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Dave Nellist to Stand Against Labour in Birmingham Erdington parliamentary by-election.

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Fight congestion charge and bring in free public transport, says  ex-Coventry MP Nellist - The Coventry Observer

Already getting backing from Chris Williamson.

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) today announced that Dave Nellist is to contest the forthcoming Birmingham Erdington parliamentary by-election on behalf of the left-wing alliance. During his time as a Midlands Labour MP from 1983-1992, Dave was a backbench parliamentary colleague of Jeremy Corbyn.

The Socialist.

Accepting the TUSC nomination for the Erdington contest, Dave said: “With Sir Keir Starmer’s Labour welcoming a Tory MP into the parliamentary party last week – while confirming Jeremy Corbyn’s exclusion from the PLP at its national executive committee meeting on January 25th – it couldn’t be clearer that the interests of Britain’s wealthy establishment will be in safe hands if and when they decide to move on from Boris Johnson’s disintegrating premiership. Starmer is so obviously not on our side”.

“In contrast, I and the rest of the TUSC coalition wholeheartedly supported Jeremy’s leadership of the Labour Party as an opportunity to put someone in Number Ten who would challenge what he called the ‘rigged system’ – in other words, capitalism – that works in the interests of a rich and powerful minority”.

“So the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, co-founded in 2010 by the late transport workers’ leader Bob Crow, adjusted its electoral activity in response, not standing candidates in either the 2017 or 2019 general elections”.

They have of course stood in local elections where they have been beaten by the Monster Raving Loony Party.


With its threadbare sectarianism the Socialist Party does not list the wider make-up of this ‘left wing alliance’. Does it involve the People’s Alliance of the Left?

Here are some supporters:


“Red Tories, Blue Tories or Yellow Tories carrying out policies against the interests of the working class majority cannot expect to be unchallenged at the ballot box”.

Written by Andrew Coates

January 27, 2022 at 7:10 pm

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  1. Legendary ??? This word is way overused.


    January 27, 2022 at 8:36 pm

  2. Dave Nellist. Now there’s a trip down memory lane for me. He grew up a few years behind me in the next East Cleveland village (Brotton) to where I lived. Indeed, I enjoyed an occasional glass with his dad, Jack, in the now long gone Crown pub just over the road from their terraced house. A grammar school lad and – if truth be told – then thought a bit right wing for an ex mining village, he vanished after sixth form to Lanchester College of Technology – later Coventry Polytechnic – where he signed up to Militant. Mind, we always knew when he came back for the summer holiday, as his ‘quota’ of Militant to be sold to us locals always found its way back untouched and in bulk to the Jackson Street chippy.

    `David Walsh

    January 27, 2022 at 8:56 pm

  3. More support from anti-Labour scab groups.

    Andrew Coates

    January 27, 2022 at 10:49 pm

  4. Labour has chosen former nurse Paulette Hamilton to contest Birmingham Erdington after the death of MP Jack Dromey.

    Andrew Coates

    January 28, 2022 at 12:54 am

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