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Socialists in Local Elections: TUSC Goes Ever Downwards

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Does Less Well than ‘Lambertist’ rivals.

There is a strange group in France, commonly known as the Lambertists, the  Parti ouvrier indépendant, POI,  who have been  standing in elections  for a very, very,  long time.

They get derisory votes.

But they do have a few councillors (basically the equivalent of Parish members).

In fact they got over 40 in the last municipal elections (always bearing in mind that these ‘councillors’ represent in many cases communes with three inhabitants and a cat).

TUSC (who are part of rival Trotsykist  tradition) sees to have joined this doomed path.

Great TUSC victory in Southampton

Keith Morrell has re-won his council seat Coxford, standing as part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC). Keith was previously kicked out of the Labour Party for fighting against cuts.

He has been decisively re-elected with 1,654 votes, 43%. This is a great result and vindication for his stand, alongside fellow rebel councillor Don Thomas, in opposing all cuts.

Ukip came second with 796 votes, Labour third with 724 votes, the Tories fourth with 500 votes, and Lib Dems last with 168.

The result has lit up the idea that fighting councillors can help build support for a real alternative to austerity. It is in sharp contrast to the close shave for Labour council leader Simon Letts who nearly lost his seat to Ukip after two years of implementing Tory cuts.

The devil is in the detail as they admit from the figures for 100 candidates they got a round total of ….

 50,000 votes.

Do the maths baby.

Written by Andrew Coates

May 25, 2014 at 10:39 am

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  1. Since Keith Morrell was on the ballot paper as an Independent (and was a sitting councillor so already known) he cannot really be counted as a TUSC “victory”,

    Btw, Steve Hedley got 305 votes in Newham, second from bottom

    Howard Fuller

    May 25, 2014 at 10:47 am

  2. We also await the No3EU Yes to (er what?) results tonight with eager anticipation.

    Andrew Coates

    May 25, 2014 at 3:06 pm

  3. The point made is correct, save I’m not sure there was ever up an ‘up’ from which to go down.

    TUSC (Socialist Party) worked very hard in the Mayoral election in Newham and made points that would resonate with all in this solidly working class area – build council houses, no to the Mayor’s £80K salary, etc. There were also TUSC candidates for council seats.

    Yet Labour won all the council seats and the Labour Mayor got 61% of first preference votes. TUSC got 2% of first preferences for Mayor and similar for council candidates.

    There must also be a certain percentage vote obtained from the ‘left my glasses at home, didn’t know who I voted for!’ group. It’s possible that some TUSC and Left Unity candidates got all their votes through mistakes. Also groups like the Socialist Labour Party can get similar votes but do no work, just stand. It is very grim.

    But what’s the alternative? Vote for the scum Labour Party. It’s the exTrots I’d shoot first.

    I think the only hope is major war – the great shaker-up of stasis. Let millions die so billions may live.

  4. Howard Fuller – You don’t need to stand as TUSC to be part of TUSC – you are free to stand under any electoral description, as long as you agree with TUSC’s core policies. Keith Morrell stood on TUSC’s electoral platform, but as an Independent. Thus, Left Unity, for example, could stand candidates under their own banner, and deliver their own material, but still be part of TUSC. http://www.tusc.org.uk/16950/26-03-2014/an-appeal-to-anti-austerity-campaigners-help-us-build-the-most-effective-possible-local-elections-challenge

    Walton Andrew

    July 22, 2014 at 10:26 am

  5. Howard Fuller – you are free to stand under any electoral label as part of the TUSC coalition (the clue is in the name), as long as you agree with TUSC’s core policies. So . . . a left Independent, Left Unity candidate, or Green Left candidate for example, could stand, give out their own electoral material, remain a member of their own party and still be part of TUSC – it is an attempt to bring the left together, to agree where we agree, and disagree where we disagree, but present the widest possible electoral challenge, avoiding clashes with other left candidates. In my view, TUSC is the best chance we have of developing a new mass workers’ party, and its chances can only increase, with future disillusionment in New Labour, IF Labour get elected in 2015.

    Walton Andrew

    July 22, 2014 at 10:33 am


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