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Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), 32 Votes in Rotherham (but beat the Lib-Dems…).

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32 Votes in Rotherham.

TUSC is, it says on their site “a coalition for the millions not millionaires”. The Trade Union and Socialist Coalition stands in elections, “offering the opportunity to trade unionists, community campaigners, socialists and others, to stand candidates under a common anti-austerity banner distinct from the mainstream, capitalist establishment politicians.”

At present TUSC is essentially a coalition between the Socialist Party (ex-Miitant) and itself, with formal support from the  National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT). What the present day RMT backing amounts to, given that the only easily accessible material from them calling for a TUSC vote dates from before the election of Jeremy Corbyn to lead the Labour Party, is a matter of speculation. The union’s public Net material does indicate any campaigning for TUSC. At all.

TUSC has attempted to broaden its basis. There is also some kind of alliance with Chris Williamson and his micro-party Resist. These TUSC allies, who have voted to register with the Electoral Commission, came the fore recently in reports that they had officially been at meetings of George Galloway’s Workers Party of Britain, and a Rally by the WPB in Birmingham also attended by the former MP expelled from Labour after rows about anti-Semitism. There are efforts to get other confetti from the world of small left parties and breakaways from Labour into the TUSC fold.

It seems that this has developed as part of their latest campaign for “People’s Budget’s”. This idea is to draw a wish-list of what a local Council should spend, money no object, “based on the needs of local communities.” The latest Socialist carries these reports,

Birmingham People’s Budget

Birmingham TUSC hosted an initial forum to discuss the pressing issues facing working-class communities in Birmingham on 27 November. The meeting looked at what steps could be taken by Birmingham City Council, and how to campaign for the necessary funding from central government to carry them out.

In attendance were members of ten trade union branches, including RMT, Unite, ASLEF, CWU and UCU, the chair of the Birmingham branch of Acorn tenants’ union and the local coordinators of TUSC and the Workers Party of Britain. Save Our Schools West Midlands also sent a written submission.

Southampton People’s Budget

Southampton TUSC hosted a People’s Budget meeting on 13 November. The meeting invited representatives from the trade unions, Labour councillors, councillors from Alton in Hampshire who have resigned from Labour, the Breakthrough Party, the Workers’ Party and other community organisations.

Those unfamiliar with the way the Socialist Party operates could look at its 2018-9 split. This – extended to its international fronts – was over issues of independent feminist campaigning or, as the SP leader Peter Taaffe put it, “capitulating to petit bourgeois identity politics”.

Nobody imagines that this would ruffle Galloway’s feathers, nor will TUSC’s record of campaigning for Brexit and its link during the Referendum to the hard-line Brexiters like Paul Embery and his Arron Banks supported ‘Trade Unionists Against the EU’ . Others on the left may not find this kind of language or anti-EU politics sympathetic. The fact that inside the SP they were unable to disagree democratically over such issues and had to fissure into rival groups says a lot about the way the SP internal regime operates. That may also put many people off working with them.

The group in the UK which broke with the SP during this dispute is called Socialist Alternative SA (part of a majority of what was Taaffe’s ‘international’, the CWI, the rival alliance is now called ‘International Socialist Alternative’ while the ‘Taafites’ are the ‘Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI)). SA are not part of TUSC. Stop me if you have given up on that one….

Here is how TUSC’s electoral campaigning is faring.

SWALLOWNEST – 9 DECEMBER 2021

AUGHTON AND SWALLOWNEST RESULT

(From Newshound David…)

Election of a Borough Councillor for Aughton and Swallownest ward on Thursday 9 December 2021

I, Sharon Kemp, being the Returning Officer at this election, do hereby give notice that the number of votes recorded for each Candidate is as follows:

Name of CandidateDescription (if any)Number of Votes*
Jack BannanYorkshire Party35
Louisa Kathryn BarkerThe Green Party59
Mark LambertLiberal Democrats14
Paul MarshallTrade Unionist and Socialist Coalition32
Julia Helen MitchellThe Conservative Party Candidate496
Gavin Peter ShawcroftRotherham Democratic Party15
Robert Paul TaylorLabour Party645 (ELECTED)

In Liverpool recently TUSC had the excuse for a poor result (84 votes.6.08%) because of the presence of a candidate from a local independent left electoral coalition, Beacon Liverpool, “For Municipal Socialism” (Peter Furmedge – 171 votes 12.38%) in one of the contested council seats (Kirkdale). (1)

What’s their excuse this time?

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(1) “standing as a non-party candidate but on a Beacon Liverpool manifesto.” It’s time for some new politics in Liverpool

New political party in Liverpool aiming to take on established order

Beacon Liverpool will face off against the Conservatives, the Green Party, Labour, the Liberal Democrats, and the Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition in November.

Written by Andrew Coates

December 11, 2021 at 10:30 am

Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) win 84 votes (6.08%) and 54 votes (3.74%) in Liverpool Council By-Election Breakthrough (they beat Tories and Liberal Democrats!).

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TUSC (@TUSCoalition) / Twitter

3,74% and 6,08% Breakthrough – Beat Tories and Liberals!

Labour has cruised to victory in three Liverpool City Council by-elections.

The ruling group comfortably held its seats in Anfield, Clubmoor and Fazakerley – with two former councillors returning to the authority.

Clubmoor

Matthew Smyth – Labour – 787 votes (54.50%) – ELECTED

Liam James Buckley – Liberal Party – 324 votes (22.44%)

Laura-Jayne Wharton – Independent – 167 votes (11.57%)

Ann Barbara Walsh – Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition – 54 votes (3.74%)

Peter Cranie – Green Party – 45 votes (3.12%)

Stephen Fitzsimmons – Liberal Democrat – 34 votes (2.35%)

Wendy Rose Hine – Conservative – 33 votes (2.29%)

Kirkdale

Dave Hanratty – Labour – 852 votes (61.69%) – ELECTED

Peter Furmedge – 171 votes (12.38%)

Maria Teresa Coughlan – Green Party – 160 votes (11.59%)

Roger Bannister – Trade Union and Socialist Coalition – 84 votes (6.08%)

Katie Maria Burgess – Conservative Party – 57 votes (4.13%)

Jenny Turner – Liberal Democrat – 57 votes (4.13%)

Roger Banister representing TUSC stood for Liverpool Mayor in 2021. He got TUSC – 2.88%

LabourJoanne Anderson38,95838.15%7,53546,49359.2%​​
IndependentStephen Yip22,04721.79%10,03232,07940.8%​​
Liberal DemocratsRichard Kemp17,16616.79%​​
GreenTom Crone8,7688.67%​​
LiberalSteve Radford7,1357.05%​​
ConservativeKatie Burgess4,1874.14%​​
TUSCRoger Bannister2,9122.88%​​
Registered electors336,382
Turnout101,17330.51%
Rejected ballots3,978

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George Galloway’s Workers Party of Britain won a respectable increase of 2,2% in a Canterbury by-election

Result for Gorrell ward Canterbury District Council by election 18 November 2021Green 1149 + 10.3%Labour 803 – 6.0%Tory 608 + 0.2% Workers Party of Britain, Colin Barry Gardner, 58 2.2% + 2.2%

Whitstable voters elect first ever Green Party councillor to Canterbury City Council.

Voters have elected the first ever Green Party representative to a local authority in a historic victory.

Clare Turnbull bagged a decisive win at the by-election in Whitstable last night after scooping more than 40% of the vote.

Clare Turnbull (Green) earned 1,149 votes (43.9%) – 346 ahead of her closest rival, Dane Buckman (Labour), who had 30.7% of the vote share.

The Conservative Party’s Stephen Spencer got 608 votes (23.2%) and the Workers Party of Britain candidate, Colin Gardner, earned 58 (2.2%).

While the Greens have reason to celebrate winning in a hitherto safe Labour seat in Bohemian Whitstable, the future does not look rosy for left-wing mirco-workers’ party TUSC and Galloway’s red-brown alliance with the Marxist Leninist CPGB (M-L).

The Socialist newspaper, 17 November 2021

An appeal to trade union members to stand as anti-cuts candidates

Working-class people need our own political voice, as part of our toolbox to help us stand up to attacks from the Tories and bosses. That includes in local councils. In May over 6,500 councillors are up for election round the country. Whether your union is affiliated to the Labour Party or not, you can stand as a candidate.

The Socialist Party is part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), an anti-cuts electoral alliance including the RMT transport union, executive members of other unions, former Labour MPs and many individual socialists. TUSC is organising meetings to campaign for councils to set budgets to meet the needs of working-class people, not do the bidding of the Tories. These meetings will start to gather together socialists, trade unionists, community campaigners, working class and young people, who are prepared to stand in the elections.

Please consider moving this model resolution in your union branch:

1. This [union branch] believes that despite talk of “levelling up”, it is clear that the Tory government and bosses intend to continue to make working class people pay for their crises. This includes attacks on jobs, pay, conditions and services, alongside tax hikes and price rises. As part of this, we anticipate further austerity being inflicted in local government, which is responsible for over one fifth of all public expenditure.

2. We agree that we oppose Labour councils continuing to carry out Tory cuts.

3. [We acknowledge that our union is affiliated to the Labour Party/does not currently have any political affiliation]

4. Nonetheless, this [branch] resolves to encourage our members to consider standing as anti-cuts candidates in the council elections scheduled for May 2022, noting that there is nothing that prevents them standing as candidates, in a personal capacity, for any party which truly supports trade unionist and socialist principles.

Given their election results in the former Liverpool heartland of the Socialist Party (ex-Miliant) it looks like this call will fall flat.

Written by Andrew Coates

November 19, 2021 at 12:17 pm

Socialist Party (TUSC) Beats Liberal Democrats in Nottingham Council By-Election: 76 Votes to 63!

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Socialist Party :: The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is 'up  and running' for the May 2021 elections

Beat Liberal Democrats Fair and Square.

The Trade Union and Socialist Coalition is the electoral front of the Socialist Party(SP), more specifically (in recent local elections) the Socialist Party in England and Wales and is backed by the  National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers. Chris Williamson’s Resist movement were observers, but the busy chap has been spotted more recently supporting George Galloway’s Workers Party of Britain. The other front of the Socialist Party is the National Shop Stewards Network.

The SP wishes to create a new workers’ party,

The building of a new mass working-class political voice is needed as part of the fight for a society where measures are taken in the interests of humanity and the environment.

The Socialist Party is working with the RMT rail union and others in the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition to take steps in that direction, preparing to stand candidates in next May’s elections against Starmer’s New ‘New Labour’ councillors who’ve axed so many jobs and services.

The Socialist.

This is the present mass-line.

The first meeting after the Labour Party annual conference of the All-Britain Steering Committee of the left-wing Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) took place on October 6th. The meeting agreed that Labour’s Brighton gathering marked a definitive break with the promise of fundamental change that had been offered by the previous Jeremy Corbyn leadership.

In response TUSC is issuing a call for the largest possible anti-austerity and socialist intervention to be organised in the local council elections scheduled for May 2022 – as a vital next step in the fightback against what is so clearly now a return to Tony Blair’s New Labour politics.” “Part and parcel of building a new mass workers’ party is the struggle for democratic, fighting trade unions.”

What kind of initiative is this? What is the political culture that leads small organisations to launch themselves into electoral fronts in the belief that they can create their very own, “new mass workers’ party” fired up their efforts to build “fighting trade unions”?

A parallel could be drawn from the French ‘Lambertist’ current. They founded the Parti des travailleurs (PT) in 1991, a kind of mini-workers’ party with ‘tendencies’ (who had about as much independent reality as the ‘Christian Democrats’ in the East German Nationale Front der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik). By a process by no means unique to Trotskyism this became the  Parti ouvrier indépendant (POI) in 2008, and then underwent an all-mighty split (like the SP and their breakaway, Socialist Alternative) in 2015. Their own rivals called themselves, the Parti ouvrier indépendant démocratique (POID), a weighty name.

Apart from a virulent hatred of the European Union the French group shares one thing in common with TUSC: election scores, “During the municipal elections of 2020 , the POID presented lists in a certain number of towns and cities in France, which scored between 0% and 2%.”

TUSC had high hopes a few weeks ago.

The BFAWU bakers’ union agrees to disaffiliate from the Labour Party

Posted: 28 September 2021

A recall conference of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) has voted to disaffiliate from the Labour Party, after 119 years of membership.

Following the receipt of an auto-expulsion letter from the Labour Party HQ by the president of the BFAWU, Ian Hodson, the union’s executive had decided to recall the delegates who had attended their June conference for a special meeting on September 28 with the sole agenda item on whether the BFAWU should remain affiliated or not.

Here is TUSC in action,

From The Socialist newspaper, 6 October 2021

Nottingham: Punish Labour for cruel cuts

Vote TUSC in Sherwood and St Ann’s on 7 October

Clare Wilkins, Nottingham Socialist Party

TUSC have yet to publish the by-election results.

In the spirit of comradely public service here they are (see Nottinghamshire Live).

TUSC Beat Lib-Dems!

Nottingham UA by election results 6 October
Sherwood ward
Labour 1174 – 47.4%
Nottingham Independents 629 25.6*
Tory 320 – 1.0%
Greens 195 7.9%*
TUSC 76 3.1%* Geraint Thomas
Lib Dem 63 – less!

  • didn’t stand in previous election
    Labour hold

Not so good here..

St Ann’s ward
Labour 1048 +0.9%
Nottingham Independents 204 12.7%*
Tory 193 + 1.2%
Green 92 5.7%*
Lib Dems 42 – 8.0%
TUSC 24 1.5%* Florence Chadwick

Seeing this result no doubt the BFAWU will be enthusiastically getting closer to the SP.

They have already begun a bit of fellow-travelling:

BFAWU RetweetedSocialist Party | Sheffield Branch@SPSheffield· LEEDS 9th October Youth Fight For Jobs

Take a look at that picture:

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Written by Andrew Coates

October 9, 2021 at 11:25 am