After the polls close: election counts and reporting the TUSC results
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) is standing in 135 parliamentary constituencies today and 619 candidates in the English local council elections. Gathering in the results will be a big job. How and when we plan to report them on this website is explained below. But there are also other things to look out for on election night, as the 2010 election showed.
TUSC was formed just twelve weeks before the 2010 general election, with the aim of providing a common banner for trade unionists, socialists and working class community activists to contest elections. One of the early pioneer candidates was Bill Rawcliffe, who was the RMT senior steward at the Jarvis Rail services company. Bill only decided to stand, after a mass meeting of rail engineering workers, when Jarvis went into administration on March 25th and made 1,200 workers redundant while the Labour government stood by.
Bill's local MP was a certain Ed Miliband, then just a New Labour cabinet minister. We've found an old YouTube clip (see youtube.com/watch?v=JT0Z9Hb2I14) of what happened when Ed met Bill at the election night count - scenes that can be repeated in far more places than we were able to reach in 2010.
Five years on, in Doncaster alone, there are TUSC candidates in all three constituencies and fourteen council candidates.
Miliband's discomfort is clear when faced with a working class voice of protest. There'll be plenty more of that to come in the months ahead. And we can take heart from Bill Rawcliffe's confidence when he warned the establishment politicians that "you will hear more of TUSC" as "ordinary working people have shown we can stand up against you". Whatever the results today the message is clear - TUSC is here to stay.
Reporting the TUSC results: watch this space
The general election ballots will be counted first, with the results starting to come in from 2am on Friday morning.
Some of the councils with local elections this year will start counting overnight after the general election results have been declared but many will not be starting their local elections count until Friday morning.
So the reporting will be patchy. But as the information comes in, we will publish the TUSC results on this website, with the first bulletin expected for mid-morning on Friday.
And when all the results are gathered in we will post up a comprehensive overview of how the TUSC candidates fared. So watch this space.