country the most prominent campaigns will be in London, where candidates including Alex Gordon, President of the RMT, are standing in assembly elections; and Liverpool where former Militant councillor Tony Mulhearn is standing for Mayor.
More information can be found: http://www.tusc.org.uk/