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Friday 4 June 2021

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Forward planning: the TUSC directory of future elections

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) directory of the elections taking place in May 2022 has now been published.

This directory was an annual production, referenced once as a resource by the House of Commons Library in 2016, until the TUSC All-Britain Steering Committee decided to suspend its electoral activity under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of the Labour Party in late 2018.

But after the relaunch of TUSC in September last year in response to Keir Starmer's revival of Tony Blair-style New Labourism (see https://www.tusc.org.uk/17410/04-09-2020/back-at-work-tusc-to-stand-in-elections-again-against-pro-austerity-politicians) publication has been resumed.

The directory provides a breakdown of the councils with statutory elections scheduled for the year ahead, the number of councillors up for election, and the current political control in each council listed - a tool for forward planning in the battle to get a socialist, anti-austerity alternative onto the ballot paper.

The directory is available as a PDF, by clicking https://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/448.pdf

The way forward for TUSC

At its last meeting the steering committee also began a wider discussion on the way forward for TUSC. A briefing paper had been prepared by the TUSC Chairperson, Dave Nellist, and the National Agent, Clive Heemskerk, under the heading, The Way Forward After May's Elections - Initial Points to Consider.

The document deals with future election planning; a proposal for People's Budgets campaigns in the run-up to council budget-setting meetings; the next steps towards anti-austerity unity at the ballot box; the organisation of individual members of TUSC locally and nationally; supporting the leading individual trade unionists sitting on the steering committee; and preparing for a TUSC general election core policy platform.

Although written for those already involved in TUSC the briefing paper is now also being made publicly available, at https://www.tusc.org.uk/txt/447.pdf, to facilitate the widest possible discussion on the issues raised.