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TUSC Bids to Become Official ‘Leave’ (Brexit) Campaign.

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TUSC to Campaign against this Policy.

The Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) supported the Socialist Party and other small left groups has joined Kate Hoey (Labour) and George Galloway (George Galloway Party) in the campaign to vote ‘Leave’ in the coming Referendum.

The BBC reports

The Trade Union and Socialist Coalition has launched a bid to be designated as the official campaign to get Britain out of the European Union.

And it is threatening legal action if either Vote Leave or Grassroots Out are chosen instead.

The party says neither group can speak for anti-austerity campaigners who want to leave the EU, due to their “pro-business” and “reactionary” views.

A decision will be made by the Electoral Commission on 14 April.

The Commission can select one designated lead campaign for both the “Leave” and “Remain” sides ahead of the referendum on EU membership on 23 June.

The watchdog will judge each applicant’s merits on the basis of a range of criteria, such as level of cross-party support, campaign tactics and organisational capacity.

The chosen campaigns will get access to a grant of up to £600,000, an overall spending limit of £7m, campaign broadcasts, free mailshots and free access to meeting rooms.

On the Leave side, it had been expected to be a straight fight between two groups – Vote Leave, which is backed by London Mayor Boris Johnson, cabinet ministers including Michael Gove, UKIP MP Douglas Carswell – and Grassroots Out, which is supported by Tory MPs Peter Bone and Tom Pursglove, UKIP leader Nigel Farage and Labour MP Kate Hoey among others.

The RMT is funding this campaign against the Labour Party leader’s policy of staying within the European Union.

Rail union the RMT, which is not affiliated to Labour and which has funded its own anti-EU party in the past, is bankrolling the TUSC bid to for official designation.

Mr Heemskerk said other unions were considering their stance and Unison, on whose executive committee TUSC has strong representation, could support its call to not cooperate with the Leave campaign.

Asked whether TUSC had the organisational capacity to run a referendum campaign, he said it put up more than 130 candidates at last year’s general election and joked that the RMT had shown itself able to “bring London to a standstill” in past Tube strike action.

He also warned the party would not rule anything out if “its arguments were not listened to”.

“If we don’t get a meeting with the Electoral Commission, then there is a strong case for a judicial review.”

The Socialist Party caused controversy when its leader, Peter Taaffe, put forward  in 2015 this view the European Union’s free movement of labour (the Socialist),

The alleged benefits of the ‘free movement of labour’ are in reality a device for the bosses to exploit a vast pool of cheap labour, which can then be used to cut overall wage levels and living standards.

Last year the Socialist party was cock-o-hoop about Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader.

The same Taaff wrote (October 2015),

A political earthquake

Jeremy Corbyn’s victory is a political earthquake that transforms the situation in Britain and poses stark questions for how a new mass socialist force can be built. Peter Taaffe writes.

Jeremy Corbyn achieved a spectacular victory in the Labourleadership election with 59% of the total vote, scoring an unprecedented quarter of a million votes, including nearly 50% of full Labour Party members and a magnificent 84% of the £3 registered supporters.

This election was a victory for the left, anti-austerity campaign and for working people generally…

This year TUSC  is standing a long list of candidates against Jeremy Corbyn’s  Labour Party in the May elections:

Candidates agreed to April 4th TUSC candidates in May’s council elections Below is the list of Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidates approved so far by the TUSC national steering committee to stand in the local elections taking place on May 5th.

Whether the RMT is reconsidering re-affiliating to the Labour Party or not, this funding for their anti-Europe campaign is bound to be controversial.

Written by Andrew Coates

April 5, 2016 at 3:36 pm

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