Byelection Candidates to Oppose Cuts #TUSC

20th November 2013

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is contesting eight byelections over the next few weeks, including two byelections in Cardiff.

The Hatfield town council byelection on 21 November, for the South ward, is being fought for TUSC by retired teacher, and recently resigned Labour Party member, Roy Jenkins.

The Lambeth byelection on 28 November, for the London borough's Vassall ward, follows the resignation of Labour councillor Kingsley Abrams, a member of the Unite national executive committee.

Kingsley was suspended from the Lambeth Labour group in 2012 for opposing cuts being implemented by the Labour-controlled council.

He has now resigned. TUSC candidate Steve Nally's record in fighting the Tories stretches back to being national secretary of the All-Britain Anti-Poll Tax Federation in the early 1990s.

In the first week of December six wards will be contested by TUSC in five different councils. There are two byelections in Cardiff, with the Splott electoral division being fought for TUSC by Katrine Williams, chair of PCS Wales, and the Riverside seat by socialist student Joel Beer.

In Manchester the TUSC banner will be carried by another PCS union activist, Alex Davidson, a member of the union's North West regional committee, standing in Ancoats and Clayton.

In Liverpool, TUSC is fighting the Riverside byelection, following the resignation of Paul Brant, the council's deputy mayor and finance chief.

TUSC's candidate is John Marston, a former Labour Party election agent during the 1980s struggle of the Liverpool 47 councillors.

In the Shettleston ward in Glasgow, TUSC's candidate is the underground driver and anti-bedroom tax activist, Jamie Cocozza.

TUSC will be also represented on 5 December by an 18-year old sixth-form student, Aidan O'Toole, contesting the Arbury ward on Nuneaton and Bedworth borough council.

If there is a byelection in your area and you're prepared to stand as a TUSC candidate, see or contact

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is an electoral alliance that stands candidates against all cuts and privatisation.

It involves the RMT transport workers' union, leading members of other trade unions including the PCS, NUT and POA, and socialist groups including the Socialist Party.
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