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Tuesday 2 March 2021

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Resisting Covid austerity at the ballot box - first TUSC candidates in place for May's polls

Last week's meeting of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) steering committee approved the first batch of candidates to contest the various elections taking place on Thursday May 6th.

The February 24th meeting was the first steering committee since the TUSC zoom conference on February 7th, attended by over 500 people. It also finalised the TUSC core policy platform for the local elections in May, which can be found at https://www.tusc.org.uk/policy - alongside the Scottish TUSC manifesto for the parliamentary contest in Scotland and the TUSC Wales Senedd election platform.

The first set of candidates for May include an executive council member of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU), which is currently undergoing a members' consultation about whether they want to remain affiliated to the Labour Party, and two members of the UNISON Local Government Service Group Executive, out of a total of 19 UNISON members on the list.

There are a number of former prospective Labour council candidates included, who now wish to stand as TUSC, and a sitting Labour town councillor. Another candidate is a Black Lives Matter campaigner who was recently fined £1,000 for organising a protest against the death of Mohamud Mohammed Hassan after he had been held in police custody - giving the struggle a presence at the ballot box.

So far 103 candidates have been agreed, involving three regional lists for the Welsh parliament elections, one constituency candidate for the Greater London Authority assembly, and 87 local council candidates, contesting seats in 39 local authorities. The full list is available at https://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/436.pdf

The date of the next TUSC national steering committee to consider candidate applications is Wednesday March 17th and application forms must be received at least two days before to be processed at this meeting.

The TUSC candidate application form for local council elections is available on the TUSC website at http://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/431.doc