Swansea TUSC: Let's Build on this Start!

5th May 2012

In yesterday's elections, 548 people in Swansea voted for the four Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidates in the three wards where we stood, Castle, Sketty and Gowerton.

Even though Labour had not been in power in Swansea for eight years before last night, leaving it able to portray itself as the anti-cuts party, already trade unionists and campaigners are drawing the conclusion that in order to fight the cuts they need an alternative. These hundreds of votes are the music of the future; Labour now has a dominant majority in Swansea and in councils across Wales; they have nowhere to hide from the key question: will they fight for their working class and trade unionist voters or will they pass on Tory cuts?

You only have to look at the two councils that were under Labour control in Wales before last night to see the likely answer to that question. Neath Port Talbot (NPT) and Rhondda Cynon Taff (RCT) were the pioneers of the threat and, in RCT's case, use of, the 188 notice to tear up national agreements on terms and conditions for local authority workers. Neighbouring NPT implemented a pay cut for its staff, scrapped a raft of allowances, in some case leading to cuts to take home pay for some of the lowest paid of upto 40% and, despite these savings from their own workforce, out-sourced and cut services.

With Labour in power and implementing the cuts it will be TUSC supporters that will be organising the fight back at a workplace, union branch and community level. TUSC is sinking deep roots in the trade union movement, across the UK and here in Wales; amongst the 14 TUSC candidates in Cardiff, Swansea and RCT that contested these elections, were elected representatives and activists from GMB, UNISON, UNITE and PCS, including the national Remploy trade union convenor, an organiser of the 'sparks' rank and file movement that defeated the employers plans to do away with national agreement on wages and conditions and the secretary of Swansea Trades Council. RMT branches in Wales voted to officially back TUSC in this election and TUSC was backed in a personal capacity by 3 trade union general secretaries.

Trade unionists need a new mass party to represent us, the working class needs a new mass party to fight with us; the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition is helping to bring that about. The near 1,500 votes our candidates achieved in South Wales show there is a potential waiting to be tapped and the ability of our supporters to overcome obstacles to reach working class people with our programme. Before the next elections in Wales there will be major trade union struggles against the cuts, beginning with the strike action in defence of public sector pensions on May 10. TUSC supporters will be playing our part in organising for victory in those struggles and all the time we will be pointing to the need for a political party to fight alongside us. We've taken a big step forward in the last few weeks - let's build on that in the fight to oppose all cuts!

Gowerton Results

Name / Enw Party / Plaid Votes / Pleidleisiau
Sue Jones Independents @ Swansea 660 elected
Ron Thomas Labour Party / Plaid Lafur 608
Gordon Howells Conservative Party / Plaid Geidwadol Cymru 163
Les Woodward Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 58
Voter turnout 37.02%

Castle Results

Name / Enw Party / Plaid Votes / Pleidleisiau
Erika Kirchner Labour Party / Plaid Lafur 1629 elected
Sybil Crouch Labour Party / Plaid Lafur 1623 elected
David Phillips Labour Party / Plaid Lafur 1610 elected
Fiona Margaret Gordon Labour Party / Plaid Lafur 1582 elected
Gareth Peter Jones Liberal Democrat / Democrat Rhyddfrydol 533
Allan Jeffery Liberal Democrat / Democrat Rhyddfrydol 533
Tanya May Liberal Democrat / Democrat Rhyddfrydol 511
Vicky Lewis Liberal Democrat / Democrat Rhyddfrydol 440
Patrick John Powell Plaid Cymru - The Party of Wales 274
Gez Couch Plaid Cymru - The Party of Wales 261
Harri Llwyd Roberts Plaid Cymru - The Party of Wales 254
Steve Clegg Green Party 248
Damian Paul Martin Plaid Cymru - The Party of Wales 248
Paul Raymond Morris Conservative Party / Plaid Geidwadol Cymru 241
Stephen Joseph Gallagher Conservative Party / Plaid Geidwadol Cymru 230
Sonya Winifred Rachel Morris Conservative Party / Plaid Geidwadol Cymru 228
Natasha Rhian Tomaszewski Conservative Party / Plaid Geidwadol Cymru 207
Phil Crayford Independents @ Swansea 207
Ross Walters Green Party / Plaid Werdd 193
Martin John White Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 148
Voter turnout 28.98%

Sketty results

Name / Enw Party / Plaid Votes / Pleidleisiau
June Stanton Liberal Democrat / Democrat Rhyddfrydol 1860 elected
Mike Day Liberal Democrat / Democrat Rhyddfrydol 1624 elected
Cheryl Philpott Liberal Democrat / Democrat Rhyddfrydol 1573 elected
Huw Rees Liberal Democrat / Democrat Rhyddfrydol 1433 elected
Paul Michael Meara Liberal Democrat / Democrat Rhyddfrydol 1293 elected
Paul Elliott Labour Party / Plaid Lafur 1286
Carolyn Brown Labour Party / Plaid Lafur 1272
Ian James Labour Party / Plaid Lafur 1253
Paula Pritchard Labour Party / Plaid Lafur 1172
Aisha Iftikhar Labour Party / Plaid Lafur 1082
Tony Lloyd Conservative Party / Plaid Geidwadol Cymru 1014
Steve Jenkins Conservative Party / Plaid Geidwadol Cymru 866
Craig James Robert Lawton Conservative Party / Plaid Geidwadol Cymru 848
Daniel Stephen Boucher Conservative Party / Plaid Geidwadol Cymru 771
Dayne Ryan Powell Conservative Party / Plaid Geidwadol Cymru 655
Ian Anthony McCloy Independent / Annibynnol 600
Carl Harris Plaid Cymru - The Party of Wales 529
Thomas Caldas Plaid Cymru - The Party of Wales 450
Shan Couch Plaid Cymru - The Party of Wales 412
Jon Howes Plaid Cymru - The Party of Wales 411
Rob Williams Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 195
Ronnie Job Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 147
Voter turnout: 37.96%

For a full breakdown of TUSC's result nationally, see TUSC council ward results ‘league table’
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